Solved Video editing build, no gaming.

February 13, 2013 at 13:31:01
Specs: Windows 7
I plan to do my first comuter build, dedicated to video editing. Needs to handle HD. A little email and office work also. No gaming whatsoever. Below is a parts list. Does it look well balanced and suited for what I'm trying to do? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DkNN
1. AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
2. CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($149.47 @ Newegg)
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($132.03 @ Amazon)
Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Creative Labs Audigy SE 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($23.99 @ Microcenter)
Syba CL-ADA23032 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.58 @ Amazon)
Enermax UCTVD12A 71.8 CFM 120mm Fan ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1259.08

I think I'm in the ballpark with everything, except I'm not clear on the video card requirements. It seems they are mostly about gaming?


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#1
February 13, 2013 at 14:59:43
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Excessive build for the intended purpose.

- FX-8350 - decent CPU but is an 8-core really necessary?
- The aftermarket CPU Cooler is unnecessary too. The CPU comes with one, right?
- Do you need all the bells & whistles of the Extreme4? The Extreme3 is cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

- Why use up all the RAM slots? If you need 16GB, go with 2 x 8GB. Gotta buy it today to get it for $85:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

- Why get a high end gaming card if you're not into gaming?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

- Soundcard? Once again, is it necessary? The ASRock board has decent onboard 7.1 HD sound.
- You can do much better on the power supply, cheaper too, $73 is way outta whack.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

- I try not to comment on cases too much. Everyone has their own taste. I don't like your choice though. Besides the look, the PSU mounts at the bottom. Top mounted have much better cooling characteristics. With a top mounted design, the PSU fan & a rear 120mm exhaust fan will be plenty, the extra 120mm fan is unnecessary. Here's one popular possibility:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#2
February 13, 2013 at 16:33:09
Thanks for your advice. Excessive, I'll admit. I don't know what I'm doing - it is my first build. All my "in-the-box" computers have locked up or go blue screen eventually when I'm editing video. I'm tired of wasting effort trying to recover.

I'm in the process of learning. I'm an old gringo missionary living in Honduras and my office is not airtight and no HVAC. Dust and heat are a concern. That's why I chose a power supply rated at 50 degrees C instead of 30 C. Also opted for a second fan. Our electricity voltage also varies greatly so I wanted a high quality PSU. And a case that seemed to have dust screens. I certainly like this price better. With those things in mind, what do you think of this? here's an adjusted build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DnCh

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.68 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: MSI DH-24AS U88 DVD/CD Writer ($37.28 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $938.01


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#3
February 13, 2013 at 20:29:36
First, go with the WD Black series HD because it will give you significantly faster access to large files.
Second, if you purchase from many different online sources, you will pay much more in shipping than if you selected products mostly from a single source like Newegg say. If you can save a significant amount on something you really want, then it might pay to purchase that item from elsewhere, but that level of saving is going to be on one or two large ticket items at most.
Third, for your SSD, look at this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
(even though it is out of stock), It is a bit pricier, but the read and especially the write speeds are better.
Fourth, Add a quality UPS (also referred to as a battery back up) especially if your power is irregular. I always use them due to past experience, and I live in NYC where the power is about as consistent as you can get.
I do not comment on AMD since I am really an Intel 'kind' of guy (never used or built with anything else).

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#4
February 14, 2013 at 11:20:18
Awesome info by both of you. Thanks! I'm under my budget and placing orders. I do not know what cables I need, because I don't what if any cables come with parts or even what kind I need for each part. Based on this build, can someone tell me what cables I'll need to buy? I can't buy any locally and it will take a month to get them delivered to me in Honduras, if I don't get what I must have when a friend brings all these parts in his suitcases.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dup5

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
(all thru Amazon & Newegg)
Total: $970.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 14:16 EST-0500)


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#5
February 14, 2013 at 14:54:06
Just insure you have plenty of cables for your drives. Motherboard generally come with one or two sata cables but bare drives are just that...you don't necessarily get cabkes with a drive purchase. When I built my rig a few months ago, I had a couple extra cable on hand in case I needed them. If I thought I was short enough cables, I'd have ordered some to have them at hand.

If you need a card reader, this would be a good time to order one. HDMI cables, LAN cables, phone cable, and so forth might come in handy.

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#6
February 14, 2013 at 18:58:19
Also refer to your new thread for your answers about your cable needs. Next time, stay with one thread until all follow up questions are answered. Then mark it solved and choose a best answer if there is one.

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