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Multimedia editing PC £750 - £850

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October 23, 2009 8:56:28 AM

Hey guys, I'm after a decent Graphic design, Audio and HD video editing system. I don't edit video professionally, it's more of a hobby at the moment, however getting a PC that can do it nice and fast would allow me do get into it more. I'm currently using Adobe's CS3 suite, I also do a bit of gaming. This will be my first attempt at building a PC, I have friends that can help me put this together and I've done a bit of research and found a few guides. I basically I need all the help I can get choosing the best parts! I'll be coming from a Dell XPS 600 so, yeah, lol.

The goal is to have a fast PC capable of running a few Adobe programs, Firefox + tabs and music at the same time without any trouble or slowing, along with some gaming options. I have seen a few Graphics and video editing system posts about, but I wanted to be sure, so I made my own thread. Hope you don't mind!


BUDGET RANGE: £750 - £850

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Adobe's CS3 Suite - Graphic design. Simple HD Video editing. Web browsing in excess. Watching films. Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: OcUk, ebuyer? I'll go on what people here think is best and can vouch for.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom, Scotland.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Any that fit the needs.

OVERCLOCKING: I don't think so, no.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1650x1050px (Samsung SyncMaster T220 22" 20000:1 VGA/DVI)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The PC will be running a lot. The quieter the better, my room is a bit stuffy and dusty as well so good air flow is probably a requirement. I have pre-ordered Windows 7 Home Premium if that effects anything. I'm also looking at the possibilities of adding another monitor 1650x1050px monitor and a 7.1 speaker system to the setup in the future, sometime after the building of the PC probably. This will ultimately be a learning experience for me, and hopefully an enjoyable one!

Any and all help is greatly appreciated and respected. I look forward to hearing from you all. Thanks!
October 23, 2009 4:10:56 PM

Intel Core i5 750 2.66Ghz Retail + Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising Game - £159.99
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

Asus P7P55D Pro Intel P55 - £132.97
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB...

G.Skill Ripjaw 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL8 - £72.99
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5850 1024MB - £198.98
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX...

Antec 900 Nine Hundred + Antec TruePower New 750W PSU - £169.72
http://www.ebuyer.com/bundle/PRFXTD8T8

Seagate ST3500418AS 7200.12 500GB Hard Drive - £35.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158860

Sony AD-5240S 24x DVD±RW DL Internal SATA - £15.99
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/170014

Total = £786.64


5850 comes with two DVI ports so a second monitor won't be a problem. The onboard sound should be fine for those speakers. I included a 750W PSU so you'll have the option of adding a second 5850 somewhere down the line.
October 23, 2009 4:20:41 PM

I'd go for the an i7 860 or i7 920. Also fast hard drives help a lot.
If it's a standard hard drive, then get some thing with 32MB of cache.
Western Digital Caviar Blacks are very nice. We have the Intel X25-M G2 SSDs and i7 860s in all of our Art computers here at work. They are super fast. Performance has tripled since the upgrades. Adobe CS4 is faster than ever and we're only using Windows XP 32-bit but soon to be Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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