Building a machine for video editing

Hi there,

I've built numerous computers in my day but my last rig lasted me about 10 years (it's a core 2 duo), so I am a little rusty on all the latest and greatest hardware.

I have gotten into a lot of video editing lately and the old computer SIMPLY does not cut it. I have $1200ish to spend on a new rig.

I have a preferred partner membership at NCIX (meaning I get cheap computer parts). What CPU, motherboard, SSD, RAM combination should I be looking at?

I need a mother board with many USB ports and over 5 Sata plugins. I have a lot of HardDrives.

Any tips?
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($288.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($71.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1068.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 13:11 EDT-0400)


    all ncix, i7 with 16GB of ram for video editing
    and gtx 660 is the sweetspot for GPU acceleration on adobe premiere/AE and some popular video editing softwares
  2. AMD Radeon said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($288.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($71.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1068.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-12 13:11 EDT-0400)


    all ncix, i7 with 16GB of ram for video editing
    and gtx 660 is the sweetspot for GPU acceleration on adobe premiere/AE and some popular video editing softwares


    I was always under the impressrion that a graphics card didn't play any part in the compression (that it was all CPU). Is this not the case? Also, do you know if you have to setup Adobe Premier in a special way to make use of the Video Card?

    I am wondering because I'm thinking it's an important observation... meaning I'd rather throw more money into the CPU.

    Also, I need a mother board with as many sata ports as possible because I have MANY HardDrives to attach.
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