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First timer - Can you please give this a lookover?

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February 12, 2013 1:47:29 PM

I'm not using this for gaming. It's for basic (for now) HD video editing (AVCHD).

Should I go with 16gm Ram? Any other recommendations?

Budget about $1,000.

Thank you, everyone, for your insight. There is a hell of a lot to learn and my experience has only been with upgrading RAM, replacing a power supply, etc.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($246.08 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.43 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.90 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($101.85 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($107.68 @ Microcenter)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.88 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.58 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1030.83

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February 12, 2013 2:15:35 PM

Should I go with 16gm Ram? yes :)  2x8GB

btw if you learn about adobe premiere optimization, gtx 6 series isnt suitable for rendering as its cuda core is actually weak

atm, gtx 5 series has the crown for CUDA performance for mercury playback engine. in premiere/AE

pro guy will stick with gtx 560 Ti or 550 Ti :) 
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February 12, 2013 2:23:32 PM

unless you're going for a 4.2ghz+ OC you can just use the Xeon E3 1240v2 and OC that to 4.2ghz on turbo method on z77 and spend more money on graphics side

I agress that the latest gen of cua has been gimped
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February 12, 2013 2:28:13 PM

^ agree, xeon is awesome choice

but the OP listed microcenter thus the price is similar :)  i7 > xeon and in case he need quick sync, HD4000 will come in handy
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February 12, 2013 6:13:34 PM

Since I'm in Jersey, I can hit MicroCenter and get a great deal on the i7!

As far as the CUDA performance, am I correct that it will really only make a difference if I go with Adobe Pro but not a hobbyist program like Adobe Premiere Elements 11, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Sony Vegas, etc? If so, getting the gtx 5 series still helps me "future proof" my rig and also be fairly powerful for these other programs. Right?
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February 12, 2013 8:44:30 PM

Well here is a 570 build so you should get pretty good CUDA performance

I also found this very cheap 570 but reviews (newegg ones) say it has a loud fan (from micro centre too)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/zotac-video-card-zt5020610...

There a couple of 560ti around the same price if you are worried about power consumption


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1008.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 17:43 EST-0500)
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