Videoguys DIY X Ivy Bridge Budget Build - First Look

Videoguys by Gary Bettan

We've been getting a ton of calls and emails form folks asking when we would post a DIY Ivy Bridge Guide. This blog post is not that, but it is what Videoguys would recommend as of today. Before we get into the build, let's talk about why we don't have our DIY 10 Ivy Bridge Guide published yet.

I'm waiting for an enthusiast level Ivy bridge Motherboard that includes integrated Thunderbolt.

I was hoping to see some from Asus later this spring. I'm a big fan of Thunderbolt, especially for video editors. It's the fastest pipe possible for data, and it gives you two dedicated channels, the sustained data rates are more than double USB3, for each channel. This year I'm expecting to see the premium for Thunderbolt devices drop significantly. Down the road I hope to see new kinds of Thunderbolt devices become available that go beyond storage and I/O, that will actually accelerate your video workflows.

The Asus P877-V Deluxe motherboard we've selected for this build is an enthusiast level motherboard, and I feel it provides the level of features, performance and stability that video editors demand. It doesn't have integrated Thunderbolt, but it does support an as of now unreleased Thunderbolt add-on card. What it does offer is 4 RAM slots, on board SATA 6 RAID support, eSATA, USB3, and the full gamut of ASUS Enthusiast level optimization and performance boosting utilities.
Here are a couple of reviews for the Asus P877-V Deluxe:

• AnandTech ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Review - Know Your SKU

• HARDOCP ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe LGA 1155 Motherboard Review

• PC Mag Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe

Videoguys' DIY X Ivy Bridge Budget Build (Feb 2013)
Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe $279.00
Processor Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge $319.00
RAM 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z 4x4 GB kit $99.00
Boot Drive HGST 1TB 7200 RPM $103.00
Video Storage G-Tech G-SPEED Q for Ext. RAID 5 Available at
G-Tech G-RAID for External RAID 0
Case Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $60.00
Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $109.00
CPU Cooler COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35.00
Blu-ray Burner Pioneer BDR-208 Blu-Ray Disc Burner $90.00
OS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit $129.00
GPU MSI GeForce GTX 570 $219.00
TOTAL PRICE $1,442.00

I wanted to keep this a budget build under $1,500, so we're going with an Intel Quad-core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU with 16GB of DDR 1600 RAM. I also went with a 1TB 7200RPM boot drive rather than an SSD. I'm a big fan of SSD for your bootdrive, and for $100 more getting a Crucial M4 256GB SSD is worth the investment.

For the money I think this is an excellent build. It will run Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects CS6, Avid Media Composer &
Symphony, Grass Valley Edius Pro and Sony Vegas Pro. You will be able to edit AVCHD, GoPro and DSLR footage pretty well. If you get into complex timelines with multiple layers, filters, color grading and VFX, you're going to want to bump up to 32GB of RAM, and a GTX 670 GPU.

Here's the build, we welcome your feedback below using Disqus.

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