Hello all,

I am trying to put together a computer capable of acting as a strong general-purpose family computer as well as a (hobbyist) HDV editing solution. I will be using a Canon XH-A1 as my camera. What do you think about the following components (target was around $2000 without software)? These are all from Newegg.com.

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Mobo
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
Hard Drives:

  • Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives (x2) (two Windows partitions: 1 for family, 1 for video editing)
  • G-RAID3 Quad Interface RAID 1TB (for video files)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G
Video card: VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
Sound card: HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface
Monitor: SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1 Built in DTV Tuner & Dolby Digital Surround Speakers
Keyboard: Saitek PK02 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys USB Standard Eclipse II
Mouse: Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse
DVD/Blu-ray drive: Pioneer Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 8X Blu-Ray DVD Burner w/ Software Model BDR-203BKS
Speakers: Creative Inspire T10 10 Watts RMS 2.0 Speaker System = $60
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
Editing Software: Sony Vegas Pro (because of its Blu-ray features & supposed accessibility)
In particular, I was wondering what you thought about my choice of video card (and hard drives). Again, this is for non-professional, hobby purposes, and I read that video card has much less to do with NLE performance than RAM and CPU. Any comments appreciated. Thanks!