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Old 10-21-2012, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help with a build for video editing please?

Hello there,

A friend recently asked me for advice in confirming his choice of build for video editing. I personally cannot find much wrong with it, but just for peace of mind, more opinions would be valued; budget is around £1200, maximum £1400. The quote below is entirely from pcspecialist.co.uk.

Case; CORSAIR CARBIDE SERIES™ 300R COMPACT GAMING CASE
Processor; Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3820 (3.6GHz) 10MB Cache
Motherboard; ASUS® SABERTOOTH X79: SOCKET 2011
RAM; 16GB KINGSTON HYPERX GENESIS QUAD-DDR3 2133MHz X.M.P(4 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card; 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 670
HDD; 120GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD (To be used as a boot drive only; all large media files will be kept on an external USB 3.0 drive.
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive; 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Power Supply; CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE
Processor Cooling; COOLIT ECO II A.L.C ADVANCED LIQUID COOLER
Sound Card; Asus Xonar DG 5.1 SoundCard & Headphone AMP (Award Winner)

Initially he was having trouble choosing between the 3820 and the 3770k, with the reasoning that the 3770k can be OC'ed to out-perform the 3820 by a considerable margin. I advised him to go with the above build and use a 3930k, if he can push the budget that far, on the basis that the x79 currently has better specs in terms of memory bandwidth, more PCI-e lanes and scope for upgrade at a later date. Whats the opinions here on this issue too?

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Default Re: Help with a build for video editing please?

Few things I can see is that CPU issue you mentioned. If this rig is for video editing then you don't need a gaming graphics card, and with a GPU that isn't so expensive you can up the budget for a 3930k. Btw, the 3820 can OC too.
Next thing is, you don't need that motherboard for a video editing rig. A budget oriented Asus or ASRock would suffice. Something like this would be more than plenty.
Newegg.com - ASRock X79 Extreme3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Get this SSD instead.
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Is the BD really needed? Like, will he really be using this rig for Blu-Ray watching? If so then leave it, if not then there isn't a reason to have it on there.

The sound card is also not needed at all unless your friend has studio grade bookshelf speakers and a Class A amp or extremely expensive set of cans.

On that note, you should probably use a site like this:
Overclockers UK - Computer components, hardware & gaming PC

So you can get the parts individually and can save a little bit of money getting cheaper parts.
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