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I will probably never overclock and I will probably never do any hardcore gaming. I am looking to get into video editing and rendering. At first I was looking at the AMD Phenom II 1090T and then I told I was stupid and should look at the Intel i5 2500K. Honestly I am just confused.

I am looking to run the OS and a few applications off a SSD. I could even just pick up a HDD later for storage.

I would like to be able to use my big screen LCD as a monitor when needed to watch online content. I would like to be able to play a game in the future if I wanted to but don't feel like I would need a super high-end card. I also would like dual monitor capabilities if needed.

I have right at $600 of amazon credit and $800 cash. Can you more educated people give me some good builds?
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If you are going to be video editing and rendering, you should go with Intel on this one. Here is a comparison of the 2500 and the 1100t.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288
The 2500k also has a bit more clockability and clock for clock is faster than the top AMD solution currently out. However, if you are not planning to do this immediately then you may want to wait for Bulldozer in the next few months.
A 2600k would be superior to even the 2500k and is only about 100 USD more.
Edited by answ3r - 3/14/11 at 3:09pm
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I will probably never overclock and I will probably never do any hardcore gaming. I am looking to get into video editing and rendering. At first I was looking at the AMD Phenom II 1090T and then I told I was stupid and should look at the Intel i5 2500K. Honestly I am just confused.

I am looking to run the OS and a few applications off a SSD. I could even just pick up a HDD later for storage.

I would like to be able to use my big screen LCD as a monitor when needed to watch online content. I would like to be able to play a game in the future if I wanted to but don't feel like I would need a super high-end card. I also would like dual monitor capabilities if needed.

I have right at $600 of amazon credit and $800 cash. Can you more educated people give me some good builds?
Taking excerpts from your post I have analyzed this a bit more thoroughly...

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Originally Posted by Shades6091 View Post
I will probably never overclock and I will probably never do any hardcore gaming.
First sentence. Good. Fair enough.

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Originally Posted by Shades6091 View Post
At first I was looking at the AMD Phenom II 1090T and then I told I was stupid and should look at the Intel i5 2500K. Honestly I am just confused.
You just stated that you don't want to overclock yet you're looking at the 2500K? Just look at the i5 2500. It's not worth spending an extra $10 if you aren't going to ever touch the feature. My dad is the same way.

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I am looking to run the OS and a few applications off a SSD. I could even just pick up a HDD later for storage.
A SSD would be within that budget without a problem. I suggest getting something like a 64GB Kingston Value SSD for $100, as you wouldn't need anything more if you're not looking for the absolute best.

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I would like to be able to use my big screen LCD as a monitor when needed to watch online content. I would like to be able to play a game in the future if I wanted to but don't feel like I would need a super high-end card. I also would like dual monitor capabilities if needed.
For running twin monitors, I'd say any GPU will do. Personally, if you've got that kind of budget, I'd go with a GTX 460 just because you'll want a decent little GPU for some extra "oomph" when you decide to play that game. Not to mention that CUDA could help render if needed. I say this because there's no reason to have such a good CPU and a crap GPU in the same computer. One should be at least decent if the other is going to be up to date. =D

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I have right at $600 of amazon credit and $800 cash. Can you more educated people give me some good builds?
Well... I know you can find something on amazon for pretty cheap, I'll see what I can cook up with.
     
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Thanks for the help so far! The one thing I do really like from researching is the Corsair 600T case due to cable management.
Edited by Shades6091 - 3/14/11 at 3:25pm
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Building a computer is just freaking frustrating.
You should look at prebuilts? Like cyberpowerpc
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you should look at prebuilts? Like cyberpowerpc
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$1400 will build a Very solid rig, especially if that isn't including a monitor. Where do you live? Having access to a Microcenter may help you get more for your money.

Oh, and buy this case right now and you're off to a great start. You're getting a $40 discount but these sales only last hours at a time. http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellS...238-_-03142011 or pair it with a respectable PSU and you're off to a great start: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.612958

Edit: And to the 'buying prebuilt' comments... I've only built once and have had such a good experience that I'll never buy prebuilt again... and that's after only 1 build.
Edited by BillOhio - 3/14/11 at 3:32pm
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Price vs Performance: Go the AMD route is my suggestion.

X6 processor
2x4gb ram
generic motherboard
gtx560
case/psu

EDIT: That shellshocker deal is good - the Lancool case is very nice - I have a K60 and love it (wifes compy)
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Price vs Performance: Go the AMD route is my suggestion.

X6 processor
2x4gb ram
generic motherboard
gtx560
case/psu

EDIT: That shellshocker deal is good - the Lancool case is very nice - I have a K60 and love it (wifes compy)
See you will say that and then someone else will say go intel. That is where I get confused. I want the experience of actually building it because I think it will be fun. I just need to figure out Intel vs. AMD, Honestly I just don't know if it will matter with my real goal to be video editing for fun.
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