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Please Recommend New Video Editing Workstation

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January 12, 2013 12:22:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: next week
Budget Range: 1200-1600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing Workstation
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: New Build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, Amazon
Location: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel I7, I’ve had good luck with Asus MB in the past.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Best for Video editing
Additional Comments: Needs to run at least 3 monitors. 1 SSD for O/S & Software, 1 HD for Video Data, 1 HD for Backup. 1 Fast SDHC Card Reader for transfer of large HD Video files. Firewire card if not part of MB.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: New Build for Video Editing
January 12, 2013 12:38:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.94 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1192.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 09:34 EST-0500)

This will do fairly well I think. No option for Firewire and SD card readers on PartPicker, so just add these on top.
Rosewill Firewire x3 card. $30
nMedia Bunch O' ports including SD card reader. $24
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January 12, 2013 2:40:03 PM

^assuming you can go to one of the stores

please, if you are going to give good advice, please do it with proper spelling. makes you look like a idiot

and for the record, intel is more expensive. if you are talking about the intel 330, its completely under the samsung 830 in terms of performance
January 12, 2013 4:53:17 PM

I like the chalkman's build except for the following"

1. Case is a bit large
2. I'd never recommend a non CUDA card for video editing

CPU: i7-3770K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LE $120

Memory: I'd get CAS 9 instead of 10 for just $2-5 more, get the later set if the 1.6V bothers ya (It doesn't bother Intel).

Storage: I am not a fan of the Barracudas ... the Barracuda XT on the other hand are great drives but their scarcity makes them a bit expensive. At this point I am using the WD Blacks (5 year warranty) but they ain't cheap. For laying down video, ya should take a look at RAID 1 HD's or a 2nd SSD.

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Video Card: CUDA cards only for video editing - MSI Power Edition N650Ti PE - $125

CUDA capable GPUs

Adobe limits use of CUDA to certain GPUs that they have tested. However you can unlock CUDA in Adobe products following the directions here

Case: Corsair 500R - $120|11-139-009^11-139-009-TS%2C11-139-010^11-139-010-TS

Power Supply: Silverstone ST50F-ES 500W - $55

Corsair CX500 - $50

Card Readers w/ Firewire|20-132-020^20-132-020-01%23%2C20-132-021^20-132-021-03%23%2C20-132-026^20-132-026-TS%2C20-132-025^20-132-025-TS%2C20-162-019^20-162-019-03%23
January 12, 2013 5:01:08 PM

If you're doing Vegas, I'd suggest something like this Asus Sabertooth 990FX-v2 / AMD FX-8320 Piledriver Combo. Go with a FirePro V4900.

Not sure how you would like to work your disks. Nothing wrong with 120GB SSDs for both capture/scratch and output, with a big TB or 2 drives for storage/backup.

Not really sure what CS6.5 might bring.

February 11, 2013 7:01:17 AM

I a real NewB trying to puts specs together for a home workstation which will be used as a multitasking HTPC, video encoding/editing and General office, surfing etc i.e everyting EXCEPT gaming.

My question what is the min video card that i get away with. Do i need one at all.

I am currently using a i7 2630 Notebook with the video card switched off and have been able to do my transcoding/editing. The machine has started to run hot though, so i am thinking that I need to move to a workstation before I fry my notebook