My personal opinion is that you are stretching it a bit. DSLR footage is pretty difficult to handle and requires some horsepower. Using it with 5 shots in a multicam situation is extremely taxing on the system, especially on the CPU and memory.
If I were to go from scratch, I would go for a 2011 platform with an overclocked i7-3930K CPU and a dedicated raid controller, but you have a Z77 with a quad core. Assuming you don't want to change platforms now, I would suggest:
- Overclock your CPU to around 4.5 GHz.
- Use 32 GB 1600+ memory.
- Use a GTX 650 Ti Boost or GTX 660 video card. It makes no sense to go higher than that on this platform.
There is no sense in going for a dedicated raid controller on this platform, since it reduces your video card performance by around 10-15%, due to the lack of PCIe lanes and you want that video performance for the multicam processing.
You are between a rock and a hard place. The Z77 platform has severe limitations for what you want to do, but the X79 platform carries quite some costs. I don't envy your position.
Experience is that marvellous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
Thanks harm for the response, very interesting. My system is just a year old, originally built just for using Lightroom/ Photoshop on stills, the video work is a recent but exciting develpment. my current system's MoB is the P8Z77-V WS and has 32GB 1600 corsair memory in 4 sticks
I could sell the mobo/cpu/mem bundle and perhaps recover about £400 and upgrade to a X79 platform which would cost approx £600( with the recovered cash from selling the Z77).
So option 1 keep the old MoBo which has the following storage connections:
Intel® Z77 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *3
Marvell® PCIe 9128 controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue
Support Raid 0, 1
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *4
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Based on your 4 disk conbfig from the generic disk config thread how should I arrange my disks? I Guess that an SSD for OS and progs would be sensible on the first Intel 6Gb/s . The second 6Gb/s for as fast as possible HSS( velocerapto?). Should I now use the 4 x SATA 3Gb/s for a raid 10 with WD Black drives as the Media /Projects Drive and the 2 marvel 6Gb/s for the Exports drive and my DVD burner. Any thoughts?