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    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)

    ~$560 shipped

    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)

    ~$580 shipped

    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,

    LMHmedchem


    Upgrades,
    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)

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    More than 100 views on this thread and no suggestions? Did I post this in the wrong place?

    I assumed that these were fairly straightforward questions for users who do video editing on a regular basis.


    LMHmedchem

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMHmedchem View Post


    I assumed that these were fairly straightforward questions for users who do video editing on a regular basis.


    LMHmedchem
    I drive my car on a regular basis, but I wouldn't have a clue what parts to buy to build one.

    So, you need to wait for someone who takes an interest in hardware AND is interested in a budget system.

    They will come along. System sounds OK. Personally I'd always go with Intel processors as I've had more problems with AMD. But AMDs represent very good value.

    Go for the cheaper system but add a second hard drive. OS & Programs on one, data (ie your video) on the other.
    Tim

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