Hello to the videoforums,
I am building a video editing box in the $600 range.
I don't know how firm that budget is, or the extent to which parts from older systems will be re-used. I already have a 22" monitor, and I don't need an OS. I am not sure about a video card yet. There is already a video card available, but I don't know what it is. I may keep it for now, or look to CF if it is a decent card. The main performance use will be to run Pinnacle and possibly CakeWalk sound editing software.
Here are two possible lists,
NZXT M59 001BK ATX Mid Tower ($40 w/PROMO +freeship)
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ($80 AMIR)
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H 890GX SATA 6 USB3 ($115 MC w/bundle)
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad-Core Processor 955 BE ($160)
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM ($105)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB ($40 w/PROMO)
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner SATA Model iHAS124-04 ($18)
the second build is the same as above, except with,
Intel Core i5 750 Processor Boxed ($170)
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 P55 SATA 6 USB3 ($130 AMIR)
At the moment I am leaning toward the AMD (probably with a 965BE) because the motherboard has a nice feature set and is only $115 at MicroCenter. If I end up doing crossfire on the card, the AMD board has 2x8x lanes. I would need a much more expensive Intel board to do that, although there appear to be some low cost MSI boards (MSI P55A-G55) that have the same feature set as the GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H 890GX for ~$125.
Obviously SSD or a raid0 would be very nice, but I don't think that is in the budget at the moment, although I could look at a second 500GB, since they are $40 at the moment.
Important questions are,
- what are the video card requirements
- is 8GB of RAM useful, or will it go unused by the software
- is a hex core CPU useful, or will the extra cores go unused
- which platform gives the best performance with video editing software
(Phenom II 955, 965, 1055T w/890GX or i5 750, i7 860 w/p55)
Comments and advice would be appreciated,
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic ($70 +freeship)
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W Modular ($100 AMIR)
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition ($180)
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T AM3 Processor ($200)