Back in January of 2004 we first had the idea for this article. Since then it has become one of the most popular articles on our website. Videogrpahers all over the world have come to use it as a starting point for putting together their own DIY computer for NLE. As promised, we are updating the article. Jon & I decided it was time for him to update the machine he was using at home to edit video. What better time then to see just how powerful a system we could put together for the same $1,000 budget!
Jon decided to go with the same ASUS P4C800-E DELUXE motherboard. The more he uses it, the more he loves it. It remains our #1 recommendation for building your own $1,000 DIY machine. Not only is the price/performance great, Jon has found supporting, updating and tweaking it to be a breeze.
We're still over budget. We decided to go with a P4 3Ghz processor. That was on our wish list the first time around, but we couldn't come close to being on budget with it. Memory prices also went up, and hopefully they will come back down again. Our 2 sticks of RAM went up by $15 each, for a total of $30 more. We switched over to Hitachi SATA drives. We've been reading really good things about them online and our vendors also gave them high marks.
The big question we keep getting is "when will we build a dual processor or a 64 bit machine?" Jon is doing the research now for a dual Xeon system for our demo room. This system is being designed to support the new Avid Xpress Studio product line. Avid has very rigorous standards for whitebox or DIY machines. We hope to have it up and running and approved by Avid before the summer ends.
This is my dual processor system which has worked without problems for the last 6 months. Very fast with hyperthreading enabled.
SuperMicro 742 full tower case
SuperMicro X5DAE system board (E7505 chipset)
2 x P4 Xeon 2.8Ghz 533Mhz FSB 512k
2 x 512Mb PC2100 ECC regisered memory
2 x 73 Gb 10k U320 LVD SCSI drives raid 0 (Rendering)
1 x 18 Gb 10k U320 LVD SCSI drive (System)
1 x 75 Gb ATA100 drive (General Storage)
Adaptec 2110s raid controller
Adaptec 29160 card for system drive
ATI 9800 Pro All In Wonder graphics card
Onboard Gigabit LAN card
Onboard Realtek AC93 sound card
Sony 16x DVD ROM
Sony DRU500AX DVD writer
HiperPower 470 watt EPS12 PSU
19" IIyama Pro 454 Monitor
Canopus ADVC 300 capture box
DLink 504T broadband router
Windows XP professional
DVD Architect 2.0a
Super Mid-tower ATX case w/ 2 USB on side $49.99
Intel P4/2.26G 533FSB/512k w/fan $135.99
512MB DDR333 PC-2700 $94.99
512MB DDR400 PC-3000 $100.97
ASUS P4P8X SE motherboard $90.77
ATI Radeon 9000pro/All-In-Wonder 64MB AGP video capture card $151.97
4GB IDE drive (C) ($= don't remember, from my old system)
20GB WD ultra IDE drive (D) ($= don't remember, from my old system)
120GB WD EIDE 7200 RPM $91.80
Kouwell PCI firewire card w/driver $23.99
NEC 8X+&- DVDRW w/Nero DVD $81.59
Windows 2000pro OEM $149.99
17" CTX montior (from old system)
Totals = $972.05 (w/o the two old drives and monitor)