http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere/hardware_forum?view=all has a LOT of build discussions
My thoughts... full tower is better for cooling and cabling, one idea is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225
600W power supply MIGHT be a bit small
Use the Power supply calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp (the PRO version has more options) to determine your power supply needs
Quaddro is very expensive, mainly useful if you have a (very expensive) 10bit monitor... go to http://ppbm7.com/index.php/tweakers-page/83-balanced-systems and scroll down a few pages to see which graphics adapter is "best" for your system
Several other discussions, from the Hardware sub-forum
-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
-another video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1132363
-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
Wow, thanks John. Anybody else have any opinions?
Micro Center MN.
you go around with sales guy ( tech guy that builds computers for customers as custom machines ).. and pick out the parts you want.
together you go through the items one by one, check prices, talk about specs etc....takes some time... couple hours at least.
then you buy all the stuff..
in MY case I asked them to build it FOR me... and they charge about $ 150.00 to do that , install OS , raid ,etc.
Then you pick up the machine a few days later...done...this cost about $2700.oo with tax...a few months ago.
I used John's suggestions , Bill Hunts, and another couple guys here...who all built their own machines...
I'm happy with the pig.
good luck .. this stuff gets really intense - all the parsing of info and so on...
that thing above includes misc stuff like cheap monitor and so on.. a decent monitor for close to decent color correction starts at about $1,000.00 each...but you know that, being a pro etc...
above is set up as follows...
c: ssd programs only, nothing but edting stuff on pig
d: raid ( 2 drives mirrored ) for resource stuff ( original source materials )
e: ssd for scratch disk only
f: HD for exports
tons of room in pig for more drives and adding stuff.. it is HUGE...
top of cabinet has 2 usb2, 2 usb3, mini jacks for phones and mic, back has esata ext. etc...on board sound for pig in my case.
ps... Bill thinks I shoulda got a bigger SSD for the scratch disk.. but I dont plan on long form projects..plus dont render unless I have to.. so far this pig is good for mov h264 from nikon d800...without renders or intermediates.
( fingers crossed )
got neoscene if I have to convert to avi
oh.. one more note...
the tech / sales guy I worked with in store was really really smart and works at his home on pro psd stuff and knew about editing stress on machines, and was some kinda game freak as well.. with multiple cc monitors on his home stuff...and he was just really good ...
he said, and take this with grain of salt.... that windows 8 handles multi threading WAY better than win 7 ...
I got win 7 cause I heard that cs6 didnt like win 8. I dont know where all that stands now...but might be worth looking into...
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If you're willing to replace the Quadro with a cheaper (though perfectly adequate) Geforce card (and don't need 10-bit monitoring), you can get a 3930K-based computer built for about the same price, and with a number of other upgrades (SSD system drive, better PSU, better case, 32GB rather than 16GB, etc.). This doesn't include firewire card or bluray player, however.
i think firewire is sorta already going out of favor for thunderbird or something.. I have one for dv on my mousey computer but not on the pig...most pro stuff now is probably alexa log c cards, hard drives ( estata ) and SD stuff...red cards or hard drives.. that sort of thing..??
beats me.. no sense not having 'everything' ...
If I go with a Geforce card and save 3 or 4 hundred dollars, do you have any recommendations of what should be upgraded to what? My budget is $3,000. So I would have and extra $600 to spend.
I may be misunderstanding the basics of adobe products...but I got the impression that stuff on the timeline (some effects etc ) use the cuda technology within certain parameters.. and the 'exports' use the CPU mostly ( if not entirely ).. so you have to balance your expectations and plans ( what you apply to your edits ) with your overall business ( what you wanna shoot, edit, and or export for yourself and others etc. ). Just make sure you read up on what AE and PPro does in your workflow and use judgement then.
Your initial build is a little confusing -- you have 2 2T drives raided, but no apparent system drive. If this is what you really intend, not at all a good idea.
You want a SSD system drive, say an intel 520 or a Samsung 840, which is popular here, for Windows and applications software only. And if there are [only] two additional drives for data, renders, previews and exports, I think you'd be better off not raiding them.
I like the Fractal Design R4 case, but there are other choices in that price range (including larger cases). For PSU, maybe an 800W Corsair ATX series. Or Seasonic. In any case, you want a "Gold" rated PSU -- it should run cooler and quieter than a less efficient unit -- and more than 600W (not enough safety margin, there).
As for the CPU -- 3930K is popular here, and a proven performer, but I can't comment on the performance of the newer Haswell line, which is also a possibility. The Noctua cooler for the 3930K processor is probably the quietest, though it's quite large.
Additional money could be spent on HDDs, on RAID controller cards, etc., depending on what your needs are. At a minimum, for starters, get another disk or two, if you've got money to spare.
I think you're getting this confused... the poster listed a fractal design case ? I'm outta here... good luck
No; I was recommending the Fractal Design R4 as an upgrade, but noting that there are larger ones in the same price range, if that's what he's looking for.
Wow, thanks guys. You have been extremely helpful and I appreciate it, Now I cannot decide what i should do about possible RAID configurations. Any suggestions?
Here's what I recommend.
Get all five of these single drives in place first:
Plus some type of backup.
Only once you have those in place should you start to think about a RAID. For the System, Projects and Media drives, RAID 1 is a good option. RAID 3 is also a good choice for the Media drive, though considerably more expensive. Only use RAID 0 for Cache and Export drives, where nothing critical is lost in the event of a crash.