Since this is the 2600 and not the 2600K, you have only limited options, which are without an order of priority:
1. Memory 16 or 32 GB (4 x 4 GB or 4 x 8 GB)
2. nVidia GTX 660 Ti
3. Extra disks. See Adobe Forums: Generic Guideline for Disk Setup
If you take all three steps, you will get a much better performance from your system.
Harm, You are an indispensable asset to the community!
1)What limitations does my i7-2600 give me?
2) is the 660ti overkill for me? Midrange? lower-end? don't want to overspend if I don't have to (college student.)
3) Thanks for the disk setup guide. How large of a disk should i get for a "previews, media cache, & export" dedicated drive?
Thanks for your guidance Mr. Milaard.
1. The i7-2600 is a locked CPU, which means that overclocking can only be done by changing the BCLK setting, which is not easy. The i7-2600K is an unlocked CPU, so overclocking is a simple matter of changing the multiplier in the BIOS.
2. The 660 Ti is currently the best BFTB (bang-for-the-buck) card IMO. It is a great card in combination with the i7-2600, but of course can be ported to a new system without problems when the time comes.
3. I would only look at 1 TB drives, since they have the best $/GB ratio without costing an arm and leaving most of the space unused. 2 or 3 TB drives have even better $/GB ratio, but it is questionable whether you would need that much space.
For saving some money on my own build, I resorted to 1 TB disks only, although I initially thought about 2 TB disks, but finally I opted for 1 TB enterprise disks. See Planning and building a new NLE system.
Harm, Thank you for helping mw and many others with your expertise in the field!
There are many different brands of the same model (Gtx 660 ti) Graphics Card for example ( Gigabyte, EVGA, ASUS, MSI, Galaxy, PNY Reference, etc.)
Are all these brands the same quality or is one of these brands better and more reputable than the other?
For a (possibly) larger sample size, go to http://www.newegg.com/ and search for the model you want to buy... and then look at both the "eggs" and number of reviews for each brand
A brand/model with 5 "eggs" and "lots" of reviews is likely to be a good choice... say, 5 eggs and 100+ reviews -vs- 3 eggs and any number of reviews
Thanks for the tip john! I'm assuming the 660 ti running the new Kepler GPU architecture is supported by PP/AE cs6's cuda acceleration, right? I say a post on the forums where somone mentioned that Kepler cards are not pp/AE gpu accelerated...
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...if not "officially" supported.....just apply the often mentioned here "hack" to enable the card to use Mercury Playback. There used to be a program that would even do this for you at the Studio North website.