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Old 01-11-2011, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have done much research and know the concepts and ideas I need to follow to do this build. However, I have a lot of variables to consider.

Computer's uses:
  • recreational CAD (Microstation V8, maybe AutoDesk Inventor) {can be sacraficed}
  • video editing (Corel Video Studio Pro V3) {most important}
  • Internet browsing, email
  • Photos/video


Factos to consider:
  • I'm not the only user, parents will use for browsing/email
  • Would like to stay under $500

What I have found for video editing:
  • RAID 5 set-up is preferred
  • 7200 RPM Hard drives
  • Hyperthreading is a must
  • Workstation grade graphics
  • 9+ megs per second sustained throughput
  • 12gb memory

My Idea:
It would obviously be ideal to build a sweet i7 package for around $1500-2000 but it can't be done with my budget, so...I want to know if I can get the performance I need from older but still good technology?

The List:
  • 3.4GHZ Pentium 4 processor 651 Refurbished $34.99
  • GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775 G41 mATX Motherboard $49.99
  • Barracuda 7200.12 250GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST3250318AS - OEM $39.99 x 3 = $119.97
  • 8gb memory.....$?
  • GeForce GTS 250 512MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 x16 Low Profile Video Card $109.99

This is just an idea, as I was writnig this I had to make changes because the parts were purchased, jeez, all is from MicroCenter. I can't afford to do a RAID 5 set-up so I would do a RAID 0 if supported, and run a separate hd for my os, and probably an old hd for storing pictures. Please let me know your ideas, I don't mind constructive vriticism. Thanks in advance.
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Constructive Criticism :P :The standards raised by the recommended specs for video editing have got to go. A 7200rpm HD is the only plausible, but, for example, the workstation graphics alone will devour your budget. Hyperthreading is also not a "must." It would help but the Intel Core series is out of your budget.

Let me throw something together that's realistic and I'll post back.

EDIT:
Ok, here is a build that will do what you need it to relatively well.

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136320

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814187133

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139004

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

CPU/Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.581263

Case (Just a suggestion. It's really up to you)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...l%20challenger

$494.93 + S&H
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I really appreciate the quick response and time to put something together. I can also avoid buying a case because I have a lot laying around! Also, about the 500gb HDD, I have my old computer hard drive in which I can run my os on, so should I go 500gb or with the money saved from case, buy 2 250gb? or better to use the money saved and go with 4 x 2gb memory?
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You would see better performance from 4X2gb. The dual HD would only affect load times.
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What size case(s)? ATX or mATX?

The WD Black are very fast drives. If it were me I would get one for my OS and use any other drives as storage and/or backups.

If you are doing video encoding then 4x2GB might serve you well.
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ATX, so run the WD for the os, and anything else for dedicated video storage?
I have found a lot of useful information here Videoguys Blog - Videoguys' System Recommendations for Video Editingfor anyone interested
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