If you want to buy
-ADK Kudos http://forums.adobe.com/thread/877201
If you want to build
Just as an exercise (my computer is only 2.5 years old, so not "really" in the market to build a new one... at least right now) I put together a list for my own build possibility
I would go for the i7 3930k system, but here are two ideas... depending on how much you want to spend... I hope the Excell data pastes in a readable format
And some options
100 Win7 64bit Home http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986 Use Win7 64bit Home if you will NEVER go over 16gig ram 140 Win7 64bit Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992 Use Win7 64bit Pro to use more than 16gig ram OR instead of DVD 55 BluRay Writer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106369
Hope this helps
Premiere Pro drive configuration - NOTE that I do NOT do raid 500Gig #1 for Windows and all software 500Gig #2 for Projects and all temp files 1T #1 for all source media (video and sound) and exports w/3 drives 1T #2 for all exported media w/4 drives
Thanks for the information, there's a lot of reading there.. Which I'm doing.
John, you said "if I want to build," build what? You mean BUILD a computer?? Remember I'm switching from a Mac, no, no, we don't build computers, we just copy the source files and hit the big red "Edit" button in FCP and the Mac does the rest.
I'm not that ambitious. I did check out the link to ADK, thanks. After choosing a base system and adding a few upgrades its amazing how fast you can get to $3K. Maybe I have to find a compromise between ambition and $$.
Yes, that is "build" as in using a screwdriver to mount the motherboard to the case... and etc and so on
Since you don't build... do you know someone who can help you?
Any vendor has to make a profit... so building your own is generally going to cost less
Hey Chuck, I'm a 77-year old grandmother (Oops, 78 next week) and I just finished a build that reigned as Number 2 in the PPBM5 benchmark list for CS6 machines for about two weeks before the next builds have knocked it down to number 7, I think.
Building it yourself is not easy, it does take time, you can screw up, but when you get it working, you will know every in and out, every tweak, every uh-oh, and every sweet spot because you made them all. It's really satisfying - and you don't have to be on the phone with some support staff who are reading from a script, you can do your own troubleshooting.
Do take advantage of the great resources on this forum, but do your homework and read a lot of the threads first so you are not asking questions that have been answered a dozen times before. Then, ask for help on whatever you need - there are no dumb questions, only dumb people who don't want to ask for help when they need it.
Also check out YouTube, there are lots of people who are good at assembling machines and are willing to share what they have done (unfortunately they often like loud music in the background or mumble, but they will help).
Go for it,
Grin... division of labor here is that my wife selects colors and furniture... I build our computers
I just built one for her that is similar to the "medium" build I posted... no video editing so ATI instead of "power drawing" nVidia and only 2 hard drives, so a 550w power supply... but with 32gig of ram since she likes to have "everything" open and jump from program to program
One of the links I posted before leads to 2 YT videos... I didn't watch, but they were recommended by someone else so I saved the link
My hubby always preferred watching - as in watching the first color TV I built with a Bell & Howell Kit from resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, etc., etc. Now that was really building!! And with a soldering gun first and the screwdriver last.
It was really simple then, though. I wonder how many transistors it would take to duplicate a modern CPU?? Certainly way more than I'd be willing to solder on a board now.
But the key then or now, was not so much the TV or the computer, but how much you could learn about what makes things work and how to keep them working.
I have a machine like your wife has too, but it's completely separate from the editing box - for good reasons as you know well.
I only have 1 computer for everything... but don't do anything else when I have PPro or Encore open, so I have not had any problems
Remember I'm switching from a Mac, no, no, we don't build computers, we just copy the source files and hit the big red "Edit" button in FCP and the Mac does the rest.
Another option that is somewhat closer to a Mac in terms of getting a system from a top tier company, is HP or Dell. A decent base 6-core Z420 workstation is around $2K, upgraded to a "sweet spot" for video editing in terms of memory and storage - $3K, configured so by an video integrator - $3-4K. A similarly configured Z820 (that is as close as you can get to a Mac Pro) - about $1K more.