Seeking advice for building a Video editing computer 900-1200$


Apr 29, 2009
First off I'd like to say hi to all the members on this forum. I've been reading threads for the past few weeks and i just made an account today.

I would like to build a new computer since I haven't built one since 02 and that one is a dinosaur that i basically use for web surfing, pictures, and music. I don't have much time to play games anymore now that I'm busy with school and life i guess (fiended wow for several years) anyways I was hopeing to tackle the project of converting some 40+ Hi8 tapes to digital and doing some video editing to make dvds of home videos. Possibly even doing it to make some extra cash from people who I know that would like this done. I have a decent amount of knowledge about computers and I built the last one when I was like 13 and I haven't looked much into hardware since then so i am asking your guys' help/input on this project

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime In the Next 2 Months BUDGET RANGE:900-1200 lower is better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: most important will be the video editing, gaming (sc2 and D3 when they come out)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers OS maby (I have several unused xp pro codes but I'm not sure that I want to use it.)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Wherever I can get a reliable products / good value (don't mind refurbished products except cpu)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've herd good things about the new i7 and I was satisfied with the case in my last build it was a thermal take but if there are better recommendations I'd like to hear your opinions also I've had good experiences with my Asus Mobo GPU w/512mb, I need a fire wire input 4g ram minimum (how much is recommended for this 6??) Apparently I will need at least 2 hard drives one for the video files

OVERCLOCKING: maby? I didn't know this was safe/ benefits outweigh the risks

I plan on using cs4 and I also will need a new monitor but not immediately so that is not part of my budget but any recommendations for this would also be helpful

Any help/advice is greatly appreciated



Dec 3, 2008
Welcome to the forums

I just put together a basic (don't let that word fool you) Core i7 system:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 -

Video Card: AMD HD 4770 -

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R -

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB -

Memory: 6GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 -

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek HDT-s1283 -

Retention Bracket (for use with this motherboard) -

PSU: Antec 650 watt -

DVD Burner -

Case: Antec 300 -

The whole system totals around 1000 w/o an operating system or monitor. I'm not an expert on monitors, maybe someone else could help you there.

A Few notes -

- is a great website for computer hardware.

- I threw in one big hard drive because it has good performance and I personally wouldn't want to deal with two unless the OS drive is a good SSD or something like that.

- I based this system around the core i7 because you mentioned it and if you have the money, I'd say it's a great processor to invest in. I wouldn't recommend against it.

- The video card is great for the money, but I'm not an expert when it comes to what you'll be doing so if anyone else wants to suggest a different option, feel free.

- The memory is pretty cheap and low voltage, I think it's a good option.

- Overclocking: I'd say definitely do it if you know how. Don't just enter the bios and start dicking around. But, If you just tweak a couple settings and do a slight overclock (3 or 3.2 GHz is totally safe with one of these processors). Especially if you're doing video editing, overclocking the CPU could be very useful. If you don't overclock, you'd be fine with the stock Intel cooler.

- If you have XP licenses at your disposal, I wouldn't buy Vista or something like that. Keep the XP at least until Windows 7 retails. You could even get a hold of the Beta or Retail Candidate and run that until Windows 7 retails so you don't waste an XP license (sounds like you want to hold on to them). Be sure to go 64 bit.

I hope this serves for a good system to base yours off of. Again, if anyone has any suggestions/changes, feel free.