I read the forum from time to time and I mostly see questions, complaints and help requests. I thought I would change things up a little and add my recent build experience to add a little light to the forum.
I had built a video editing machine 5 years ago and while it was still running fine it was getting long in the tooth. Here is a brief summary of what I had.
AMD 955BE - Phenom 2 X4
256 SSD - OS Disk
2 X 1 TB Raid 0 Source Disks (Software Raid)
1 X 1 TB Target Disk
EVGA GTX 560 SC - Added about 2 years ago (What a difference)
Well it served me well but lately it has become tedious, taking up to a second to advance 1 frame, taking a second to redraw if I moved the play head etc. Since the drives were all 5 years old I also started to get worried about failure. So I made the plunge and upgraded most of my hardware, all but the graphics card. I retired my old machine to a HTPC and it does that very nicely.
My new machine.
Intel i7 4771 CPU
32GB Ram (1600) - GSKILL
256 GB Samsung EVO SSD - OS / Application Drive
Perc 6/i Raid Controller with 256MB Cache
5 X 1TB 64MB Cache WD Drives (4 active in RAID 5 with a hot spare) - Source drive / array
128GB Samsung EVO SSD - Target Drive
My existing EVGA GTX560 SC - I know it is older but it holds its own.
ASRock Pro4 H87 MotherBoard
All I can say is WOW. I know the PERC 6/i is an older controller (got it on ebay for $35, they were $400 when they were new) but that thing is fast. My RAID 5 array can read at 800MB/s and write and 400MB/s with IOPS at 60K. It is faster than both the SSD's it has 2.7TB of usable storage.
My GTX 560SC used to run at 30% CPU while rendering. Now it runs between 80-90%. My render times are 33% of what they used to be. CPU is pegged at 100% on most renders. Some of them bounce between 90-100%.
Rendering aside, the greatest improvement is editing, it is really real-time. And I mean real-time. If I move a frame ahead it is instant. If I scrub it is real-time. Even with multiple effects applied.
Now I need to shoot more video so I can edit more.
EDIT*** - This entire setup cost me $1300 off newegg and ebay
[Moved to Hardware forum.]
Well after a week of editing I am very impressed. I do realize now that the GTX 560 SC is the next upgrade. Editing is great, super responsive and real time in every aspect.
I did a render test and it renders HD 2.2 times faster than my previous setup. Which is really fast but my GTX 560SC is maxxed out running at 99% and man the fan on that card can get pretty loud when running at 75%+
I am very happy but will be putting some money aside from my next job for a new card. Not sure where to upgrade too, GTX 760, GTX 770 or GTX 680. Will do some more reaserach.