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First time build for video editing

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January 11, 2013 10:23:26 PM

After 7 years, I'm finally going to be getting an high-end PC. I've been doing research, but need some research on my findings. My goal is about $1500 with a budget limit of $2000. It will be both for videomaking and general use.

CPU: Intel i7-3770k

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4x4)


Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy

GPU: GeForce GTX 650

Boot SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5"

SSD for rendering: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB

Optical: LG WH14NS40

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R ATX Mid Tower

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

Also I'll be reusing the HDD from my current PC for simple data storage.
January 11, 2013 11:36:49 PM

The same processor is on sale for way cheaper on Microcenter, but you should buy it soon or the offer will expire:

only $229.99

The sound card isn't required, unless you really want it for video editing I assume. If you're using an SSD SOLELY for OS purposes, you really have to reason to get one that is 120gb. The optical drive listed is only if you want to burn/play bluray, but if you're not you should just get a cheaper optical drive. Iwould recommend a better GPU, and the GTX 650 is relatively weak. You should get an HD 7850, as it has very nice performance for the price. Getting a case like that is kinda pointless IMHO, and I would recommend this:

Finally, I would change the motherboard to something like an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or maybe an Extreme3. You wouldn't really need the mobo's features you chose.
January 12, 2013 12:22:02 AM

^A lot of valid points and I agree with all of them, but for a $1500-2000 build, I think he deserves more than a 7850 and Extreme3.

Here's my suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($413.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1418.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 21:15 EST-0500)

The ASRock z77 Extreme6 is cheaper than the ASUS PRO but is essentially the same, with even a few more ports. The only advantage the ASUS has over it is an integrated wi-fi which you can buy and put yourself for ~$15.

2 DIMMs of RAM for expansion purposes(though I doubt you'll need more than 16gb) and a bit more initial space.

You don't really need to separate the OS and your render drive, both on 1 SSD is fine. If you're worrying about its life span, even with enterprise workloads, modern SSDs will last at least 4-5 years before you have to worry about it dying. And by then, newer and more superior models would have been released and your current one is already outdated.

I don't see gaming in your specified system usage, so you don't need a gaming GPU. Workstation cards would perform better for video rendering.

TX650 is a good PSU, but Seasonic is better and it's FULLY modular.
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January 12, 2013 1:27:45 AM

Thanks for the responses so far. I've done some more investigation and adopted most of the changes you have suggested. My GPU needs to be an nVIDIa type; my main editing software (Vegas) generally performs better with nVIDIA than any other type of video card.
January 12, 2013 1:51:26 AM

And by the way, if you have a Microcenter nearby, you can pickup the i7-3770k for $220 right now, there's a great sale going on.