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stuffed
07-11-2009, 10:32 AM
Am wanting a new PC for home about $2500 (no monitor or keyboard). Biggest use is video editing using Pinnacle Studio.
Just need some advise on processor, motherboard and video card.
Any suggestions?
Many thanks

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 10:40 AM
It doesnt matter what videocard you use. Its the CPU and ram that matters. (And a lot of hdd space). And if you're planning on using 64 bit, it may be better if you can get a 64 bit program. 32 bit programs have limitations (whether you're running it on a 32 or 64 bit system)

stuffed
07-11-2009, 10:46 AM
OK thanks CPU suggestions? Also motherboard and what video card? Not worried about RAM and HDD will just add as much as can!

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 10:55 AM
That depends, on whether you want Intel or AMD. And whether you want socket 775, or i5/i7. The higher the better

KarameaDave
07-11-2009, 11:06 AM
A striped array of sata drives is always good for your scratch disc.
Or maybe a virtual Ramdrive?
http://www.romexsoftware.com/
a friend uses it for photoshop but can't see why it wouldn't work
for you.

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 11:21 AM
Do you use anything with firewire on it ( like a video cam)? If you do, get a mobo with firewire on it. And a case with a firewire connection on the front of it

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 11:37 AM
Dont use USB2 for video editing. Its way too slow, and the recorded video can be laggy / out of sync.

Thebananamonkey
07-11-2009, 11:48 AM
{Essay}

With $2500 I can't see why you wouldn't go for an i7. It makes you futureproof and gives you the best processor you can buy. The 920 or 860 are good depending on whether you want to go with the newer 1366 platform or save a bit of money on the slightly older 1156 platform. I'd with the 920 personally, but it's your call.

If super fast access times are important to you then you could think of dropping some money on an SSD (Solid State Drive). They have faster read/write times and could really make a difference if you're accessing a large amount of data.

GPU may not matter now but GPGPU (General Purpose GPU) computing is increasing, so it may be that your Graphics card could help accelerate any processing you might need it for. The new photoshop suite uses this and I've heard that it makes a huge difference when manipulating super large files. At any rate a 5750 is what I'd drop my money on at the moment, you probably won't need much more.

Motherboard-wise, Speedy's right. Go for one that has all the features that you NEED. If you're not planning on overclocking your CPU (the i7's love being overclocked. I'd do it, but you may not want to) or if you're not planning on having more than one GPU then you probably won't need to spend much here.

And as always, get as much RAM as you can afford. 6GB is fairly standard on i7's, but you'll need to make sure that you've got a 64bit operating system to utilise it. Windows 7 64bit would be perfect. Check out that the peripherals you have have 64bit support first. I've found that I've been ok on this front, and I imagine that if your peripherals have Windows 7 drivers at all then they'll probably be 64 bit safe.

{/Essay}

stuffed
07-11-2009, 12:02 PM
Thanks guys - any comments on these specs?!
Processor
Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA1366
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-EG45M-UD2H
RAM
A-Data 6GB (Tri-Channel Kit - 3x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Hard Drive
1TB Samsung SATA-2 32MB 7200rpm
2nd Hard Drive
1TB Samsung SATA-2 32MB 7200rpm
Video Card
Gigabyte 896MB GTX 275
Optical Drive 1
LG GH22 SATA DVD Writer
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 12:14 PM
Looks like that mobo has video on it? VGA, HDMI and DVI. And I think the mobo is a socket 775, so a 1366 CPU wont work / fit on it

stuffed
07-11-2009, 12:27 PM
OK - help me out here - am getting a bit old and English is my only language! What motherboard should I use?
Thanks

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 12:30 PM
You need a 1366 mobo, if you want a 1366 CPU

wratterus
07-11-2009, 12:34 PM
For video work I would highly recommend getting a SSD for the OS drive - use the 1TB drives for storage. Will speed things up a lot. You don't seed such a nice graphics card for video work, you could quite happily get a 4870 or GTX 260 and that would still be way more grunt than you need, unless you get into gaming. I would get a cheaper graphics card and put the money toward one of these (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10307). :D I would also get Seagate or Western Digital hard drives rather than Samsung, but I've heard Samsung are quite good now, would be interesting to hear what everything else thinks about that.

The Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R is a good board. Has both Firewire pin types on the back panel too, that's a bonus.

stuffed
07-11-2009, 01:06 PM
OK will all this work!
Processor: Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA1366
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR
RAM: A-Data 6GB (Tri-Channel Kit - 3x 2GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Video Card: Gigabyte 896MB GTX 275
Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

If not - what do I need to change?
Thanks

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 01:16 PM
The GA-EP45-UD3LR isn't 1366 its socket 775. So, no it wont work with that CPU. You have to change the mobo to a 1366 one. If you want that motherboard, you'll have to change the CPU, to socket 775. But this doesnt have firewire on it. THE CPU and mobo MUST MATCH to work

stuffed
07-11-2009, 01:39 PM
OK - which Motherboard from this site? http://pcu.co.nz/system_builder/component_info.php?component=8

wratterus
07-11-2009, 01:47 PM
OK - which Motherboard from this site? http://pcu.co.nz/system_builder/component_info.php?component=8

http://pcu.co.nz/store/product.php?product=4072

That one is good - but the price is a rip from that site. In fact everything on that site is very very dear and their range is useless. Look at Computer Lounge www.computerlounge.co.nz That board is $349 incl freight from Computer Lounge, CL is probably the best in the country with customer support/after sales service etc. They will even build it for you for $100.

I also notice you have no case or power supply specified.

Try this for a case

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=5644

and this for a PSU

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=6478

Did you read my post earlier on, I already said that board would be good...

Speedy Gonzales
07-11-2009, 01:48 PM
I think you need a better site. Looks like there's only 1 1336 mobo on the site, this one (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=3018) if you want 1366. ($424).The rest are 775

whellington
07-11-2009, 02:47 PM
INTEL CORE I7 920 NEHALEM 2.66GHZ 8MB
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R INTEL X58 DDR3 PCI-E LGA1366
CORSAIR 3x2GB DDR3 1600 TRI-MEMORY
SAPPHIRE HD5750
2x SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3
CORSAIR 400W POWER SUPPLY
LIAN LI LANCOOL CASE

$2200-2400 from CL

Thebananamonkey
07-11-2009, 02:47 PM
These are a good package together.

CPU: INTEL CORE I7 920 NEHALEM 2.66GHZ 8MB 1333MHZ LGA1366 --$529.00
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7487

MoBo: ASUS P6T SE INTEL X58 DDR3 ATX PCI-E SLI --$399.00
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=8979

RAM: CORSAIR TR3X6G1333C9 6GB (3X2GB) DDR3-1333 XMS3 CL9 --$279.00
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=7601


Then you could get, although it may be overkill if you don't game much:
GPU: GIGABYTE ATI HD5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E --$549.00
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10574

If you don't plan to game much then a 4850 of some flavour would be great.

Wratty's PSU and Case are both good suggestions. Then all you've got to decide is BluRay or DVD and whether you want an SSD. You'd probably be OK with 64GB but 128GB is nice and not *that* much of a price increase.

utopian201
07-11-2009, 06:02 PM
if you don't plan to use the computer for gaming, I'd get the dirt cheapest graphics card you could get (or even integrated) and spend the $550 to improve the other parts. Or just not spend it and keep it for when you need to upgrade.

$500 CPU + $500 graphics card will be slower than $1000 CPU + integrated graphics card when it comes to video editing. Although I'd never spend $1000 on a CPU.

As graphics cards are not usually used as GPGPUs yet, I'd wait until it gets a bit more mainstream before going down that route.

Thebananamonkey
07-11-2009, 07:07 PM
If CPU clock speed is so important then I'd suggest that you do OC. The i7's can fairly regularly hit 4.0Ghz fairly stably. You might want to invest in an aftermarket air cooler though. The Prolimatech Megahalems is the best on the market at the moment.

Either that or you could put a bit more money into a better processor.

whellington
07-11-2009, 07:47 PM
No point spending $1000+ on a CPU when you can just OC and get the same clock speed.

If you're going to be using onboard get an i7 920 + Megahalems - OC it to 3.6, and an SSD

Blam
08-11-2009, 11:57 AM
Don't bother getting anything other than the 920.....OC'd, it just about matches the higher models..

The P6T+48XX should be fine for your usage...

The P6T is nothing flashy, but has plenty of upgradeability and lots of features.

You might want to invest in two extra HDs in RAID1 too, for safety.

Blam