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Building a Video Ediitng/Gaming computer


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Hi folks! I've found great help in this forum before, and I would dearly appreciate your help again. We're putting together a computer which will be used to both play heavily animated video games, but more importantly it will be used to edit audio and video. Right now we've been editing video on a Mac, but we need a heavier-duty machine that won't take forever to render the video. SO, without further ado, the parts list:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower

Motherboard
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

RAM
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

Graphics Card
EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

HDD
Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Power Core
XFX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Fan (precautionary, if needed)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Thanks for your help!
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Hi Georgia Peach, Posted Image

A little more information will enable us to Taylor the help to your needs.

What will be your budget?
What is the editing software you use, ie, Adobe?
Will you be dependent on the computer to earn an income?
What camera do you use for video/stills?
What type/make/model of sound equipment will you be using?
What make/model/size and number of monitors will you use?
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Thank you iammykyl for your reply. Here (interspersed in your question) are the answers:

What will be your budget?
$1500-2000

What is the editing software you use, ie, Adobe?
Adobe Aftereffects CS4 or 5/ Adobe Photoshop CS4 or 5/ Sony Vegas 9 (I
would prefer to use Final Cut Pro 6 but I know that this is not an
option.)

Will you be dependent on the computer to earn an income?
Yes

What camera do you use for video/stills?
Sony AVCHD Camcorder (and others)

What type/make/model of sound equipment will you be using?
N/A (various)

What make/model/size and number of monitors will you use?
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300
cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers


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Thank you for your reply and answers to the questions.

Given the software you are using, tried to configure the highest performing build, keeping as close to your budget as possible. Could only include 3 HDDs, 7 would be optimal using onboard controllers, (add when budget allows) It also lacks a card reader and Fire-wire.

Info, Please read pages 1 to 3 , > http://forums.adobe....tart=0&tstart=0 and >
https://www.videoguy...4ce243a6c6.aspx

> http://pcpartpicker.com/p/geks $1745.00 + This Motherboard, not currently on the site, > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128562
$260.00 Total, $2005.00
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Hi

Georgia Peach,




How is your project going? An update would be appreciated. Following your thread to a conclusion helps all who may read the topic in the future.



Thanks.


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My apologies for not responding to the last entry. Still reading and figuring it all out. We hope to have the system parts chosen soon. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

Thank you so much for your assistance and advice!
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Thanks for the update Georgia Peach.


We would be very interested in seeing your proposed specifications.



Some info.


Should you build the system yourself, it will need to be stress tested to make sure it is stable. Loaded with your software. The OS optimized, and tested again for stability. I advise keeping your existing work computer operational until you are fully satisfied with the performance of you new one.


The GPU I suggested is a consumer card with a standard warranty. If you decide on a professional GPU like a Quadro, usually more expensive, it would come with a full support service included in the price.

As it is a work environment, an option may be to take your specification to a system builder where they would build, bench test and optimize and offer a service agreement as well.

If we can be of any further help, please post.

Regards.

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Hi iammykyl:

I have a question about the motherboard (based on the reviews). Apparently a CPU cooler that is of a certain size will block the first PCIe slot. Do you know if the cooler specified (Nocturn NH-D14, which is something like I haven't seen before :) will block that slot or no? It sits up, but it looks seriously huge.

Thanks!
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the cooler specified (Nocturn NH-D14, which is something like I haven't seen before

:)

will block that slot or no?

Please make sure that you select the correct cooler for the socket you may use. The GA-X79-UP4 socket 2011 (in my specs) is currently not on the list as it is only just released, you would need to contact Noctua support.

Motherboard compatibility list for the Intel 2011 Socket., > http://www.noctua.at...&products_id=41

The hight of the RAM is also important for clearance.
RAM comparability list, > http://www.noctua.at...ts_id=34&lng=en

Diagram RAM clearance, > http://www.noctua.at...roducts_id=41#3

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Fantastic! Thanks :)
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Your welcome.
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Okay -- we've updated our specs (thanks for the link to pcpartpicker btw). It's mostly the same as you suggested, but we've added a monitor as well. When you have time, please take a look and give your assessment.

The latest specs

Thanks again!!
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Your build will benefit from a larger screen that has a faster response time, a suggestion for you while iammyky is offline http://www.newegg.co...ID=3938566&SID=
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Hi.


Compatibility issue.


The selected PSU is to large to fit in any enclosers except specified Antec ones, > http://www.antec.com...uct.php?id=NzIw




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Thanks again iammykyl for that note on compatibility. We've been discussing what we'd need and spec'ing out. Here's the final "perfect" version:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h6VZ

However, it's priced around $2200, so I tried going in and changing some things. What I came up with is around $1800. My question at this point would be -- are we losing performance/durability by going with the less expensive version? Here it is:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h9Xm

I can't thank you enough for all the time and advice you are giving us! :notworthy:
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