8 Replies Latest reply on Mar 5, 2013 2:47 PM by El_Plates

    Canon FX300 Camcorder, i7 3930k System: need advice on Ram, GPU and Case

    Wylin Tjoelker Level 1

      Hello Harm, Bill, Eric, Scott, and any other wise and helpful expert or do it yourselfer:

       

      I will be using a Canon FX300 to produce fairly simple 2 hr videos of events to be produced in DVD, Blue Ray and you Tube formats using Adobe CS6.  The camera uses the MXF file format, 50Mbps 4:2:2 MPEG-2 recording.   I will be doing some multicamera (2 cameras) but very little in the way of After Effects, etc.

       

      Will my camera's footage need as much processing power as Red Camera footage does?  Or is it similar to HDV?  How much processing power, throughput from and to the drives, speed and amount of system ram, and what specs on the graphics card do you think it will need?

       

      Any suggestions as to operating system?  Win 7 Pro or Win 8 pro? Is the Azus P9x79 WS certified for both Win 7 and Win 8?

       

      So far I am planning on the following components for my new computer build:

       

      Intel i7 3930k

       

      Asus P9x79WS

       

      Corsair Hydro Series H100i cpu cooler

      or 

      Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

       

       

      Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSDs.  Four of them.  To be placed on the Motherboard's Intel Sata III 6GB ports

       

      C: OS/Programs

       

      D:  Page file, cache, scratch disk for previews etc.

       

      E:  Source Drive: Media and project files

       

      F:  Destination Drive: Renders, exports

       

      I may get a dedicated Raid card later but I would first like to experiment with the SSDs to see how well they do for my workflow.

       

      By the way, if I have all of the Intel Sata III 6GB ports used for the SSDs which of the other Sata ports would you recommend for the DVD/Blue Ray burners

      Any burners you would recommend?

       

      Which of these two graphics cards would you recommend?

       

      Graphics card: 

      EVGA Superclocked, Signature 2 02G-P4-2687-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

      1536 CUDA Cores

      $489.99

      EVGA 02G-P4-3677-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW Signature2 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

      1344 CUDA Cores

      $409.99  (405.66) after rebate

       

      Both of these two cards have a memory bandwidth of 198.66 GB/s, two large fans and 2GB of ram. 

       

      Do you think I might need 4GB for the type of footage I will be working with?:( MXF file format, 50Mbps 4:2:2 MPEG-2).  I will be doing some multicamera (2 cameras) but very little in the way of After Effects etc.

      CPU Ram:


      I am considering the following options for CPU Ram.  I might go with 32GB instead of 64GB to reduce the load on the memory controller and make overclocking easier.  An article on the Corsair website seemed to indicate that this might be a good idea.  //http://www.corsair.com/blog/corsair-memory-upgrade-resource-guide-2010/ What do you think? 

       

      This may seem like a lot of memory for what I will be doing but I hope to use some of it for a Ram Disk for media cache, temporary files, etc.  With my work flow do you think I would have enough remaining ram available for a Ram Disk with just 32GB total cpu ram or would I need to get 64GB total cpu ram instead?

      Each of these kits is claimed to work with my chosen motherboard. Which Memory kit below would you recommend?  Is it better to have 1866 speed memory instead of 1600 speed and what about fast or slower timings?

       

      G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q2-64GBZL

      • DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
      • Timing 10-10-10-30
      • Cas Latency 10
      • Voltage 1.5V

      $379.99  Update: New egg now lists this kit as “Discontinued”

      G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL

      • DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
      • Timing 10-10-10-30
      • Cas Latency 10
      • Voltage 1.5V

      $184.99  Update: New egg now lists this kit as “Discontinued”


      G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL

      • TiDDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
      • Timing 10-11-10-30
      • Cas Latency 10
      • Voltage 1.5V

      $194.99

      G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9Q-32GZH

      • DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
      • Timing 9-9-9-24
      • Cas Latency 9
      • Voltage 1.5V

      $249.99

      If I opt for the Corsair CPU water cooler option:

      CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10

      • DDR3 1600
      • Timing 10-10-10-27
      • Cas Latency 10
      • Voltage 1.5V

      $199.99

      CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10R

      • DDR3 1866
      • Timing 10-11-10-30
      • Cas Latency 10
      • Voltage 1.5V

      $199.99

       

      Is there any other ram you would recommend?

       

       

      For Power Supply as per extreme Power Supply Calculator:

       

      With 100% CPU Utilization 30% capacitor aging, overclocing and extra components including a Raid card and additional 7200rpm HHDs:

       

      Minimum: 915 W

      Recommended: 965 W


      SeaSonic Platinum-1000 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Power Supply. 


      Are there any other power supplies you might recommend?

       

       

      For case:

      Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition, THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans

      http://www.anandtech.com/show/4648/rosewill-thor-v2-the-god-of-cooling-and-silence/7http:/ /

      COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

      http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dragon-rider-chaser-mk-i,2992-2.htmlhttp://

      Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-TI Titanium Grey Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

      http://www.anandtech.com/show/6764/fractal-design-define-xl-r2-case-review-maybe-we-can-ha ve-it-allhttp://

      I chose these cases for their thermal and acoustic qualities and ease of system assembly.  Presently I am leaning toward the Rosewill Thor V2.

      Fortunately, some case manufactures provide 8 pin extension cables with their cases as with 9 or 10 expansion slots, (LX-ATX cases), the power supply gets placed lower down in the case thus putting it even farther away from the cpu power connector on the motherboard.

      Also of note is that Asus P9x79WS  SSI-CEB form factor motherboard uses the same mounting holes as standard ATX form factor motherboards.


      Do you have any experience with or opinions about the above cases and are there any other cases you might recommend?

       

      Sorry for this rather long discussion post and thanks in advance for any advice you can provide me with in response to my several questions.  Your very helpful answers to others questions in this forum have already been a great help to me and I am sure to everyone else as well.

       

      All the best to you,

       

      Wylin Tjoelker