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Old 05-16-2010, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everybody, I need some help building a computer that will be used for general use while rendering HD (720p) footage almost constantly. I record from my Xbox 360 via an HD Capture Card, so I need a computer that can edit videos.

Also, if anyone is good in the Hackintosh kinda thing, I'd appreciate a good build that could also run Snow Leopard so I can use Final Cut Pro. If your not sure about it, dont worry about it.

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Old 05-17-2010, 03:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That budget is a little tight, because just for HD capture, you're looking to spend a good $200 on a decent capture device.

Leaving about $600, which is possible, if you tell us everything that needs to be included. OS, Hard Drives, Optical Drives, Monitor, ect. ect. Do you have anything laying around/from another computer that can be reused?

As for a video capture device, I would suggest the Blackmagic Intensity, several people use them in conjunction with there Xbox 360's.

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/intensity/
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I already have an external capture device. (Haupaugge HD PVR)
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Hauppauge is good. My sis has one. hers is a pci card tho. works great.

now I highly recommend an nvidia gfx card. they can use something called CUDA which runs apps right off the GPU. there are some adobe plugins that use it as well as encoders and decoders. try those out!

as for processors intel might be a good choice, however amd has improved alot.

and running a hackintosh is not a good idea becuase your hardware choices are more limited, as well as the legality is highly questionable, as well as it not being totally 100% working right.

using windows 7/vista x64/2008 and adobe preimiere is a good way to go.
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I already have an external capture device. (Haupaugge HD PVR)
Is that the only thing you have that's going to be "recycled" to this new computer? We need to know what all you need.

I don't recommended Nvidia graphics, at the moment. Your budget is decent, if you only need the PC components. You can get a better ATI card for the same price. No, you don't get CUDA support, but there isn't a lot of applications that can take full advantage of it, to make that a decision maker.

I don't recommend Intel either, at this point. If your budget is just for the PC components, then yeah. AMD has the budget minded people in mind. You can get an AMD quad, for about the price of a mediocre Intel dual core.

Let us know what all you need, and we can cook up a nice parts list for you.
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I need all the computer components.

Also, if you could throw together both a $600 system and a $900 system that would be great. Im for sure selling my laptop, but not sure if I can find someone to buy my PS3.

Also, I heard Intel's are vastly superb to AMD processors in video-editing. Also, an AMD quad only has 4 cores period...When and i7 or i5 have virtual cores also if Im correct.
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ATi and nVidia are both supporting OpenCL and DirectCompute into their new line of GPU's, so I expect CUDA to become less and less relevant as application developers move to these new, standardized platforms. Right now ATi has the upper hand with the performance to price ratio and the 5xxx GPU's will support GPU computing through OpenCL with upcoming driver releases. I would recommend an i7 processor if your video editing software is capable of multi-core rendering as the i7 has 4 hardware cores/8 logical cores through Hyper threading. To stay under $900 you would really have to cut the video card though, might be able to get a 5770 or 5830 but I doubt you could fit a 5850 or 5870. I don't think video editing is too hard on the GPU (unless you're using GPU computing like CUDA/OpenCL) as long as you aren't rendering 3d scenes on the PC.
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ATi and nVidia are both supporting OpenCL and DirectCompute into their new line of GPU's, so I expect CUDA to become less and less relevant as application developers move to these new, standardized platforms. Right now ATi has the upper hand with the performance to price ratio and the 5xxx GPU's will support GPU computing through OpenCL with upcoming driver releases. I would recommend an i7 processor if your video editing software is capable of multi-core rendering as the i7 has 4 hardware cores/8 logical cores through Hyper threading. To stay under $900 you would really have to cut the video card though, might be able to get a 5770 or 5830 but I doubt you could fit a 5850 or 5870. I don't think video editing is too hard on the GPU (unless you're using GPU computing like CUDA/OpenCL) as long as you aren't rendering 3d scenes on the PC.

3D scenes would be like? cartoons and stuff? all I would do is edit gameplay recorded from a console
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Here's what I have so far except for a GPU. Still need helping finding that.

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor CPU

Newegg.com - Foxconn FlamingBlade LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard Mobo

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK RAM

Newegg.com - Rosewill R230-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Case

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive HDD

Newegg.com - Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40įC, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply PSU

Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners CD Drive

Total: $804.93



So I need the best graphics card possible for under $100. This rig will only be used for editing and general use, no games. If I ever get into gaming I may upgrade though. If you have any other suggestions I will be okay, if you keep it under $1000, if there is anything that will help alot more.


thanks.
I would suggest a 4850. Do you have an OS already? That tacks on another $100, if you're wanting Windows. Do you have a monitor?
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