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Take a look at the Dell T7400 currently at rank # 568, 'Base2008PT1' on Benchmark Results. It is somewhat similar to your own system, but has more memory, a better video card and some raid0 arrays. Nevertheless, it is around 3.4 times slower than a fast system. My guess is that your system is even slower.
The material you try to edit is very demanding and requires a beefy computer. Even though there is nothing wrong with the dual Xeon E5620's, their clock speed works against you (I have the same CPU's in a file server, but that is far less demanding than editing), as does the amount of memory in the system. You can be helped with more disks, but don't expect miraculous performance improvements. But all little things help.
The alternative is a complete new system, but that can be pricey. Even if you build it yourself, see Planning & Building a NLE system it can be costly. It gives you very fast performance as demonstrated on the Reflections page and you should not get such a system from Dell or HP, unless you have unlimited funds.
thanks for your reply!
we just tested CPU and RAM load: massive stuttering etc. appears @40% CPU load, RAM load is always at a minimum.
We transfered project and media files to the SSD but the problems remain.
What about encoding the AVCHD files prior to editing?
WIN7 64 here.
all 8 cernels are working.
sorry for the delay..
i transcoded into dnxhd120: much better performance!
btw we upgraded to CS6
Excellent, and thanks for the follow up. The Benefit of Cineform is the subsampling Cineform does for color. However if the Color looks fine with DNxHD then sounds like you have a work around.