Build the best editing pc for 1600 dollars


If you have a little extra loot, consider an Nvidia GTX 680 instead of the GTX 670. They will both really help your rendering. Also, if you are not using the Adobe Creative Suits (After Effects and Premiere) you will probably be fine with an AMD Radeon 7970.

Let me know what you think!

This wattage of the power supply maybe a bit overkill, but the stuff that I chose is best quality
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  1. Uhm, first of all, your link doesn't go to the build you think it does.

    Second of all, there is NO reason to get a 680 over a 670 - the 680 is only 5% faster (3% after overclocking of both), and costs $100 more; that's not even close to worth it.

    They're (the 670 and the 7970) also both WAY too expensive for a video editing build... especially one that has a Phenom II in it - that's just a waste, and confusing. EDIT: Sorry, I realized that was in the other build you posted - I'll come back and critique more when I know what we're actually talking about. :P
  2. why? for $1600, you could grab an i7, 16gb + ram, and a mid-range to high end gaming GPU, and a quality PSU that won't crap out on you. which will perform far better for the sake of media editing.

    this is the second post i'm seeing from you making recommendation out of the blue, with poor price/performance consideration, that i am slowly assuming you're (poorly) attempting to make these threads more of an intel vs AMD flame war.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter) - absolute best CPU for rendering that won't break your bank like 3930K/3960X/3970X would
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg) - very good value cooler, can easily handle 4,4-4,5GHz overclock if your ambient temperature is 20°
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon) - very good value motherboard for single GPU systems (video editing software doesn't support multi GPU setups AFAIK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon) - 16GB should be enough for your needs, can always get another equal kit if necessary
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg) - SSD for OS and applications you work with
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US) - spacious RAID0 for less bottlenecking when working with raw video
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US) - 660 Ti provides same performance as 670 and 680 in Premiere:
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($106.24 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US) - supports up to 128GB RAM, cheaper than Windows 7 HP which supports up to 16GB
    Total: $1319.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 21:20 EST-0500)

    Rest of the budget is opened for extra case fans, optical drive and peripherals.
    Alternatively, if you don't need peripherals, you can get LGA2011 platform which is a true video rendering beast:
    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($162.99 @ Best Buy)
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