I have been going through the same process. Yes PE does support multiple threads and definatley go with the ivybridge i7 cpu. Asus is also the board I'm going with. They have made OCing much easier but be careful of high temps that leads to early failure of the cpu . Most of them let you have a maximum of 32 gig of ram and with memory so cheap check out upgrading to a higher grade memory. This can be overclocked as well. One of the ivy bridge cpus has 6 cores but cost $500 plus and requires a more expensive MB as well. too expensive for me though. I believe the built in graphics processor in the i7 k series the HD4000 is enough for PE. For about $650 I got an i7 at Microcenter for $229 and I think they just lowered the price to $200 an Asus MB at Newegg for $140 and 16gig ram for $70 also check out SSD drives in the 128 gig range are about $100 which you could use for you C: drive maybe take it up to 256 gig for more. They are getting pretty cheap
Good luck with your build.
This article in the Adobe Premiere Hardware forum, by Harm Millaard, should cover most bases: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=30
Note: there is discussion on MPE/CUDA acceleration, with nVidia GPU's, but, as of PrE 11, there is no MPE for PrE - just for PrPro.
Wow that's a great price on the i7! Thanks for turning me onto Microcenter. Now if I can just convince my buddy in Chicago to pick one up and ship it to me I've got it made.
I'm curious about how you found out that PrE supports hyper threading. I've looked everywhere I could think of but could not find any info on this. A link pointing to this info would be very much appreciated.
I've debated whether to put 16 or 32 GB RAM in. Not sure if it would be needed for what I'm doing.
Thanks for all the tips.
Harm's posts are one of the main reasons I'm still able to keep my old rig up and running.
From what I've read hyper threading does not make a huge difference in speed but because PE does make use of multiple cores the more the better and the faster the better. your probably right about about ram, 16 gig is plenty for PE.