I have been reading through these forums for the past couple of weeks and I just want to first say thanks to all the people that post here, it has really helped in me getting to this planned build I have now .
I primarily use Premire and After Effects so this PC needs to be good at both of them. I currently have CS 5.5 but I intend to get CS 6 as soon as my college offers it. I work mostly with footage I get from the program FRAPS to make music videos. I don't know exactly what kind of codec FRAPS files are so I have no idea if what I have built is way too powerful or not enough, I do know that the files are .avi, have a 1920 X 1080 resolution, and are pretty much completely uncompressed (They are roughly 1GB/min). If anyone here knows more about FRAPS then that would be great. Since I make music videos I end up using lots of very shot clips and many different layers at a time. My budget for this entire project is around 3 - 4 grand.
My current planned build is this
Mobo: Asus P9x79 WS
GPU: GTX 670, 4GB, EVGA SC
RAM: 2 sets of Ripjaws Z series 32 (4x8GB) 240-pin DDR3 1600
PSU: Corsair Gold AX1200
Hard disks: 1 Intel 520 120GB ssd SATA III, 3 Seagate Barracuda 3TB SATA III, 2 Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA III, and a 2TB external which I might make internal.
Raid Card: ???? (help)
Case: CoolMaster Cosmos II
Cooling: Corsair H100
This whole setup costs just under $3500 at the moment and I already have any other peripherals or software. I do plan to be over clocking. Most of the questions I still have are mainly is this necessary/appropriate type and by that I mean will I notice a difference because I know that adobe can use everything I throw at it. First off, is the 4GB GTX needed or will the 2GB do, also is 64GB ram overkill and does it work with everything else.
This has been by far the most confusing aspect of this build for me and after reading harm's Generic Disk Setup this is what I came up with.
Use the SSD as the boot drive and have Adobe on it
Have the 3 Barracuda 3TB in raid 5 and put media and projects there.
Have the 2 Barracuda 1TB in raid 0 for the Pagefile and Media cache.
Take apart my 2TB external and make it internal using my Mobo's built-in SSD cache to store the Previews and Exports.
The external drive is something I already have and figured why not use it as well, everything else is still just planned and not final in any way and I am completely open for any kind of suggestions at all. You will also note my lack of a Raid Card which I know I need but I cannot figure out what I need out of one or how to compare them to each other so any advice on what Raid Card to get would be super helpful.
Any other comments or suggestions are more than welcome