8 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2013 11:24 AM by RjL190365

    Advice on Pc build for video editing

    bobavett

      Hi all.

      I am looking to get a custom pc built that I will primarily use for video editing. I currently have a mac and use FCP. But I want to make the transition to premiere CS6 on a pc. I am not particularly knowledgeable about computer components so would like some advice about the build. I have a budget of around £1600. Also any suggestions as to what companies are trustworthy would be appreciated. I was thinking of using either http://www.computerplanet.co.uk, or http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk.

       

      I have done some research and landed on these specs:

       

       

      CPU: Intel Core i7 3770,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s
      DMI, 650MHz GPU, 8MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail

       

      RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-14900 (1866),
      Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-10-9-27, XMP, 1.5V

       

      SSD: 240GB Corsair Force Series GT 2.5", SATA III - 6Gb/s SSD,
      SandForce SF-2200, Read 555Mb/s, Write 525Mb/s, 85K IOPS

       

      HDD: 2x 2TB WD WD2002FAEX Caviar Black, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache OEM

       

      BluRay: Pioneer BDR-207DBK Blu-ray Writer 12x BD-R, x8 DVD±DL x16
      DVD±R x6 DVD±RW SATA Black OEM

       

      PSU: 850W Corsair Enthusiast Series 850TXV2, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze,
      SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.31, PSU

       

      Case: Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two V3 Mid Tower ATX Case, USB3, With
      Side Window w/o PSU

       

      WiFi: Netgear WN311B-100PES RangeMax Wireless-N PCI Adapter

       

      Audio: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCI-E Soundcard 5.1Ch THX/Dolby
      Optical In/Out OEM

       

      Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA
      RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), DisplayPort/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX

       

      GPU: 2GB EVGA GTX 670, 28nm, PCIe 3.0 (x16), 6008MHz GDDR5, GPU
      915MHz, Boost 980MHz, Cores 1344, 2x DL DVI, DP, HDMI

       

      It has being suggested to me that I should get a full tower/case rather than a midi. Also that the PSU may be too high.

      Any thoughts/advice on this and the build overall would be greatly appreciated!

        • 1. Re: Advice on Pc build for video editing
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          CPU: Intel Core i7 3770,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s

          DMI, 650MHz GPU, 8MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail

          Exchange that for the i7-3770K, the unlocked version.

           

          RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-14900 (1866),

          Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-10-9-27, XMP, 1.5V

          1600 memory is cheaper and may allow you to go up to 32 GB. Performance wise you will hardly notice the difference between 1600 and 1866 memory, but you will notice the difference between 16 and 32 GB memory.

           

          SSD: 240GB Corsair Force Series GT 2.5", SATA III - 6Gb/s SSD,

          SandForce SF-2200, Read 555Mb/s, Write 525Mb/s, 85K IOPS

          Exchange this for either the Corsair Neutron GTX or the Samsung 840 Pro, both of which are not hindered by the SandForce controller, which causes a rather severe performance penalty in steady state situations.

           

          PSU: 850W Corsair Enthusiast Series 850TXV2, 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze,

          SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, Quiet Fan, ATX v2.31, PSU

          Exchange that for the Gold labelled AX series. 850W is fine. Don't go lower, since it consumes the same amount of energy from the wall outlet, it runs quieter and increases stability over smaller PSU's.

           

          Case: Antec 902 Nine Hundred Two V3 Mid Tower ATX Case, USB3, With

          Side Window w/o PSU

          Definitely consider a BIG tower. More expansion capabilities, better cooling and cable management, easier installation, etc.

           

          Audio: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCI-E Soundcard 5.1Ch THX/Dolby

          Optical In/Out OEM

          Skip this and use on-board audio.

          • 2. Re: Advice on Pc build for video editing
            JEShort01 Level 4

            I completely agree with EVERY comment Harm just made.

             

            The i7-3770K is very easy to overclock and I would suggest doing so for CS6; it really does help.

             

            And, you should also get a good cooler for your CPU whether your overclock, or even if you don't. Keeping your CPU cool is essential if you overclock and helps Turbo to run faster and get more from your stock settings if you do not OC.

             

            Regards,

             

            Jim

            • 4. Re: Advice on Pc build for video editing
              JamesKnix

              Harm Millaard wrote:

               

              CPU: Intel Core i7 3770,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.4GHz, 5 GT/s

              DMI, 650MHz GPU, 8MB Smart Cache, 34x Ratio, 77W, Retail

              Exchange that for the i7-3770K, the unlocked version.

               

              RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Jet Black, PC3-14900 (1866),

              Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-10-9-27, XMP, 1.5V

              1600 memory is cheaper and may allow you to go up to 32 GB. Performance wise you will hardly notice the difference between 1600 and 1866 memory, but you will notice the difference between 16 and 32 GB memory.

               

              SSD: 240GB Corsair Force Series GT 2.5", SATA III - 6Gb/s SSD,

              SandForce SF-2200, Read 555Mb/s, Write 525Mb/s, 85K IOPS

              Exchange this for either the Corsair Neutron GTX or the Samsung 840 Pro, both of which are not hindered by the SandForce controller, which causes a rather severe performance penalty in steady state situations.

              Earlier SF performance perception among common people is a history. I believe many would no longer stick to other stories about SSD ratings as seriously as earlier. SSDs are getting so affordable that people would try their hand themselves. COming to my point, SF or any controller that started early have gone through a rough patch and as a techie I appreciate the innovation & the new technology. Good news is, the latest SF controllers are rated the best & I advice you to try it to believe & not to go by my own words

              • 5. Re: Advice on Pc build for video editing
                bobavett Level 1

                Thank you all for your responses.

                Is my choice of mobo okay? Also is the graphics card a good choice?, or would there be a better option?

                • 6. Re: Advice on Pc build for video editing
                  Harm Millaard Level 7

                  Given your choice of the 1155 platform, the 670 is almost overkill with that 3770K CPU. If you want to shave off some $$$, consider downgrading to the 650 Ti Boost. The only way to upgrade this system is going for a X79 platform, a hexa-core CPU like the i7-3930K and doubling memory to 32 GB but that is gonna cost you...

                  • 7. Re: Advice on Pc build for video editing
                    bobavett Level 1

                    I'm going to go for 2x8 GB so i can add an extra 2x8 Gb later to bring it up to 32GB. I am also going to go for the i7-3770k.

                    Would there be a substantial price difference between the 1155 and the x79? Which one is likely to last longer? Would it be advisible to wait until I could afford to get the x79, or would this build be sufficent to run cs6?

                    Thank you for your help!

                    • 8. Re: Advice on Pc build for video editing
                      RjL190365 Level 4

                      I agree. Premiere Pro performance-wise, the GTX 670 just doesn't perform sufficiently better than the GTX 660 Ti on this mainstream CPU platform to justify the $100 extra expense.

                       

                      On the other hand, you would not want to go below the new GTX 650 Ti Boost with the i7-3770K: I just ran the new PPBM6 test (the latest version) on my i7-3770K auxiliary rig equipped with an older GTX 560 (non-Ti, with 336 CUDA cores). That system took nearly twice as long to complete the MPEG-2 DVD test of the PPBM6 suite (with MPE GPU acceleration enabled) as my main i7-2600K rig equipped with the GTX 560 Ti 448-core (68 seconds versus 38 seconds), while the MPE gain with the GTX 560 non-Ti over software-only MPE was only around 11x (versus about 19x with the GTX 560 Ti 448). Both my 2600K and 3770K were overclocked to achieve roughly comparable performance in the CPU-only tasks (4.6GHz for the 2600K, 4.3GHz for the 3770K). The GTX 560 (non-Ti) is only about as fast overall as the GTX 650 Ti (non-Boost edition).

                       

                      It should be noted, however, that the 3770K auxiliary rig had only 16GB of RAM while the 2600K main rig had 32GB; this might account for part of the discrepancy in the MPEG-2 DVD results.