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£1000 Budget PC (Help Required!)

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January 14, 2010 6:01:02 PM

First of all, ive never built my own PC before, but ive upgraded ram, changed hard drives, cd drives etc, installed windows so im not worried about opening up an electronic gadget and having a go ... I want to create a super fast computer which will reduce the time of say 12 hours to encode a High Definition video file to around 15-30minutes. My budget is a grand. What parts would I need? and what are the options? Thanks for your suggestions ...

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January 14, 2010 6:07:05 PM

Might want to check out the thread in my signature. It's a lot easier to help you then. Are you doing absolutely no gaming? It's also very likely that what you're asking is impossible...

I have no idea on prices over there in the UK (or where to look), but this is the basic build.

CPU: i7-920
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
RAM: Cheapest 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 kit
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB (or 1 TB)
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find
Case: Antec 200 or Antec 300
PSU: Corsiar 450W
GPU: Radeon HD 4850

Check the prices on that. It should be under budget.
January 14, 2010 6:12:40 PM

Cheers, funnily enough im actually looking at that thread now ...

£1000 is the max im willing to go too ... but ideally I want to spend as least as possible to reach my objective of drastically reducing high-def video encoding times.

Purchasing parts wont be difficult, I plan to shop around on eBay and online websites ... also got computer stores in my town so i'll have a look, no rush.

I just need some one to tell me EXACTLY what I need to buy, as I dont know whats compatible with what etc; then i'll be able to follow instructions and put it all together hopefully.
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January 14, 2010 6:20:06 PM

I'm going to have to agree with MadAdmiral (not really all that unusual)...are you saying that it takes your current system 12 hours to encode a video, and you want to reduce the time to 4% (30 minutes) of that?

To start with, it would help to know your current specs. Secondly, have you seen reports of people doing this? If so, do you know what their system specs are? Unless you're currently running on an 8-year-old computer, I would be surprised if you could do this for the amount of money you are looking at spending.
January 14, 2010 9:31:55 PM

Fair enough 30 minutes is a bit ambitious, but ive read you can do it in about an hour.

My current specs are:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 2.91 Ghz
4 GB Ram

To encode a 720p high def video it takes me 6-7 hours. And for a 1080p 12 hours.
January 14, 2010 10:51:55 PM

This is a build based on a 1156 socket.

CPU: Intel i7 870 £415
MOBO: Only needs to be around the £100 mark, MSI P55-CD53 £95
RAM: Around £100 for 4GB of DDR3 1600Mhz RAM/£200 for 8GB.
PSU: 450W Corsair CMPSU-450HXUK, Modular, 7 year Warranty £60
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB £70
HSF: Keep the cpu cool while doing lots of hard work Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus £~25
DVD Drive: SATA £20
Case: Antec 300 £45
Graphics Card: Not too sure on this area, but if no gaming, then a 5750 £90 (prices range from about £90 to £115) or a 5670 £75 (prices range from about £75 to £100), a review I've seen shows that the 5670 can get quite hot under load (80c), so if heat is an issue then the 5750 would be better and not much more expensive. Both are very low power cards. Both are around the same price as a 4850 will be new from an online retailer. A review of the 5670 for anyone who is interested:

Total: £985

(This was RAM that would have gone in a Bloomfield system - 1600Mhz CAS 7 1.65V, OCZ 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Reaper Triple Channel Kit CL7 1.65V £172
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz Triple Channel i7 XMS Memory Kit CL7 1.65V £175)