Build a Desktop Video Editing PC
-3 price level ideas in http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
-what PC to build http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698
-2 how to build videos http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1104182
-another video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1145366
-planning & Building http://ppbm7.com/index.php/intro-part-1
-memory for LGA2011 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1098759
-an Adobe FAQ http://forums.adobe.com/thread/878520
-several more links http://forums.adobe.com/thread/815798
-build tuning http://ppbm7.com/index.php/final-results
Those links are helpful John, thanks. The planning & building article was particularly helpful. The article about the person in BC who built a machine, then kept needing to change parts and struggled with timeouts, crashes etc. is exactly what I'm trying to avoid, yet it seems that even with guidance that still happens.
Also, with Adobe announcing that it will do a major update to the video / photo imaging products cycling every two years, I'm a bit worried about building a machine now and then having CS7 come out in a few months that will make some of my choices less than ideal - a lot of the articles above were optimized for CS5.. - but I suppose that's the risk I'll need to take with the current office video machine out of action...
I noticed a lot of people recommending NewEgg, but when I check their prices vs. TigerDirect.com they seem to be $10-20 more for each component. Is there a reason for the preference?
Also, I find the i7 processor options a bit confusing and would appreciate some input. For example, why go with a 6 core i7 3930K unlocked processor for $559 instead of something like the Intel Xeon W3680 Processor for an extra $50?
Xeon's are not overclockable, or at least not easy. The W3680 is about the same as the i7-3930K, which is clocked slightly lower (3.2 versus 3.33 GHz), same number of cores, same L3 cache, but the i7-3930K is easily overclockable.
Go to this page:http://ppbm7.com/ and then register and login. This is mandatory or you will not have access to the next page. Then go to CS6 Detailed Results. If you want an explanation of what you can search for and how to make selections, go to the next page. Note that all the top-25 systems are i7 hexa core systems, almost all are overclocked and have at least 24 or 32 GB memory, most use GTX 670 or 680 video cards and all have some raid array.
Thanks for that clarification, someone on a gaming site had suggested that Xeon were faster, but I learned to double check a long time ago.
I should have asked, are there differences between the 2nd and 3rd generation processors that otherwise have similar specs? Or is the key to look at getting an unlocked i7 processor, regardless of generation.