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Windows 7: PC Build for Video Editing (No Gaming)

08 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7
PC Build for Video Editing (No Gaming)

Hi all I currently own a Canon t3i and want a video editing pc, mostly for music videos and live concert videos (5-15mins max on Adobe Premiere/After Effects) I will sell my current pc so the build would be from scratch. I am considering AMD 8 core vs Intel i7 vs price $950 budget. This information was posted by a user in another forum ' Here's how an AMD 8-core compares to an intel i7 4-core with HT: AnandTech - Bench - CPU '

I found this bundle at tigerdirect GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Ultra Barebones Kit - GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Board, Intel Core i7-2600K CPU, Corsair 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 RAM, Seagate 1TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, Termaltake V3 BE Mid Tower, Ultra 750Watt PSU at

Future upgrades are foreseeable. When I get back some of the money that I will invest

Thanks for your time, any additional tips would alot of help!

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08 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

You certainly want the Intel over AMD.

If you are going to be doing quite a bit of encoding/editing, I would highly recommend the Hyperthreaded CPUs (I/E 2600/2700Ks)
Video Editing is one area where the hyperthreaded can help.

What exactlly is your budget? Not that thats a bad build, but Ive never been a fan of Tigers kits.
Many times you can piece together Combo deals at NewEgg + Sales at Tigers, and get a much better quiality build build for about the same price, or a little more.

Using that same case, I can build one now with a 2600K/evga z68 SLI MOBo, and a Corsair 650W PSU for example, for just a about $20 more.
I just chose that board, because I have one and absolutely love it. Rock solid and OCs well.
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08 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7

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09 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I thought gaming was not a intended purpose?

If so, you may consider going with something like the GTX 560.
You wont need that much graphics processing power the 570 offers, especially if not if playing graphically demading 3D games.

There is of course CUDA for encoding, in which case the 570 or 670 will do much beeter but ... with a hyper threaded core i7 you'd be better off just using CPU encoding. At least IMO.
Theres not that much difference.

Just some ideas:
MOBO + RAM Combio: - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Power Supply + GTX 560 Combo: - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

CPU + BluRay Combo: - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!

Case: - Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HD - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

The same case and HD that was in the TD combo.

But, in this case, you get a better Motherboard, better RAM, higher quality PSU,a GTX 560, and a BluRay Reader and Burner vs a DVD only.
Total for this is $1003.

You can save by getting a cheaper Graphics card, especially if not gaming. No point putting to much money here.
You're probably better off focusing on Memory and CPU power first and formosy for a Video Edit/Encode build.

Also, you can drop to a DVD only drive and a good deal there, if BluRay is of no use to you.

Also, the amount of Vram on the graphics card will not make a huge difference if you run a single 1080P or close to display. Only if running multiple monitors.
The 570 has 1.25Gb and the 560 has 1GB. The 1Gb will not hurt at all, unless again, you play a lot of intesive 3D games with Hi-Res Textures.

Now, if you want to focus on GPU based encoding, you could go with the GTX 570 and drop down to something like a 2500K CPU. Same as the 2600/2700s except no hyperthreading.
Just some thoughts.

Anyway, just some thoughts and ideas. You could also go with a IvyBridge build and z77 MOBO if building from scratch. But a 2500/ 2600 or 2700 build is no slouch. Youd be happy with them I think.

edit- One other thing. If you decide to go for the GTX 570 anyway, I wouldnt get the HD model. I would recommend staying with the refrence design on these cards.
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09 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7

I will be using 1 hd 720 sony tv, will playback run smooth with the 560? I think it would depend on ram and cpu since its ram previews on adobe premiere/ae. I will drop the blue ray and buy extra 8gb ram.

Would the cpu run cool? While hyperthreading Did not see a fan or anything, havent checked all links yet.

thanks for your amazing insight wishmaster!
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09 Jun 2012   #6
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For your type of work you need mainly CPU muscle and the i7K is a good candidate - it can be OCd pretty easily. I have a similar system (but my i7 is not OCd) and get very good results with my video work.

And don't forget a SSD for the OS - a 60GB model for about $100 or less will suffice.
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09 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

8GB is plenty, at least for me it is. With 1080P source material, typical RAm use is around 6GB or so at the most.
Later you can add another 8 should you choose to.

Yes, the 560 will be more than enough and possibly even a bit overkill. The only thing that it will start having issues with are 3D games with very High texture resolutions, and high settings.
For video playback, even BluRay, it will not even break a sweat.

And I agree with WHS. Grab a small SSD for the OS only, and use the spinning drive for personal DATA, and a work area for editing.

If I were you, Id probably consider even dropping down to a GTX 550. And in return put the saving towards that SSD, and possibly a better case.
Since you have no desire for gaming, you truly do not need all that graphics power. CPU/RAM heavy is where you want to focus for your needs, and that small SSD for OS and Apps will make a huge difference as well.
And by RAM heavy Im not saying you need 16GB. But rather, instead of 4GB get 8GB.

If this was a primarily a gaming machine I would suggest a 2500K, and 4GB of 1600mhz RAM to start for example, and put the most money towards the biggest graphics card you could fit in budget, upgrading to 8GB RAM if there was buget left.

Also, with Video Encoding/Editing, this is one area where RAM speed can make a small difference. So, if the price isn't that much different, going from DDR3 1600- DDR3 1866 for example, will show a slight improvement. It may be worth considering for the intended purposes.

Just keep in mind it will be a slight/minor improvement, and the large majority of everything else it will make no difference on the actualy RAM clockspeed. So its only worthwhile if the faster RAm can be had for just a little bit more.
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20 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7

This is my list, just payed for it today.

ASUS P8Z77-V Thermaltake Barebones Kit - ASUS P8Z77-V Motherboard, Intel Core i7-2600K CPU, Kingston 8GB DDR3 RAM Kit, Seagate 2TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, Thermaltake Overseer RX-I Full Tower Case w/700W PSU at

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 Video Card - 1280MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11 at

Corsair CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler - Socket LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156, LGA1366, Core i5, Core i7 at

wanted to ask if I wanted more ram could I buy these? Kingston HyperX Blu HS 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency, 1.5V, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Intel XMP Ready at the mhz is 1600 and the ones with the kit are 1333. Would that affect me? Plus any advice would be apriciated as to what else to upgrade (got a very good job last week and have extra money to upgrade)

I mostly would love that the 'Warp Stabilizer' Effect in Adobe AE would not take so long on clips that are only 1-2minutes. But my current PC is not half of the one that is on the way so hopefully I see alot of improvement ><

Thanks good day !
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