If that case has places for optional fans, and does not already have fans installed, do buy the extra fans for maximum cooling
I like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225 since it comes with 4 case fans
Which nVidia graphics adapter do you plan to buy?
For a PARTIAL comparison of nVidia cards http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/GPU.HTM
Looks very similar to what I'm speccing out.
But what video card are you getting?
GTX 580 3GB is what I would get if I could afford it but I cant at the moment.. how important do you think it would be to have for my system?
Not sure what your 3gb GTX 580 costs, but there's an EVGA 4gb GTX 670 on Amazon right now for $418.00.
Other users have posted that the GTX 670 is the best bang for the buck right now.
I think PP uses as much VRAM as you give it.
Change the Samsung 840 to a Samsung 840 Pro - the write speed is a lot better. You can stick with 256GB if that aligns with your budget, or drop to a 128GB SSD if you are pushing your limit already.
Thanks alot you saved me on that one!
How would this setup compare in After Effects/PP performace to a new 27" iMac?
3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
32GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x8GB
3TB Fusion Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5
Several drawbacks to that iMac:
1) Slower, less powerful CPU - fewer cores and fewer threads. Plus, no iMac can be overclocked at all; they are permanently locked at stock speed.
2) No RAID support or capability whatsoever.
3) Can only accommodate a single internal fast disk - period. That disk, unfortunately, is used for the OS and programs. The only viable outputs on that iMac are the Thunderbolt ports - and they, too, are limited as to the number of disks that can be connected.
4) The 3TB disk is normally way, way, way overkill for an OS disk. However, given the complete lack of internal upgradability and the lack of internal space, Apple might as well install the largest-capacity disk it could get its hands on.
I highly recommend contacting the guys at ADK Video Editing (Erik? I think). Use Google.
They were very helpful answering all of our questions, gave me a bunch of options.
We went with an I7 Sandy 3930k system, 32gb RAM, GTX670 4GB video, 4TB RAID and 240g SSD Hard drive.
Price was just over $4,000 with a 3 year warranty.
Not a fan boy or anything but the ADK crew was awesome.
Just a thought.
Thank you for your response and good info. I do realize that there are definite advantages of the PC build. My specific question I was after though is: How would it compare in AE/PP performance? It may go hand in hand that those superior qualities means superior performance, but it may not. There may be specs on a great machine that programs cannot take advantage of and may be overkill for some purposes.
I have always been a Mac user and I am comfortable on the OS and interface, but I am considering making a switch if it means better performance. However if it is only a small margin of difference, I may prefer to stick with what I know and like. THANKS in advance for any help!