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Building a new Graphics/Premiere Pro System COMENTS PLEASE

Apr 18, 2012 4:10 PM

Tags: #cs5.5 #windows #editing #render #dslr

I'm building a new Premiere Pro System and I haven't kept up
with hardware & specs so I'm looking for educated input as to
the pros & Cons of the following parts list.


I'm a profesional graphic artist using CS5.5, CorelDraw and a little blender
and shooting industral/training videos a day a week and a band video every
few months so i'm trying to build a capable machine without breaking the bank.


I'm really looking for feedback on part/software incompatibilities and
mismatches, thank you inadvance ~ pete


CPU: Intel Core i7 2600

MBd: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3-D3

RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1333

SSD: Intel 520 Series 120GB


Case: Fractal ARC Mid USB3

PSU: Antec High Current620W

OS : Windows 7 OEM Home

HD:  Barracuda 2TB 6Gbs 7200RPM

DVD: SATA Blu-Ray   

I/O : blackmagic intensity pro


+ 2 Computer Monitors

+ 1 HDMI Monitor

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    Apr 18, 2012 4:29 PM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    The first things I see is to get more than 2 HDD,

    Possibly a stronger PSU and read Harm Millards articles about Hardware.

    Also you will get more and better response if this thread gets moved to

    the Hardware - Forum, where the really smart hardware specialists hang out ;-)

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    Apr 18, 2012 6:20 PM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    Well, someone moved the thread... and some information on building


    and Build

    more build ideas ild/


    This message has a really good graphic about requirements

    CS5 Requirements

    Build it Yourself

    About Requirements

    Disk Configurations

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    Apr 19, 2012 1:03 PM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    Sounds reasonable, Harddisks are also pretty expensive at the moment...

    Still: read Harms guide on Disc-Setup...

    Johns last link. In fact, read all of Johns links thoroughly.

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    Apr 19, 2012 5:06 PM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    I would like to chime in with this:


    1) I would recommend a 750W or 850W 80-Plus Gold or Platinum rated PSU for that build. Why? Although the PSU you're considering, a 620W 80-Plus Bronze rated PSU, is adequate for that build, the PSU would be running at 80 to 90 percent of its maximum rated output for much of the time during renders and encodes. This would probably not reduce the life of that PSU (since the Antec HCG 620W and lower in that same series are based on Seasonic internals), but it would likely drive up the total operating cost of that system by a few dollars, especially since PSUs are less efficient at 90 percent of maximum capacity than at 70 percent.


    2) The case that you're considering is adequate, but a larger case is better.


    3) Is the i7-2600 CPU a "K" CPU or a non-"K"? You see, the non-"K" CPUs are only limited overclockable (only up to 500MHz above their stock frequencies with all four cores in use). This means that you'd be limited to only 3.9GHz out of the non-K i7-2600 while i7-2600Ks can easily reach 4.5 to 4.6GHz with a good aftermarket air cooler.


    4) Don't get the plain GA-Z68X-UD3 since it is obsolete: It is a Z68 with most of the added features of that chipset permanently disabled by the motherboard manufacturer, making it essentially a P67 with SRT added. Besides, it is no longer available. Two other boards in that same series, the GA-Z68XP-UD3 and the GA-Z68X-UD3H, are still available - and the latest PCB revisions of those two boards are PCI-e 3.0 ready with an Ivy Bridge (i7-3770(K)) CPU installed. The difference between the GA-Z68XP-UD3 and the GA-Z68X-UD3H is the addition of onboard DVI-D and D-Sub ports on the latter (the GA-Z68XP-UD3 has only HDMI for its video out).

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    Apr 20, 2012 1:22 AM   in reply to RjL190365

    "especially since PSUs are less efficient at 90 percent of maximum capacity than at 70 percent"

    Also he is planning on adding up on hardware in the future.

    So he should get a PSU awaiting more challenge instead of awaiting replacement...

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    Apr 20, 2012 4:55 PM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    Get the 2600K, most motherboards have easy OC ing, in my case, the Asus Z68 V pro it is a ''1 button'' action to overclock to a very stable 4.4 Ghz and so

    significant gain in editting power.(especialy working with AVCHD files)

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    Apr 21, 2012 8:32 AM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    Be sure you have LOTS of case fans!


    Large 120mm fans generally run slower than 80mm fans, so are not as loud


    Even if you are not going to overclock, get an aftermarket CPU cooler to replace the Intel one


    Different hardware, but there is a link to what I built in


    I also do not overclock, but bought a 2 fan CPU cooler "just because" to keep my CPU cool to last longer

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    Apr 21, 2012 6:09 PM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    Yeah lots of fans, push/pull fans on the cpu cooler or liquid cooling.

    And sorry to bother again.. You want OC for sure with your Canon files, they are highly compressed and decoding while editing/scrubbing  etc  is a ''CPU only'' task no matter what Gpu or other set up you have.

    Don't worry about reliability the last cpu's like sandy bridge or ivy bridge are very economical (wattage use) and so less heat..

    Maybe its like your car:

    35 yrs ago the Mercedes diesel of my grandfather had 6 cil, 3000 cc, 50 horsepower and last for 200.000 kilometers, my 7 yrs old Opel Turbo diesel (GM) has 4 cil, 1700 cc, 75 hp and will do (I hope mine will) 300.000 km (the new model of my closed van is an Opel / Fiat turbo diesel with 1300cc and over 95 hp


    I'm not computer tech freak but because of the same worries you have I spend a lot of time on the OC-ing matter I found some convincing opinions from the OC freaks and the OC for dummies  guides: in general they say:


    OC is now very common for high end use,

    If reliable after 24 hours testing, its reliable,

    Less lifespan of the cpu is theoretical, like: non OC more then 10yrs, with maximum reliable OC more then 5 yrs

    (who does editing for a living on a over 5 yrs old machine?)


    The ''K'' version is a few bucks more but you have a choice!

    Won't start again, good luck with business!

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    Apr 21, 2012 7:28 PM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    When you say your getting quotes, what are those quotes for ?


    Are you building the computer yourself or having it built ?


    If your having it built the guys from ADK are here allot and really know systems for Premiere.




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    Apr 25, 2012 6:44 AM   in reply to bluecrystalcreative

    Not a bad combo, Pete. However, the choice of Windows 7 Home Premium is questionable since it limits the supported amount of RAM to only 16GB total (the amount that's already included in that build). You will need Windows 7 Pro if you ever want to expand the amount of RAM above the already included 16GB (Windows 7 Home Premium can run on a system with more than 16GB of RAM - but only the first 16GB will be addressed.).

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