15 Replies Latest reply on Mar 14, 2014 6:49 AM by Nang

    Bunch of questions for 2k+ video editing setup. Please help if possible


      Hello everyone, I'm in the process of building a desktop (mainly for video editing -- with some graphic design and gaming here and there). I'll be working with Canon 5D III raw footage (Magic Lantern) and typical dslr h.264 for the time being. Eventually I'll be working with 2.5k and possibly 4k. I mainly use Premiere Pro and syncing with AE, though with this new build I will start on DaVinci as well.


      This is what I have OR considering thus far:


      (Just purchased) CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor 

      (Just purchased) Motherboard: Asus X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard 

      (just purchased) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card 

      (just purchased) Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

      (already owned) Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

      (already owned) Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk 



      (considering) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  

      (considering) Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory


      (considering) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive

      (considering) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200 RPM Internal Hard Drive 

      (consdering) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive 


      (considering) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)


      computer tower -- very undecided



      My main concern right now is setting up the hard drives. I've been reading and researching on how other editors are structuring their system, but it seems everyone has slightly different setup. So I'm somewhat confused on a smooth and optimal setup. Is this a good setup:


      1) Samsung 840 250gb -- for OS/apps

      2) Samsung 840 evo 120gb -- for project files/media cache/scratch disk?

      3) 2x Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200rpm in Raid 0 -- for meda/raw files?

      4) WD Caviar 3TB 5400rpm -- for exports/general storage/etc


      Is that okay? Should I get another HDD to separate project files, media cache, and/or scratch disk? Is Raid 0 necessary? Most likely I'll be using onboard raid option and I never done raid before. The reason why I'm going with the Barracuda is because there's a deal on them right now.


      **note: I have 5 external hard drives for backup and backing up the backups. I'm not too worried about the reliability of Raid 0 if it means I can get quicker performance.


      Another question, can anyone recommend a tower that's under $150? I've been looking at a bunch and just can't decide. I live in NYC and my room does not have AC so having a tower with good airflow is a must. Also my roommate has a cat and I would like to have dust filters (though not as important as I can just buy aftermarket, but having a tower that comes with some would be nice)



      Sorry for the long post and thank you in advance!