Moved to the Hardware forum.
First, there's the other two resources for some of this hardware related issues, the Hardware forum ...
and then the Tweaker's Page, where they go over everything about the hardware ...
and under the Benchmark tab on that page, there's even a download available for PC's to use to check your machine's real-world performance and give you numbers to check against other real machines to see where your tool does best, and where maybe it could take some upgrade.
Next, for external drives ... be wary of "standard" figures because there's theoretical ... there's with say "standard" data use ... and there's under video load from PrPro, and they can be VERY different numbers.
Thunderbolt has a tested throughput for read/write that is vastly ahead of eSATA which in turn is WAY the heck ahead of USB3.x. So in general, Thunderbolt is the better choice if you've got it, or eSATA if you don't. USB3.x just doesn't have usable read/write performance capability ... EXCEPT ... if you have a fast tool on the USB3 line, such as say a particularly fast flash-memory/thumbdrive device (I've got a PNY 128GB thumb I use for some things) it can either read or write some things ok at times ... but how do you know?
In order of speed needed ... the PrPro cache files & cache database are heavy and constant read AND write processes, so they need both fast disc in/out AND a fast disc ... internal SSD's are really a good option. As are preview files ... similar to cache.
Next ... project files, still images/graphics, audio files. Not quite as heavy as the cache files, but still a bear ... better to have on a separate fast drive/connection from the cache files, but ok if it's a big 7200rpm/faster "standard" drive with internal, Thunderbolt, or eSATA II connection.
Then two that are quite different ... media (your video 'footage' files) and exports (the video you render-out/export for final use). Each of these is more of a one-way read (media) or write (export) operation. You can't put them both on one drive as that would slow things up ... but ... at need, you could put either of these on that fast USB3 device. Say export out to a fast flash-drive on the USB3, you won't really notice a slowdown. Or at need, have your media on one.
The other suggestion is say a 4-5 disc hardware striped (for speed) RAID array ... five 2Tb or better drives in a striped RAID can pretty much hold everything and still perform blazingly fast.
Ok, thank you, I will check out the links. But, just off the top of your head, do you know if any available drives come with a USB, eSata AND Thunderbolt port on one unit, or am I just hoping for too much from one piece of hardware?
Check out the Samsung T1 USB3 SSD. Available in 1 TB capacity and currently the fastest single external drive solution in a very small and convenient package without breaking the bank.
Your 'BEAST' must be a huge SNAIL because it is simply very, very slow with an AMD CPU, which is unsuited for editing.
What would you suggest? i7?
It was built for audio, not video editing. I am not trying to name drop here, and not many people would know him anyway, but Steve Lamm, a Grammy award winning audio engineer built this for me. I had the choice of the AMD or an i7, and I saved a little with the AMD, but he assured me it was perfectly suitable for running hundreds of tracks and dozens of virtual instruments. This was also built in 2011. I just got into video in the last year and am just learning about the requirements for video processing/rendering.
Here are my specs. As I'm new to video, you see places I need improvement? Again, this was not originally intended for video.
CGR2v4 AMD (CUSTOM)
Windows 7 Pro 64bit
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2Ghz Socket AM3 Six Core Processor
NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB Dual Head (2 DVI)
8GB DDR3 1600 (2 x 4GB sticks) (purchased, but have not installed, Patriot Viper 2x4GB, DDR3, PC3-12800, 1600MHz sticks to add for a total of 16GB.
Just copying off the front of the package, not even sure some of those numbers are relevant)
SATA DVD Burner with Lightscribe SATA
OS Hard Drive:
150GB SATA 3.0GB/s 7200rpm 16mb Cache (purchased, but have not installed, a Samsung 840 EVO SSD, 250GB)
Hard Drive 2(SAMPLES):
1TB SATA 6.0GB/s 7200rpm 64mb cache
Hard Drive 3(AUDIO):
1TB SATA 6.0GB/s 7200rpm 64mb cache
Also, I have 2 more slots for internal hard drives
You can find mechanical (i.e. slower than SSD) drives with multiple interfaces, check out LaCie, G-Technology, Other World Computing for example.
You could even consider a drive enclosure and build with SSDs
My computer builder is a gamer also, LOVES the AMD side of things for the speed at low cost thing ... is totally irritated that AMD and the Adobe DVA's aren't on the best of terms, but ... had to suck it up & build me a video editing machine FOR the Adobe DVA's. Would be nice if these apps and the AMD chipped CPU's and GPU's played as nicely together as nVidia. Ah well, not yet. Better ... but not really there yet.
This will probably sound like a dumb question, but remember, I'm still new to video.
What is Adobe DVA?
I Googled it and found "DVA Support", "DVA profiles", but I couldn't find any mention of what DVA actually means.
Don't fret ... I didn't know either, and now I use it without thinking about the "audience" at times. Sigh. Yea, gotta love the acronym-creep ...
Digital Video Applications ... easiest/quickest way to refer to say Premiere Pro, SpeedGrade, AfterEffects, Adobe Media Encoder, and maybe Prelude as a group.
haha ok, thanks. Yeah, I finally got a handle on the audio and "still" design acronyms, now I have a whole new set to learn
For the first 36 years of my professional imaging career, I worked very hard to stay out of the complicated software (Photoshop) and used Lightroom ... that's after leaving having all the lab gear behind. We'd had our own pro portrait lab in-house doing our own studio and others as we're picky snots and most pro portrait labs kept suggesting we might be better using someone else ... ANYONE else ...
So ... after deciding that we needed a bit more "motion" to our imagery options, and finding Animoto so limiting, I delved into the Great Quagmire ... DVA's. Each program seems rather a bit more complicated than "mere" Photoshop, and ... in my little shop ... I sorta need them all on occasion. So after 20 years of avoiding P-shop wherever possible, I'm now daily involved in multiple programs vastly more complex.
My wife (also a pro photog with all the PPA initials past her name) thinks it's deserved retribution.
Women can be vindictive at times, at least with spouses ... or at least, with spouses who've always dumped their own p-shop work onto the other spouse ... sigh.