$750 video editing/gaming build


Apr 28, 2009
Hey guys, I’ve never built a computer before, but I’ve been doing my homework. The primary purpose of this post is to get feedback, ideas, and advice.

PRICE: I want to spend ~750$ on this, though I would go over that if switching out for a different component(s) gave a huge value boost in return for paying slightly more.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I don’t have a particular deadline since I’m still riding dirty on my old school Dell, but if I get some assurance that this will be a good build, I don’t see why I shouldn’t order them immediately. I’m all about the best value; I don’t care if the inside of my tower looks like the wreckage from a battle in Road Warrior - as long as it’s fast, cool, and quiet, I’m good.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I will be using this computer primarily to video edit (Sony Vegas, After Effects)>photo edit (PShop, Illus.)>game (Supreme C, Crysis, minesweeper)>watch movies>type furiously on the keyboard and then say “I’m in.”>browse the internets> word process?>belittle exclusive Mac users

Preferred Stores: I love newegg, but I’m in California which means the 8.25% sales tax puts only a minority of their products at the lowest purchase point. Tigerdirect generally has good prices, though they don’t seem to have quite the selection of newegg. Basically I’m looking to compromise between store credibility and product bottom dollar. Also, I HATE rebates. Whichever business man thought of them should get be given a medal then shot.

OVERCLOCKING: I intend to OC my CPU, and perhaps my graphics card/RAM if I can figure it out, though I feel I will be fine if I just leave it at just my CPU (I am new to OCing.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All I need is the tower and internal components; I have all peripherals except for one of those cool USB powered Nerf turrets. I run dual monitors; 17 and a 22 inch.


Here is my proposed Build. Prices are final and include shipping and tax except for components I haven’t decided on.


Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Graphics Card

Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 Video Card - 1024MB

I could go with the 512 MB version, but I’d like to pay a bit extra and hopefully future proof myself a bit longer in the name of gaming.

Tigerdirect had the Q8300 Core 2 Quad just about week ago for $189, but now they’ve listed it as Unavailable. Either way, I want an Intel core 2 quad I can safely OC to ~3.0 GHz for under $200.

Open to suggestions. I’d like the quad b/c I’ll be using many programs which actually utilize 4 cores, and I’d like ~3.0GHz in order to get good FPS for games.


$81.35 (is ewiz reliable, or do they ewiz on their customers?)

Is this ok? Am I missing something important (compatibility check?)

Power Supply

Ultra LS500 Lifetime Series 500W Power Supply
$65.09 (I think it’s a bit less for shipping if I order other things with it)

Open to suggestions here under $100. I don’t want to skimp out on quiet reliable power. I also don’t need anything over 550W according to my calculations. Depending on how much the 4870 1GB card uses, I would think I could safely use a good quality 500W.


Open to suggestions. I’d like DDR2 2x2048MB 1066MHz less than or equal to $50

Hard Drive

The biggest most reliable 7200 rpm drive I could get for $70 or less

CPU Cooler

MASSCOOL 8WA741 92mm Ball CPU Cooler – Retail
Not my 1st choice, but b/c it got so good reviews at Newegg I’m considering it.
$27.56, plus $10 or so for Arctic Silver thermal paste




Aug 22, 2008
Case is good

GPU: if you are doing gaming and video editing I would suggest this card since you are getting a P43 with no option for CF
NVidia GTS 250 1GB:
At tiger direct - $150 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/search.asp?keywords=GTS%20250%201GB&searchbtn.x=0&searchbtn.y=0&sort=Price&dir=asc
or at Newegg for $145 - however that works with sales tax. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=gts+250+1gb&x=0&y=0

It is performance wise pretty strong and the 1GB may come in handy depending on what you use it for.

If you plan on overclocking - then the CPU multiplier is important for Intel cpu's as they will be locked unless you have more than $1000 to blow. Therefore do not get a Q8200 or other low number cpus - they have a very low base multiplier and it takes much higher FSB to get a higher clock - this is difficult because most motherboards are not stable above 500 Mhz FSB - so go for the Q8400 if you have to go with Intel.

Otherwise I would go with an AMD X3 720 BE or X4 940 BE - there are some really good deals on this recently and they will outperform the intel cpus in the same price range:

Both of these are so much easier to OC due to unlocked multipliers, and they will OC much higher than the Q8200, and probably significantly higher than the q8400 as well.

best one out now in your price range is the WD 640 GB:
spend $5 and get the 32 MB cache if you want - not essential though by any means

CPU cooler - can't vouch for that one - but I can vouch highly for this one:

PSU - most important part of the computer - I can't vouch for the one you picked - check out this list and pick a high tier power supply - worth spending money on a decent one:

Hope this helps a bit -