Been lurking around here for some time now and I must say it's been interesting. A bit of background before we get to the good part: I'm a freelance website designer (one that does a lot of graphic design), so my workhorses are Ps and Ai, but lately I've been getting more and more freelance film work. I've reached a crossroads as my current system struggles to handle the load in Pr, especially in AE. I've decided to build a kickass system that will hopefully improve my workflow enough to take me more down the film path (in addition to dominating my Ps and Ai needs). This will be my first build, so all advice is welcome and much appreciated. I've tried pretty hard to do some research before posting, and here's what I've come up with:
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor||569.99||Is it worth waiting until the Ivy Bridge 4930K comes out? Looks like that won't be till the fall..|
|GPU||EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card||589.99||Would you choose the 680 over the 580?|
|mobo||ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard||324.99||I honestly know nothing about mobos.. should I be concerned that this is from 2011? Is this overkill?|
|RAM||Kingston 64GB (4 x 16GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Registered Server Memory DR x4 Model||519.99||Is Kingston a good brand? This seems like quite a deal.|
|disks||1x Samsung Pro 840 series 128GB SSD, 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB 7200 RPM RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive||420.97||SSD for OS&programs, 1HDD for media, 1HDD for cache and exports. This is the area I'm thinking I might improve on as I'm a bit under budget. What additional disks/purposes do you recommend? Seems like I shouldn't bother with RAID unless I get more disks.|
|PSU||CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC||129.99||Seems like a good PSU/cooling unit. Don't know much here though.|
|Case||Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case||149.99||I like that this has 2 audio jacks. Has 8 internal 3.5'' drive bays, 4 external 5.25'' drive bays, and 9 "expansion slots", whatever those are. It does not mention 2.5'' bays, so I assume it has none. Does that mean I won't be able to mount my SSD? Should I go with a different case for that reason?|
So I'm a bit under budget. What do you think would be the best components to upgrade?
I'm thinking I might get 3 more Barracuda 3TBs (or maybe smaller to cut the cost a bit), put 4 of them in RAID3 for media, keep the leftover drive for exports and scratch. Does that sound like a good idea? If I did this, I think I would also get this controller: Areca ARC-1213-4X PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS 4-Port PCIe 2.0 External SAS/SATA RAID Controller. Coming in at 389.99, it's not cheap, but I am willing to go a bit over budget if it will make a big enough difference. With this RAID setup, I'd be looking at around $3300, which is pretty much my max. Thanks in advance for your help!!
EDIT: Forgot to mention that I will be running CS5.5, probably going to go for the cloud upon release of CS???