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January 24, 2013 4:17:20 AM

I'm going to be building a new PC this year, primarily for video editing.
I've always watched friends design and build PCs, but have never done my own build. I'd consider myself pretty good with computers, but want to consult your guys' incredible knowledgebase before dropping $1000+

As for this thing's uses, I'll be primarily running Premiere CS6, After Effects CS6, as well as moderate usage of the rest of the CS6 suite, plus light uses of other randoms like Cinema 4D, Pro Tools, etc. Editing will mainly consist of Canon DSLR footage, but really a mixture of everything, from GoPro to RED.

What I have lined up right now is:
Intel Core i7-3770K
MSI Z77A-GD80 ATX LGA1155 Mobo
EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB GPU
Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Sandisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HD
Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooler
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V PSU
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case

I'm pretty tired of waiting on laggy computers, so I'm ready to go hard, so let me know if something looks to be severely bottlenecking stuff. On the other hand, if something is just way too overkill for the system, I am still a student, so I'd also like to avoid throwing away money too haha.
I'd love to hear your opinions! Thanks.

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January 24, 2013 4:29:53 AM

The build looks great except i would get the ocz or intel ssd. make sure you install your software for adobe on the ssd because they run great on the ssd i currently do the same. also the video card i just recieved some great advice about video cards and i would recommend the evga gtx 670. otherwise it looks great good luck with the build.
January 24, 2013 4:33:59 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Topower 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $957.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 01:32 EST-0500)

This a pretty good build for a little under $1000
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January 24, 2013 4:36:00 AM

wow, MPE optimized rendering machine :) 

are you going to OC?
what is your budget?

i can help you get the better part
January 24, 2013 4:41:01 AM

2884198,3,1480942 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Topower 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $957.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 01:32 EST-0500)

ehhhhh i feel like the build he said was better than this one im not a fan of 90% of these parts. amd is good for a budget build but the build jessejester117 originally stated is better.


January 24, 2013 4:42:27 AM

e_X said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Topower 1000W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $957.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 01:32 EST-0500)

This a pretty good build for a little under $1000


worse cpu
cheap ssd
CHEAP psu(never even heard of this brand)

cheap build. you typically get what you pay for and if you cut corners you typically will pay for it down the road.

OP i like everything except that you are only getting 16 gb of ram instead of 32. ram is cheap get as much as possible if you think you might use it. also consider a bigger hdd. idk how much space you use but bigger drives arent that much more.

btw you arent running these programs on remote access software through your school are you?
January 24, 2013 5:00:25 AM

@cbr good point about the remote access. lol i know e_x what is that crap he recommended a junk computer. was that some kind of automated response or something.
January 24, 2013 5:31:08 AM

Intel i7 3770k is better then the 8350 even in editing. Unless hes on a budget he should get the i7
January 24, 2013 5:37:02 AM

yeah i use the 3770k and its awesome and its overclockable if you want that extra push. with my h80 my 3770k sits at 28 C stock
January 24, 2013 6:03:35 AM

Thanks for the replies!
Yeah I was looking at overclocking it. Maybe not right out of the gate, as I imagine it'll already probably be pretty fast, but eventually yeah. Thus the watercooler.
As far as budget, I was hoping to stay around the $1500 mark--preferably less, but we all know how that goes.
I only had 16gb RAM on there right now for budget reasons, but was planning on getting more eventually. I opted for the 2x8 so I can just throw two more 8's on w/o tossing the olds. Do you think 16 will be able to handle it?
For the HD's I was kinda thinking of going the same route as the RAM: get more later. Potentially set up RAID down the road, as HD's can only get cheaper.
And no, I won't be running via remote access.
Should I stick with windows7 for the time being, or just go with 8 while it's cheap [aka before Jan 31st]
January 24, 2013 6:10:40 AM

NOOOO stay with windows 7. and 16gb will be fine im sure.
January 24, 2013 6:12:16 AM

i run my adobe on 16 gig i give you my word you will be fine and i agree with you on ssd drives will only get cheaper. windows 8 is good but you have to run a lot in win 7 compatibility mode as admin. but over all i love windows 8 and yes windows 7 is more stable at the moment. bottom line you have a good build listed there and you will be fine running your adobe because my rig is very similar to that and im running great with awesome rendering. good luck bro order up.
January 24, 2013 7:59:36 PM

jessejester117 said:
Thanks for the replies!
Yeah I was looking at overclocking it. Maybe not right out of the gate, as I imagine it'll already probably be pretty fast, but eventually yeah. Thus the watercooler.
As far as budget, I was hoping to stay around the $1500 mark--preferably less, but we all know how that goes.
I only had 16gb RAM on there right now for budget reasons, but was planning on getting more eventually. I opted for the 2x8 so I can just throw two more 8's on w/o tossing the olds. Do you think 16 will be able to handle it?
For the HD's I was kinda thinking of going the same route as the RAM: get more later. Potentially set up RAID down the road, as HD's can only get cheaper.
And no, I won't be running via remote access.
Should I stick with windows7 for the time being, or just go with 8 while it's cheap [aka before Jan 31st]


my point with the hard drives was that you spend 85 for a 1 tb hard drive now or 140-150 for a 3tb drive now instead of spending over 200 over time for 3tb.

i was just wondering about remote access cause its weird for this mid range budget build to be built around a 2500 dollar software package....
January 24, 2013 10:25:13 PM

The main reason I wasn't considering getting one huge HD is because I was planning on eventually running RAID, and in that circumstance would probably use a bunch of 1TBs..
In regards to CS6, Adobe Creative Cloud is only $30/month for students, for the whole production suite.
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