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$1,200 hobby gopro editor

zudnik
  • 54 months ago

Looking to spend about $1,200 not including monitor. My middle school son is really getting into editing gopro videos. He'd like to be able to do 4K. If it takes awhile to import convert and render that's ok but the system needs to be able to handle it.

Here's a list I'd put together but it's over budget and to be candid, not really sure about it since I never built anything before. Sorry here is the part list I'd put together http://pcpartpicker.com/user/zudnik/saved/btQJ7P

He's 14 and is going to build it with me so it should be a great learning experience.

Thank you!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you forgot the link to the list.

Do you need OS or peripherals included in the budget?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully you don't need OS or peripherals included, because $1200 is just the right amount to get a great editing computer! Render times will be a bit slower than ideal (because 6+ core hyperthreaded processors get really expensive really fast), but this is great for even a mid- to high-level 4k editing build.

The drive situation is a bit weird, so I'll explain it:

250gb SSD is for OS and major programs, one 120gb SSD is for source files, one 120gb SSD is for output files, and the HDD is for mass storage. That way, each drive is (ideally) only doing one thing at a time. Editing/rendering builds benefit nicely from a drive arrangement like this because the drive bandwidth doesn't have to be split across multiple processes.

The GPU in the list is great for hardware acceleration on the rendering, and it tends to have faster render times than the competitive GTX 970. It'll also make for a great 1080p or 1440p gaming card if that tickles your fancy.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $309.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $77.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card $303.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case $68.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1172.28
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-09 16:12 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This seems pretty good , i would go with a better PSU, skylake or a xeon would also be a decent option for CPU

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks great and thanks for explaining why so many hard drives. I didn't know it worked that way but now it makes sense. Thank you.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks fellway. I still need to add wireless and an optical burner but I can get a little extra cash for those. Thanks for all the help. I know this is pretty standard stuff for most of you but it will be an awesome father son project over the holiday. Thanks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

to - Fellway - If you had more money to play with what parts would you upgrade to get an even stronger editing system?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The processor for sure. If it's primarily for video editing/rendering, especially in 4k, I'd want to get at least a hex-core i7 in it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Any other thoughts? Do I need to add a sound card? I need to add wireless yet too an a dvd burner.

Thanks

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Slightly modified parts list. Please tell me what you think: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/zudnik/saved/M4Yj4D

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $309.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $82.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $77.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.99 @ Amazon
Storage Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.99 @ Adorama
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card $283.98 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $99.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $63.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1351.25
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $1301.25
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-10 14:10 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This should be good, 8GB of VRAM really helps with 4K stuff: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1241 V3 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $263.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Z97 KILLER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $92.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $69.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $147.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.70 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $319.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply SeaSonic X Series 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $134.49 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1238.40
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1198.40
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-10 14:34 EST-0500
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