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    Hi, guys.

    I'm building a PC for video and photo editing. I'm not a professional or anything; I'm just going to be doing the editing as a hobby.

    The software that I will be using are Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 and Photoshop CS6.

    Please tell me what you think of my specs. Would you change anything?

    Also, if you can, please answer the following questions.


    Questions

    1) Is the surge protection necessary in the UK?
    2) Is the large power supply necessary?
    3) Would an Intel Core i7 Six Core Processor (i7-3930K, 3.2GHz, 12MB Cache) be better, or will the additional cores not be necessary?


    Specs

    Processor
    Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3820 (3.6GHz) 10MB Cache

    Motherboard
    ASUS P9X79: INTEL SOCKET LG2011

    RAM
    16GB KINGSTON HYPERX GENESIS QUAD-DDR3 1600MHz X.M.P(4 x 4GB KIT)

    Graphics Card
    2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti - 2 DVI,HDMI,VGA - 3D Vision Ready

    1st Hard Disk
    120GB INTEL 330 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 500MB/sR | 450MB/sW)

    2nd Hard Disk
    500GB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 16MB CACHE

    3rd Hard Disk
    1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 32MB CACHE

    1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
    10x LG BLU-RAY RE-WRITER DRIVE, 16x DVD R/RW

    Power Supply
    CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES TX650 V2-80 PLUS BRONZE

    Processor Cooling
    SUPER QUIET 22dBA TRIPLE COPPER HEATPIPE INTEL CPU COOLER

    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE

    Network Facilities
    10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT

    USB Options
    6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS)

    Operating System
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit w/SP1

    Surge Protection
    6 Socket Compact 2M UFO Surge Protector

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    16Gb of ram but your installing home premium instead of professional???

    Whoever is building the PC and the methods they use for over-clocking will tell you the PSU required, If you can't trust them to do that...why go with them in the first place.

    As its a hobby, that spec is way over the top...also why are you loading your drives internally? Can you work out an external solution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    16Gb of ram but your installing home premium instead of professional???
    Is Professional worth the extra bit of cash? If so, I'll upgrade to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    As its a hobby, that spec is way over the top...
    If you can tell me what's over the top, I will appreciate it very much. I am a newbie. I don't know what I am doing.

    What would you change? What do I need in order to do a bit of HD video editing, while browsing the Web and working with Photoshop, all without stalling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    also why are you loading your drives internally? Can you work out an external solution?
    I thought that external hard drives were only necessary if you want to carry your files around. Is that not so?

    I appreciate your help, mate.

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    I presume you have some experience of the chosen software, but wonder why you don't stick with one supplier? Coral also does Paint shop pro which is "similar" to Photoshop, I understand. If you're going the PhotoShop route, then why not use their Video editor, so there is some x-action possible?

    The spec read good to me, although I'm not convinced by SSD's and IMHO, 1Tb is quite small for a new-build. (Having just bought a 3T -that cost no more than a 1Tb about 2-years ago).

    I agree about External-drives. ...and provided you have the space, internal drives are likely to be more satisfactory, although you might like to consider a removable drawer, so your precious files can be stored safely, e.g. when you are on holiday....
    Power supply...sounds about right, but maybe more is better? Even 100W more gives margin, although quietness (of the whole PC) is pretty important.
    Do you know this "Builder" personally, or know them to be reliable by association, perhaps? That's good as you may find you need them again should you want to upgrade.

    Frankly for the amount of budget you're spending, I'd go for the six-core, but check on "hyperthreading" as this is said to "multipy" the action of cores....
    Audio - not sure about that SB card. "SE "reads like a Budget card....but a MBO with integrated Audio is pretty cutting-edge compared with say 5-years ago.....but I'd like to see a sound-card that takes MIDI, even though modern keyboards use USB . . . . which reminds me - you should have several USB3 ports and ideally an eSATA for those external file-swaps . . . . although many prefer USB.


    What's missing?
    .... did I see Firewire? a PCI card cost about 10 and means yr PC can handle older footage which you may come across. I fitten one to my PC (but NOT PCIexpress as these card-slots are precious and Firewire works OK on PCI, I understand......I've not managed to test the card, but...

    Good Luck.
    Last edited by vidmanners; 07-24-2012 at 11:00 PM.

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    More internal drives give more heat on the inside which could lead to a nosier tower. Nout wrong with internal drives though! I was wondering what the decision process that lead you to choose internal disks. Have you thought about buying a pair of 1-TBs and raiding them? Either Raid-0 for performance or Raid-1 for safety?

    That I7 is over-kill, a quad I5 will do what you need and save money.

    What Editor are you going to use? The right GPU could increase performance if matched to an editor

    Professional has a few more "nice" items inside it, also if you go above 16GB of ram in the future, home premium cannot use it. Pro can use up to 100+

    Try scan.co.uk - May give you some ideas as to conception of what your after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidmanners View Post
    I presume you have some experience of the chosen software, but wonder why you don't stick with one supplier?
    To be honest, I didn't know that Corel made a photo editor. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Quote Originally Posted by vidmanners View Post
    Do you know this "Builder" personally, or know them to be reliable by association, perhaps?
    I was going to buy it from PCSpecialist.

    Quote Originally Posted by vidmanners View Post
    What's missing?
    .... did I see Firewire? a PCI card cost about 10 and means yr PC can handle older footage which you may come across. I fitten one to my PC (but NOT PCIexpress as these card-slots are precious and Firewire works OK on PCI, I understand......I've not managed to test the card, but...
    I have to look into this Firewire thingy. I don't know what it is.

    Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    Have you thought about buying a pair of 1-TBs and raiding them? Either Raid-0 for performance or Raid-1 for safety?
    I didn't know what RAID was until now! I'll look into it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    That I7 is over-kill, a quad I5 will do what you need and save money.
    The i7 was recommended on some other sites.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    What Editor are you going to use? The right GPU could increase performance if matched to an editor
    I was going to use Corel VideoStudio Pro X5.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    Professional has a few more "nice" items inside it, also if you go above 16GB of ram in the future, home premium cannot use it. Pro can use up to 100+
    I think I'll definitely upgrade to Professional!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    Try scan.co.uk - May give you some ideas as to conception of what your after.
    Now that looks like a useful site. Thanks!

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    Great specs for sure. Im using SSDs + 3T disks (internal) and love it (the SSD I mean)! Fast, really fast..... Make sure you have some e-sata and USB 3.0 in front of your tower. I left my USB3.0s on the back and now I have some cables hanging around, what is awful. With such a hot machine, an I7 is something "expectable" I think, as well as the PRO win64.... Talking about hot, coolers and/or water coolers..... My coolers (4) all go full-speed while rendering, so I guess they are needed!! Never used watercoolers, so cant say anything...

    Have fun with your new machine!

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