I've decided it's time to retire my old laptop and move to a desktop for my video editing (finally!). After reading through as much of the information on this forum (you guys are amazing!) and tomshardware, anandtech etc I've come up with a build I'm pretty confident of. Even so, since this is going to be my first custom PC I'd like some comments just so I don't miss anything. Please let me know what you guys think!
Usage: Primarily premiere pro, AE for colour grade, minimal effects and some 3D. Nothing 3D heavy like 3Dmax. Some photoshop. Definitely no gaming.
Footage: AVCHD. my old DV died so it's just my dslr now haha
Budget: ~USD$1400 +/- 100
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($197.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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My reasons for choosing:
i7 as opposed to i5 because of the HT capability for video editing.
Asus motherboard which has wifi capability because I won't be using an ethernet cable, and I don't care for thunderbolt
GTX 660 non-ti because I plan to make use of MPE in cs6
2x8GB ram so I have the option of upgrading to 32gb in the future
Mid tower case vs full tower because i like how it looks and it's a good price I think cooling-wise I won't have too much problems?
Storage: I know 4 disks are recc, but I plan to buy more HDDs during the local sale period so just 1SSD + 1HDD for now
Questions I have:
PSU: According to the extreme power supply calculator (lite), my overall wattage comes up to about 338 (no OC). Um. That seems wrong? I went with the 650w because 400w felt like it was cutting it too close and the other option (i think it was a 460w) was fanless. Any thoughts?
OS: Is there really an advantage for win 7 pro over win 7 home edition for video editing? Because if I can save money with the home, I'd rather use that.
Optical drive: I personally have never owned a blu-ray drive so I don't think it's necessary, but what do you guys think of this drive?
Sorry for the long post! I most likely will be purchasing this weekend thereabouts, and I really would like to hear your thoughts on this before I take the plunge!
Thank you in advance