I have been reading almost everything on the Adobe forums for the past 2 months, but there are still a couple questions to which I cannot find answers; hence my post.
I am a hobbyist and edit AVCHD and HD only, not RED, and almost exclusively use only 1 camera. I have been using PrPro since version 2, and my current quad-core Win 7 PC with only 8GB RAM and old nVidia card is just infuriatingly slow!
The following is my planned parts list for a new CS6 editing machine, and below that are a few questions to which I would be most appreciative of answers.
Motherboard Asus P9-X79 Sabertooth
Graphics Card eVGA (Nvidia) GTX 680 FTW+, 4GB, Backplate
Slot Fan Azenx Blitzstorm BT-SC70BBL (for graphics card)
CPU Intel Core i7-3930K (expect to OC to 4.6-4.8)
RAM 8GB x 4 sticks Gskill DDR3 1600, F3-1600C9Q-32GXM
CPU Cooler XsPC Raystorm Ex420 water cooling kit (radiator mounted externally)
Power Supply Corsair AX1200i 1200watt
C-disk, 6mb port Western Digital, WD RE 1 TB, WD1003FBYX. Win 7, CS6
D-disk, 6mb x 2 (2) Western Digital, WD RE 1 TB, WD1003FBYX – RAID 0. Media, projects
E-disk, 3mb x 2 (2) Western Digital, WD RE 1 TB, WD1003FBYX – RAID 0. Cache, Pagefile
F-disk, 6mb (2) Western Digital, WD RE 1 TB, WD1003FBYX. Scratch, Images
G-disk, 3mb Western Digital, WD RE 3 TB, WD3000FYY. Export, previews
H-disk, 3mb Seagate Constellation 3TB ST33000650NS (have) Photos, docs, etc
I-disk, 3mb Western Digital, WD RE 1 TB, WD1003FBYX. (chg BIOS to boot from this drive for “regular” use – MS Office, internet, etc.)
1. Unfortunately, all the Asus motherboards only have 8 SATA ports, and none have more than two (2) SATA/6MB ports that can be used as RAID 0.
A) So, is it better to use two SATA/3MB ports for RAID 0 or one SATA/6MB port unRAID-ed?
B) Are there other mobo’s that have more SATA/6MB ports that are RAID-able?
2. I’ve seen various posts that state the only RAM that can be used is 1.35volts, and others that state 1.5volt RAM is ok. Also, some posts say GSkill has problems, and Corsair is better, but some Corsair RAM chips have heat spreaders that can interfere with coolers. What RAM would you use?
3. I am not sure if I can use the WD RE disks for RAID 0. The WD website says to use “Red NAS” disks for RAID, but they only have 3 year warranty, and I chose WD since Seagate has downgraded their warranty from 5 to 3 years.
A) What brand/model/size disks should I use for the two RAID arrays?
B) Advice on brand/model/size for non-RAID disks?
C) Advice on disk configuration?
4. Let’s say money is no object (ha!). If I were to add a hardware RAID card such as Areca, and used RAID 0 for the F and G drives above, can anyone provide a “reasonable” speed difference amount? For example, the F and G drives are currently not able to be configured in RAID 0 - are they a bottleneck? If I added an Areca card, what features should I look for? BTW, my case (Ultra Products m998) will hold 9 disks.
Note: I have two ReadyNAS, each with 6 Seagate ST33000650NS disks for backup (RAID 6). Approx monthly, I sync the two NAS’s and bring one to work for offsite storage in case of home disaster.