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Considering video edit/render PC

By jeff young · 4 replies
Jan 14, 2014
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  1. I am considering the following Dell computer to be used primarily for video editing/rendering
    Processor 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4770 processor (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
    Operating SystemWindows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English
    Memory216GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
    Hard Drive2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive + Intel® SRT 32GB SSD Cache
    Video CardNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 650 Ti 1.0GB GDDR5
    Comments? Applicability?
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    Looks okay. That GPU is compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro mercury playback engine.

    I'd build my own rig if this is for a personal purchase.

    If it's for corporate, I guess you're with Dell for a reason. Increase the GPU to a GTX 660, or a 2GB model if you can.
  3. jeff young

    jeff young TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its personal but I have never built one. Lots of little one-man companies out there but I have no experience with them.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    You'll get it for a lot cheaper if you buy the parts on Newegg etc and build it yourself. Alternatively, same cost but way more performance.
  5. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Evangelist Posts: 353   +110

    I know the idea of building your own can be daunting, but it's really easy once you do a little research. First, read entirely through an online PC building guide such as this one - http://www.diyallday.com/how-to-build-a-computer/ - this will familiarize you with the components, terminology, and an outline of everything necessary to complete a build. You already have a starting point, the specs of the Dell you're considering, so next you should start the process of picking exactly what you're going to buy. A handy site for this is - https://pcpartpicker.com/ - as it will automatically find the lowest prices, as well as warning you if any of your picks are incompatible. To me, picking the parts is as much fun as the actual assembly of the PC, and I don't mind spending as much time as it takes to get it perfect. The build is almost a let-down, because it will only take an hour or two, but when your new rig fires up the first time and runs perfect, the feeling is like nothing else. If it doesn't (God forbid), you'll already be familiar with every component, and after the initial panic, you can quickly figure out which part is the culprit ( or which connector you forgot to plug in). By this time you should know enough to deal with any problems, but if not, there are dozens of online forums (like this one!) where you can get specific advice for your problem. The reward is a machine that's built exactly to your specs, for less money, with no crappy OEM parts (typically the cheapest available parts). But the real reward is not having to depend on useless "help lines" , indifferent warranty clerks, and crooked repair shops when there's a problem. You will probably know more than they do, so if you do have to return a defective part, you won't so easily be given the runaround. Anyway, I hope this helps you decide to build your own, you'll be much happier with the result...

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