Just a quick reply LGA 1155 is near end-of-life so for longer lifetime I would just consider LGA 2011 that means Ivy Bridge.
Do not consider using an onboard video chip, for Premiere you absolutely need an nVidia GPU card, Go for one of the low number GTX 6xx series like maybe a GTX 660.
Sandybridge and Ivybridge are code names for Intel's Tick Tock model. Sandybridge was the Architecture change and Ivybridge was the DYE Shrink. When there is an Architecture change the Slot changes so a new board is required. A DYE shrink uses the existing socket.
Intel has Organized their CPU's by platform now. The 1155 socket is for Desktop Platform and the Socket 2011 is the workstation platform.
Intel now includes GPU's in many of their CPU's This is fine for office/Gaming systems but not good for editing.
SSD Caching allows you to assign a SSD drive to a mechanical HDD and use it for caching instructions. This speeds up the overall speed for reading but not so much for writing.
>I want a ‘middle of the road’ rig
What does that mean in dollars?
Check current prices, but last month this was under $1,500 (excluding software)
Again check current... last month this was under $2,000 (excluding software)
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) & exports w/3 drives 1T #2 for all exported media w/4 drives
Here's keeping it simple.
Go with an 1155 motherboard with the Q77 chipset, the i7 3770K CPU, and a GeForce GTX 660 Ti video card. You'll get very good performance with your media.
Thanks to everyone. All answers are very helpful.
I am looking at this mb:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-818&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pages ize=10&PurchaseMark=true&SelectedRating=5&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=tr ue&Page=2#scrollFullInfo
It has WiFi onboard Lan...any thoughts about this one?
I'm a fan of Asus, so I'd consider that a good choice.
Thank you so much for this list .
For the first build, I have a question about the video card...will it support two monitors?
EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB
I am on the newegg website. I am looking at the motherboard section. How can you tell what the front panel connectors are on the motherboard? For instance, I need to choose a case that has a match to the motherboard's front panel connectors...right?
When you go to any motherboard, such as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492 you then click the DETAILS link for that motherboard
You need to scroll down a bit to see the DETAILS link, since the usual default is OVERVIEW
If the details at Newegg do not include the information you want, you will need to go to the actual vendor site
Often that will be http://usa.asus.com/ or http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/homepage.html
I need to choose a case that has a match to the motherboard's front panel connectors...right?
You don't have to match this up. Most cases will have the standard audio and USB ports that connect to the additional ports on a motherboard, but you'll still be able to edit fine whether or not they're hooked up. The larger issues with cases are sufficient room for all your parts and sufficient cooling. Worry about those first, the connections will usually take care of themselves.
Occasionally I build a new system and sometimes try to help others if they have building questions. Your question never entered my mind to be honest. All decent cases have the right connections in the case for connecting whatever is front or top mounted, USB2, USB3, eSATA, FW, Audio or whatever you can think of right in the case. All you need to do is connect the cables to the correct connectors on the motherboard. There is nothing more to it.
Like Jim said, space (interior dimensions) and airflow for cooling are what you need to worry about. My suggestion is to go for a BIG tower with lots of cooling capabilities and expansion room.
For ideas, even if they are out of your budget range, look here: http://ppbm7.com/index.php/intro-part-1 and the following pages.
If I was building a new computer, I would use the full tower case I linked back in message #3
According to the details page at Newegg, it comes with 4 fans, which I think will provide great cooling
So if 1155 platform is 'nearing end of life' (sounds dreadful)... and the longer lived will be 2011; then it raises a question.
On the newegg website I can get a Ivy bridge (3rd gen) with the 1155 socket, but only Sandy Bridge (2nd gen) with the 2011 socket.
Which is better to have...the 'not dead yet' 2011 socket with 2nd Gen Sandy?
Or the 'soon to be obsolete' 1155 socket with 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge?
When you compare 1155 -vs- 2011 you need to remember that the 1155 CPU is 4 cores while the 2011 is 6 cores... so looking at 2nd -vs- 3rd generation does not really mean anything... sort of like comparing a model-3 4 cylinder car with a faster model-2 6 cylinder car
If the 1155 platform with an i7 3770 (or 3770k to overclock) will fulfill YOUR needs at the amount of money YOU want to spend it will then be the system you should build
Your very first message said "I want a ‘middle of the road’ rig" and I posted 2 ideas in message #3
Unless I missed it, I have not seen where you have said how much money you want to spend
The motherboard and CPU for 2011 are "just about" twice the price of the same parts for 1155... which is most of the price difference I posted in #3
So... just how much money do you want to spend on your "middle" computer?
I would prefer it to be around $1,500 . Over $2000 'out the door' is possible, but OUCH! But not much more.
So if I understand correctly...beyond the monetary consideration...the 2011 would be a better system (2nd gen vs. 3rd gen doesn't matter) right?
I am right on the bubble I think with the cost, maybe, where I could go either way.
Oh, and I am working off of and researching your parts lists you posted for both builds. Very helpful...thanks.
>consumer-grade AVCHD video camera
PPro CS5 (or later) will run faster on 6 cores than it will on 4 cores... but you also said "the minimum number of drives will work" which would be 3 drives as I said back in message #3 - or 4 drives for slightly faster exporting... so if you would "prefer" $1,500 the first list I posted at the top of #3 is one that will fit your budget
The list I posted for about $2,000 is what I would build for myself... if I was currently in the market for a new computer, which I am not
The $1,500 list I posted will also be fast... just not AS fast... if you are willing to spend the extra $500 or so
Go to the CS5 Benchmark http://ppbm5.com/ and review the speed results
ALSO... just because something is at the end of life for new designs or incremental upgrades does not mean it is a bad product
There are still people using WinXP today, in spite of it being past Microsoft's "end of life" date
Hardware does not stop working on some predetermine vendor date, just because they want to sell you a "newer-better-faster" product
Buy what you can, or want to, afford... take care of it (open the case and gently vacuum out the dust bunnies every year... with the power off) and what you build now should last for many years... and if you decide on the 1155 cpu/motherboard and there will never be a 4th gen cpu, that does not mean what you have is not good
Again... only you know how much you would "prefer" to spend -vs- how much you can "strain the budget" and spend... if you want to
So I have decided to go with the 2nd build (LGA 2011) as described above, but with the following tweaks: (can you let me know if I have 'tweaked out', i.e. wrong components?)
ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q2-64GBZL Plextor M5P Series PX-256M5P 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Optical Drive (Blueray): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136249
LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back - BH14NS40
What specific features made you choose that motherboard instead of a different one from ASUS?
I think this is how it's said: "The onboard wifii" and two esata ports and lots of usb connections.