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Old 01-04-2008, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Heya. A buddy of mine makes movies he's pretty serious about this now, he has a full length feature film to his name. Within the next 2 months or so, he's looking to build a new PC, with two LCD's and Two TV's, one HDTV and one lower grade, so he can see how it will look to viewers. Im thinking basically build a gaming PC... A strong PC is a strong PC, and if it can game, it can edit right ? Also, he does not plan to OC, but I *WILL* change that when he see's how much the Q6600 OC's. So here's what im thinking...

**Not sure on SLI yet**Not sure how many HDD yet, probably two**

Displays:Newegg.com - Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built in Speakers - Retail
MOBO:Newegg.com - ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
CPU:Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
CPU Cooler: Newegg.com - Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail
GPU:Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-N841-A3 GeForce 8800GTS (G92) 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
RAM:Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
HDD:Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
PSU:Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TUV, CCC, C-tick - Retail
SC:Newegg.com - Creative 70SB046A00003 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card - Retail
Case:Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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He has a lot of other sound equipment, but he's convinced the integrated sound is good enough, for as much sound processing as he does, I figured that Creative card would give him absolute control. Any additional input is greatly appreciated.
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Drop the expensive graphics card if hes not gaming, get 4GB ram. keep the soundcard.
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Agree with the above, I don't see anything wrong with not OCing, it will save on aftermarket parts, and doesn't void warranty. Its only really here, on places where there are loads of gaming enthusiasts that its generally considered a good thing. It would also save on mem (although those tracers are a great deal)

4Gb mem is a must, along with large hard disk space. maybe a pair of 500Mb Seagate barracuda 7200.10s or 11s

Equally, why not save money and get a p35 board. There is no real need for X38, its just a waste of money in this case. how about P35-DS3R?

maybe 64 bit XP for more RAM capacity?
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For video editing, if youre really serious then you would need a quadro series card, not a geforce. Also, onboard sound is not ok for video editing, as you want high quality sound (24bit) which onboard cant do.Video takes up a lot of space (especially hi-def) i would add another 2 or 3 500gb hd's or two 750gb hd's.

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For video editing, if youre really serious then you would need a quadro series card, not a geforce. Also, onboard sound is not ok for video editing, as you want high quality sound (24bit) which onboard cant do.Video takes up a lot of space (especially hi-def) i would add another 2 or 3 500gb hd's or two 750gb hd's.

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You dont need a Quadro for video editing. They are designed for CAD work, not video work. The CPU is the main workhorse where video and such is involved.
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You dont need a Quadro for video editing. They are designed for CAD work, not video work. The CPU is the main workhorse where video and such is involved.
I see.

Thanks all for the help so far, all good suggestions. I am unshure of the video card still, I know there were some really good cards for it and I was thinking just a powerful video card could handle the application.

Yeah, he's not pricing anything together yet, im jumping the gun in his favor because when he asked I really didn't have an answer. I just basically figured that a strong PC is a strong PC, build a gaming computer and you'll have a nice system.

His other option of course, is Macintosh. Since its the industry standard and has *The* most used video editing software (not sure what its called but my friend raves about it) he's also thinking mac... But he feels the pain of not building one himself, and overpaying Mac prices.
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You dont need a Quadro for video editing. They are designed for CAD work, not video work. The CPU is the main workhorse where video and such is involved.

Ummm, the quadros are used for both cad/cam and dcc (digital content creation) man. Pixar studios uses these for thier cgi animation, video is both graphically and cpu intensive.
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