Firstly, I thankyou if you have even opened this thread. Forgive me if my question seems innane!
I am planning a new computer build for the following purpose
*My video work is very specific. Projects are atypically less than 5 mins in duration and often 30sec TVC type spots.
Source material is AVCHD, PNG and in near future uncompressed files from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (10bit)
Final output is to be broadcast HD quality at top end and many at web level via YouTube.
I try to be 'tidy' in my editing and keep track numbers to 4 (if that makes any difference?)
I am not the most tech savvy guy by a long shot, compared to Bill and Harm I'd be luck to rate .2 on the richter scale.
My thoughts thus far are this:
****So the question I know will roll your eyes! Mother look away now... This may get ugly!
Given the short durations and 10bit source, can I avoid RAID? I know enough that a few layers of 10bit must be a huge amount of data (back to no other way than raid) but wondering how it compares to different intensive compressed codecs such as AVCHD? Should I put on my tin foil hat and hide?
I would really appreciate your thoughts.
Peter Lloyd Culley.
I do not know enough to answer your question regarding RAID. However, I did notice that you wanted to get an i7-3960 CPU. I may not be a guru but from my experience with the i7-3930 and what I have read since those processors came out, there is not enough of a difference between the two chips to make up for the price difference. I'll even risk to say that you'd be paying an extra $500 just for bragging rights. The i7-3930 is just as good, just clocked a bit lower and has 3 megs less L3 cache. Once you overclock the 3930, it basically performs just as well as its much more expensive brother.
Save money on your CPU and put it somewhere else where it will make more of a difference to your system.
Uncompressed HD source data absolutely requires RAID big time, unless you have the money to have a hugh SSD drive system. The Blackmagic camera requires on the fastest SSD drives so you would have to have all your media on these drives or hard disk drives RAIDed. You might have to have each layer on a seperate SSD
Also with your high resolution you probably need a 4GB GPU such as those just announced
Bill, well how can I not take your advice!
A raid card it is! Either Highpoint or Areca I am guessing and some enterpise Hitachis maybe. As Nicol pointed out if I saved a little on the processor it goes half away to the raid card anyway. I apologise for the newbie 'false economy' thinking;) I can envisage if i did shortcut I'd be kicking myself immediately within the first project.
If you go with the 3930K, another absolute must is to use the latest BIOS. For both Asus and Gigabyte this was released at the beginning of April, and is numbered 10 in the series. Earlier BIOS versions have problems with memory compatibility, and resulting system freezes and poor performance.
Some people say that you can achieve stability only with 1.35V memory, but my system never misses a beat with Corsair XMS3.