Need Advice on Budget Video PC


Aug 20, 2011
Hey, I'm trying to put a somewhat inexpensive, preferably under $750, computer together that will be fast enough to handle professional video editing on Avid. This is my first build, and just about everything is up in the air. Does anyone have any suggestions/corrections from what I've chosen?

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0555 35.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($18.50 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($157.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GT 430 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XClio 550W ATX Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7260S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $699.26
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


Approximate Purchase Date: A month from now (or sooner)

Budget Range: 500-750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, general computer use, gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse, windows vista.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and/or wherever I can get decent parts.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: See above

Overclocking: No



ok from the top:

1. If don't plan on OC why getting 2500k? No need for CPU cooler.
2. Not the best Mobo for the money if not planning on CF/SLI just get cheaper single PCIX board .. like Asus or Asrock
3.Memory better off with 8Gb ( will help with video editing)
4. HDD is good
5. GPU ? idk GTX 260 ? or Quadro FX 580
the rest seems allright



Aug 24, 2010
Your PSU seems to me seriously overprised for its power and excuse me if I am wrong, but this xClio doesn't sound to me as the most reliable manufacturer. You can get an Antec 550 for 65$ /although I personally would preffer Earthwatts 650 for $5 more/.
You also choose a too expensive mobo for a budget build.
Hell, how do you choose these components?
More RAM and maybe a better videocard may help you /for me CUDA does some good things/.



Yeah that's a good start. But GPU is your main part if u planning on professional video editing
and yes I would recommend to change PSU.


Jun 19, 2011

DAM, Those stuff i picked wasn't showing(Got Reset) like on where you select them and can be shown to other people...
Drop the i5 2500K You don't need that, especially since your not overclocking.
Get the i5 2400 instead. $190
Drop P67, switch to Z68, go cheaper. You don't need crazy motherboard performance like Enthusiasts and even then, the cheap options offer pretty decent performance. Then get 8GB of ram for Video editing, bundled.
GIGABYTE GA-Z68P-DS3 + Adata XPG 8GB DDR3 1600 $145

That PSU is way overpriced.
Antec EA-650 $55 after promo

You'd save $103 from these changes. Drop the Heatsink you don't need it, the stock heatsink is better than the one you're going to buy. That'll end up having a total savings of at least $121.

Upgrade the GPU with that money. This would give better gaming performance as well as the ability to use CUDA if your program supports it. For Premiere Pro 5.5/5 You'd need to "hack" it to allow the usage of the 450 GTS, otherwise the lowest card allowed is the 470 and that's a bit more expensive.
Asus GTS 450 1GB +$50 since your prior GPU cost $60.

That would leave you $71 left. Get an SSD just for the OS.
Zalman S Series 32GB SSD $77 (Not including MIR)


Apr 11, 2011
Αvid is a demanding program. You may need to save some more dollars and buy a machine that will allow to take full advantage of Avid features..i7 2600 is a must along with a good NVidia Quadro plus atleast 8GB of RAM
Avid? Premiere is not that crazy hard to run. I'm running it with my 955 pretty easily (well not AS smooth as I'd like though) +4GB of ram. The i7 is defiantly not a MUST maybe it'd be a bonus but the i5 2300 would do quite well. Quadro I'd agree, but in terms of video editing+gaming, the 450 GTS is good enough. It'll game well and still has CUDA.