You want an Nvidia card for the hardware MPE support. AMD cards are not supported right now on the PC side with Open CL. There is the option of getting a 600 series Geforce card versus using the Quadro which would give you the same or better specs than the AMD card.
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>a 1 TB disk drive... shooting AVCHD
You REALLY need a second hard drive (never a partition on your main drive !!!) for your projects and video files
My 3 hard drives for video editing are configured as...
1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and ALL program installs (2)
2 - 320Gig data for Win7 paging swap file and video project files
When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,
so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folders and files
3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input source & output export files (1)
(1) for faster input/output if you have 4 drives
- use drive 3 for all source files
- use drive 4 for all output files
(2) only 70Gig used, for Win7 & CS5 MC & MS Office & other smaller programs
An EXAMPLE concerning trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the
orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do
Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct
the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with
your video file at the same time as all the other work
You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another
very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing
You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more on partitions) with Windows (or Mac OS)
and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is
not slowed down by trying to do everything
External eSata or USB3 are both fast enough for video editing... eSata is better
I find that the three drives I use work very well for me, for editing AVCHD video...
some people use a 4th drive, so video INPUT files are on drive three and all OUTPUT
files are on drive four... I only bought a mid-tower case instead of a full tower case
(my bad... but had to fit in the space available on my office desk!) so I use the three
drives that will fit
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The choice is simple:
1. The AMD card is not suitable for hardware acceleration. Getting a nVidia card with at least 1 GB VRAM allows for hardware acceleration.
2. The Quadro FX 3800 with 1 GB VRAM is around € 900, has an older architecture and can steer 2 monitors.
3. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti with 3 GB VRAM is around € 310, has the latest architecture, can steer 4 monitors and is around 3 times faster than the FX 3800.
That makes the choice pretty obvious, doesn't it? Sell your current FX 3800 and you can get a GTX 660 Ti practically for free.
Thanks Harm! Noticing you on here a lot and appreciate your input.
I'm planning to buy a similar computer as listed above...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883155801
Coming from a Mac back to PC (computer transition due to job transition) and on a tight budget. I need to get a machine up and running asap and this looks like the BFTB. Is the GTX 660 Ti supported for GPU acceleration b/c it isn't listed on the spec requirments...http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.edu.html
I'm sure this is newbie stuff but please advise. If so, is this a good option...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133466
Roughly speaking, the GTX 660 TI is a great card for a $ 2500 system. If your budget is tighter than that, say $ 1600, then the GTX 650 Ti Boost may be the better option. There is no sense overspending on one component, when it is held back by other components. On a 1155 platform, the 650 Ti Boost is a great BFTB card, on a 2011 platform with sufficient memory and a good disk setup the 660 Ti may be the better choice to keep everything in balance.
Since Dell has a crippled BIOS and can not be overclocked at all, I suggest the GTX 650 Ti Boost as absolute top, especially since the PSU is around bare minimum with only 460 W. A lesser card like the GTX 650 would be better suited for such a Dell configuration.