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First editing build, need to shave costs to get under $1500 budget

DJDonQuixote

62 months ago

I'm trying to help a friend put together a PC for video editing, mainly with Adobe programs. She's used mainly Mac laptops for this in the past so pretty much everything has to be in there. (OS, optical, screens, etc) I'd like dual screens for productivity and an i7 is pretty much required for an editing rig for it to be up to snuff? In general this is the first time I've built a computer for editing, and I'm not sure on the real needs. Is there any obvious place I can sacrifice some power for cost and not lose functionality? Am I shooting myself in the foot anywhere with bad components or under powered?

I was going to advocate for RAID 5 so she could have some data redundancy but also get that extra speed and storage space. Firewire card is to support some older external drives. She doesn't use thunderbolt and all the mobos I saw that supported it jacked the price up bad. If there's a more economical solution to get that thunderbolt port on there, I'm all ears. I'd also like dual screens because thats just a nice touch, but if it comes down to it the second monitor can go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $278.99 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $22.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard Asus Z87-Pro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $125.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $62.14 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $279.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case $69.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Rosewill Hive 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $53.87 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $128.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Other Firewire $21.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1720.81
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-29 23:13 EST-0500

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TQc4GX I brought the price down to under $1500.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

You are right on the mark on everything. Although I would rethink the RAM, the CAS is way too high for 1600Mhz, Plus RAM works better in dual channel. I would get 16GB to start (Add another 16Gb later on). Also, you should get a z97 board (some z97 boards come with SATA express which will really help her if she ever gets a Hard drive that uses SATA express when they come out), that's the new chipset. I don't know much about GPUs and video editing so I won't make any recommendation, but I do know that Adobe uses Open CL which AMD is known for. So if you are going to get a GPU, get an AMD for it will help you a lot more for Adobe applications. Hope this helps.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This build didn't do much to cut costs, but it's more capable featuring a better graphics card and an overclockable CPU. The CPU and motherboard are also combo priced, which helped the cost of the 4790k, as well as helped get you into an overclockable motherboard that has thunderbolt if I read the website correctly.

I know you wanted dual monitors (I included the ones you had selected,) but I think you'd be happier in the long run doing a better single monitor now, and adding a second one later, if you want to stick to the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $299.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $22.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $124.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card $344.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $33.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $128.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Other firewire $21.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1643.83
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-29 23:58 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Here it is edited a little bit, based partly on what Xtrem had said. The new RAM is even blue, so I guess the build ended up with a little bit of a blue theme. Lol!

If you want to do an AMD GPU build as he had suggested, it looks like you can get a combo discount with that RAM for a red R9 290x.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $299.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $22.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $124.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $121.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card $344.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $33.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $128.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Other firewire $21.99
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1609.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-30 00:11 EST-0500
  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been doing a lot of research on NLE computers - especially on the Adobe/Premiere Pro/hardware forum. Highly recommended

Here are two builds I'm trying to choose between (to start with):

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jsm1963/saved/7FVLrH

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jsm1963/saved/zdkbt6

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