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?