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Photo/Video Editing PC For Grandpa

OccamAsylum

47 months ago

He is not a professional, however he does a lot of photo editing and is planning to purchase a camera with recording capabilities to get into more video editing. This is future proofed for the simple fact that he wants this PC to last 5+ years. He currently works on a laptop (~3+ years old) so this is a huge upgrade for him. He didn't believe me when I said the SSD would boot his computer in 7 seconds or less.

Any and all suggestions are welcome. I'm not an expert on component requirements for editing workstations, though I am aware it can very greatly depending on the type of editing one does.

Trying to stay below $1,600.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $84.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $129.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $87.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card $164.99
Case Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $89.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $48.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus PB258Q 60Hz 25.0" Monitor $348.80 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1465.29
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $1430.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-16 10:05 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You could get away from much less with pretty much the same performance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $70.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $56.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $42.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB Superclocked Video Card $179.99 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case $89.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Amazon
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $48.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor $119.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $944.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-16 10:24 EDT-0400
  • 47 months ago
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You could go with a better PSU, if he has the extra budget it will go a long way

  • 47 months ago
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He could, but there is nothing wrong with the CX430.

  • 47 months ago
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I know, but if you have the extra budget they might as well

  • 47 months ago
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I would wait the little extra time to render the video and pocket the extra money personally.

  • 47 months ago
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No, you would pocket the money and then IT WOULD EXPLODE! Nah jk but the CX line is, well, crap. Especially compared to an EVGA G2

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  • 47 months ago
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Really, a 980 Ti for a simple video editing machine?

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  • 47 months ago
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So is $400 in your pocket.

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  • 47 months ago
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YKPJvK Xeon for reliability, cooler to stay quieter, uber quiet case 4K screen and the thing that makes this stand out is the Quadro, since he doesnt game this is perfect

  • 47 months ago
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Id probably go with 16gb Ram kit. 32GB is a bit OP even for gramps. Kingston HyperX line is great.

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  • 47 months ago
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Not Overclocking.

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  • 47 months ago
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I doubt he even knows what that means, so no.

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  • 47 months ago
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I know he uses Photoshop, but aside from that I'm not sure.

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  • 47 months ago
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For video editing, the GTX 970 does not support h.265 codex. Only the GTX 960 does.

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  • 47 months ago
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True h.265 coding might never come into play for him, but it is nice to have it their and the GTX 960 is still powerful enough for most video editing jobs.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate your enthusiasm, but a 980ti is not necessary haha.

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