Building a Editing Machine


This is my first time building a computer and I gotta say its a little overhwhelming. The Tek Syndicate videos have been great though for providing straightforward useful information, which I've based this build on. The machine would be primarily used for motion graphics (Cinema 4D, After Effects, Permiere, etc.). I'd like to keep the price around $2000.00 CAD. The thing I'm least certain about is the video card, since I don't really know what would be optimal for Cinema 4D. Any insight would be grealtly appreciated.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Beast 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($142.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($446.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($183.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1996.88 *fixed*


If you're making an editing system, get a professional card, like a low-end Firepro or Quadro. It will quite literally rape that 680 in terms of OpenCL and/or CUDA power. Utterly rape.

That PSU is way too large and overpriced. Get a Lepa G650; enough wattage, efficiency, and build quality equivalent to that of the Seasonic (except a slightly lower efficiency), but appropriately sized.

Also, wrong PcPartPicker link ;)

Would something like the FirePro V5800 be good choice to get me up and raping?...

Thanks for the advice on the Lepa. 

I'd personally go for something like this:

A medium-end Firepre will destroy the 680 for editing, provided you run software that utilizes OpenCL.

The 16GB of RAM allows for quad-channel memory. and has a low CL with a high frequency. You may want to up it to 4x 8GB sticks as well, for more better.

The Lepa G650 is a really nice PSU, and for a fantastic price.



Why get the V5800 when you can get a V7900? ;)

Remembder if this is for editing and rendering. you want to put make low CAS latencys a priority over frequency.