New Build Video Editing


Jan 26, 2010
I'm building a new machine for a friend is into video editing and creating DVD's. How do you think this would perform? This is my first build for something along these lines so any input would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: (Within a week or 2 from this post

Budget Range:preferably under $1500 US

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, DVD creation, http (surfing ect)

Parts Not Required: Monitor will be a 32" LCD television

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger direct

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None really, looking for performance

Overclocking:possibly, if needed

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 not sure if its DVI or HDMI

Additional Comments: looking for well above average performance

Here is what I have in my cart. How well do you think this would perform?

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD

EVGA 02G-P3-1469-KR GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked Video Card - 2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI-I, Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot, SLI Ready, Overclocked

ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0

Lite-On iHAS524-98 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA, LabelTag, Black (2 of these)

Thermaltake TPX-775M Toughpower XT 775W Power Supply - ATX, 775 Watts, 80PLUS Bronze, SLI Certified, CrossFire Certified, Status LEDs, 140mm Fan

Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB (2 of these, not sure which raid option would perform best)

Patriot PV7312G1333ELK Viper II Sector 7 12GB PC10666 Destop Memory - 1333MHz, 3x4096MB, 9-9-9-24, Non-ECC, Unbuffered

Intel Core i7-940 BX80601940 Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 2.93 GHz (3.20 GHz Max Turbo), Socket B (LGA1366), 130W, Fan, Retai

Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case - ATX, mATX(21.05 lbs)

Total: 1299 before shipping
The current Sandybridge CPUs will offer better performance than the current LGA 1366 CPUs,... So those would be better,...
The i7 2600K actually performs at par with the 6-Core CPUs from Intel,...
Here is a config based on that,...


Mobo + SSD
- Faster boot times and app load times,...

GPU - IMO for your needs even the 550 Ti would do,...
You can get the Sony Vegas for ~$40 with this combo

GSKillz 8GB DDR3

Antec 100

PSU - XFX 550W
- For any single card config, this PSU will do,...
Or at the max this -
Antec HCG 620W

HDD Samsung F3 1TB


OS -Same

Total - ~$1115 before shipping or rebates,...


Agree with gkay09. Sandy Bridge is the best option right now.

As for the GPU, it depends. If you are using Adobe Premiere, you might prefer a GTX 570, as it lets you use GPU acceleration (huge performance gain). GTX 560 is not supported by Adobe, but there is a hack that might let your friend use it for GPU acceleration as well. If so, there is no big difference.

Sony Vegas is having some problems using the CUDA processors and performance varies a lot from one GPU to another - surfing the web might give you a better answer if Vegas is the editor your friend uses.

Hope this helps.