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Hi all!

I have decided to put together a nice video-editing build for my new you-tube channel. I have never done video-editing before/nor no how much PC power is required. I will be using Sony Vegas Pro. It will be very similar to my sig-rig, but it will be my workhorse pc. I want it to stick under $700

I was thinking:

Amd 1090T@4.0ghz
16gb RAM
Ati 5870
1tb Samsung f3

Is this looking right? questions below:

1) Is more RAM actually utilized in video editing? and is more RAM essential?
2) Is intel better suited for it? Are we just talking about waiting a little longer by having slightly less powerful hardware, or does it affect video quality?
3) Is Nvidia's Cuda technology actually important in video editing, or is it just a gimmick?
4) I read somewhere that I needed two harddrives. Why is this?

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1) RAM.. 16gb is plenty unless your splicing / recoding more than a half dozen clips at once.. Can't speak specificaly for Sony as I prefer PPro.. Either way 16GB is hella plenty unless your hardcore editing.. I utilise about 6-8 gb of 12 with PPro when hard core editing but have heard of others utilising more for a 10% gain. basically i'm realtime encoding as is so no complains with 12 or say 16gb..

2) Can't speak for AMD 1090T specifically but would expect an Intel 4 or 6 core i.e 950/980x (price premium on 980x/990x and only for hardcore) would be an ideal cpu.

3) Cuda is preferred and application specific but not a necessity your talking perhaps 10%-20 gain but don't take my word, perhaps someone else can help here.

4) Two hard drives are better as you can utilise your program on C drive for instance and use a second for temp/shared memory etc. Otherwise a RAM drive (i.e utilising 4gb of ram or so is ideal and kicks arse when done properly).. Just be sure to utilise auto save (to copy to a HDD when session finished etc).

Good luck
Edited by gobbo353 - 3/23/11 at 2:21am
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One at a time:

CPU: For video editing you will need a fast CPU - AMD or Intel is a personal preference - you wouldn't notice significant difference of the 6 core AMD or the 4/6 cores Intel - the CPU you have shown is sufficient enough.

The ram: 12GB is perfect for you (if you go intel) or 8GB for AMD - I would go with 2x4GB sticks if i were you, put the extra cash in faster hdd (i'll explain in a minute). That way you will receive a stabler OC and later you could upgrade to 16GB if you need to.

GPU: nVidia CUDA technology will be a better choice as a lot of programs start to use it and if you use and Adobe products you will see a benefit - I would go for GTX 470 (or 570 if you have enough cash) as cores matter more.

HDD: Take 2 HDD at least - one fast (SSD or Velociraptor) for the OS and programs and one HDD for video files (7200 rpm) 1TB or 2x500GB as they need to be fast and big for encoding/decoding. I would go with 150/300GB Velociraptor and 2x500GB Samsung F3 or WD Black. (Here comes the cash from the RAM)

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I wouldn't waste any money on a really nice GPU right now. The implementation of CUDA accelerated tasks in video editing is extremely limited at this time. Pretty much there are a few programs that are starting to support cuda in encoding tasks, which is irrelevant during the editing stage anyways. You would be well served to get a cheap simple dedicated GPU so that you offload the video from the system memory to a dedicated card with it's own frame buffer. (in other-words, don't use an integrated GPU). Something like a GT220/240/430 type card would be perfectly fine. Whatever you can get for cheaper. If you intend on running more than 2 monitors (having lots of screen real-estate can be a big benefit for video work) then you'll want a second GPU in there so make sure your mobo has at least 2 PCIE X16 2.0 slots (4X speed would be fine).

A 1090T build would be fine, however, a sandy-bridge i5-2500K or i7-2600K would be faster by a fair margin, especially if you intend to OC.. They hit 4.5GHZ+ no problem. The other option, would be to wait for bulldozer, which very likely will be a very strong performer in video editing with its 8 cores.

You can start with 8GB and see if you are running out or not... if it were me, with how cheap RAM is these days I'd just pump it up to 16GB right off the bat and be done with it.

I would not suggest wasting any money on Velociraptor drives. Modern WD blacks and sammys F3s are very close to the performance level of the raptors and are significantly cheaper and more spacious. The latest gen of 1TB performance drives has made the raptors pointless. Wait for the sammy F3 1TB drives to go on special somewhere for $50-55 (they do very often) and buy a couple of them. Short-stroke them with a ~75-150GB (per drive) region. Use that as your video editing scratch disk and for active projects. The rest of the drive can be used for general storage.

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add another hard drive, or three to pair them for raid sets
and when encoding go from one drive to another

that will speed things up alot when dealing with large files/projects
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