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Tim Raphael
Editing Machine on a Budget
on May 18, 2008 at 2:41:07 am

Hi Guys,

Need an editing machine that will edit footage from my new XHA1...

Have a look at these specs and tell me what you think... Budget is about $1200...

Case: Asus TA861 w 400W PCS $79
MoBo: Asus P5K-SE $110 (
CPU: Intel Q9300 2.5Ghz 1333FSB LGA775 45nm Core2Quad $325
RAM: DDR2 4048 (2x2GB) PC6400 800Mhz Kingston $139
Graphics Card: Albatron GeForce 8600GT 512MB PCIe $95
HDD: 250GB 7200rpm SATAII (system) $65
750GB 7200rpm SATAII (Storage) $135 - Both Samsung
Firewire Card: 3 port PCI (none on Mobo) $19
OS: Vista Ultimate 64bit $224

Total = $1191

I chose the Q9300 over the Q6700 because of the faster Front side bus speed and the 45nm architechture over the old 65nm. Even though the Asus Mobo doesn't have firewire, it does have a eSata port which is good for external storage so i sacraficed the firewire port for a PCI card @ $19. All of the above are bought from Umart in QLD (cheapest anywhere) except the OS. All prices are AU dollars

All suggestions welcome... especially on the Motherboard and graphics card.

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Re: Editing Machine on a Budget
on May 19, 2008 at 11:48:05 pm

That motherboard is a special "low power model". Unless you are sure there is no performance decrease I would get a different model. Something with the x38 or x48 chipset.

Personally I would get a seperate power supply. Yes, I know it seems silly to throw away a perfectly good PSU that comes with the case but think about this: A good 400 watt PSU costs about $100. You are getting a case and a PSU for $79?

I have done a lot of trouble shooting with strange PC problems only to have the PSU be the problem. On occasion, when the PSU does actually die, it can take the motherboard with it.
Just my 2 cents.

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John Q
Re: Editing Machine on a Budget
on May 20, 2008 at 4:13:43 am

Installing Vista 32 or 64 is a bit premature. You'll find very little video editing software that will even work with Vista 64. Most experts recommend XP 32 bit at this time, as it provides better performance and drivers for your video hardware.

Maybe next year.

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Re: Editing Machine on a Budget
on May 20, 2008 at 4:32:11 am

Well I am using Sony Vegas 8 Pro, Premiere CS3, Photoshop CS3, After Effects CS3 all under Vista x64. Both ASUS and Intel provide 64-bit drivers for their newer motherboards. Sony Vegas is close to releasing a true 64-bit version.

I have 8 GB of DDR3-1333 and even though the 32-bit programs are still limited to 4 GB, they EACH get 4 GB. So I can have After Effects and Sony Vegas open at the same time.

Or a program like After Effects, which can use multiple cores if there is enough memory can use all 4 cores.

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