What parts have you already. Unless we know we can only guess. Yes you shoud definitely be using SSD;s for your editing but we have to know more about your motherboard before we can help.
Hi Bill! Thanks for helping me.
Here is what I have, including the drives from my previous computer. I've added a link to the motherboard product page in case you need to look at the specs.
Component Selection CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor CPU Cooler Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Motherboard MSI X99A SLI PLUS ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Optical Drive LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter Monitor Dell P2815Q 30Hz 28.0" Monitor External Storage Buffalo Technology DriveStation 3TB External Hard Drive
Keep in mind that I will keep my old computer so I'll need at least one drive in that, so I can't use all the drives in the new system.
The most important storage element for your system is to buy either a Samsung SM951 512 GB M.2 SSD or wait a few weeks until the Samsung 950 PRO M.2 512 GB SSD is available and install either on your motherboard in the M.2 socket. I would then use it for all of your current project files. When you have finished that project archive it to your hard drive or external drive. If you ever need multiple projects live you could add another standard 6 Gbps SATA III SSD for intermediate staging, or as I am doing on my X99 system get yourself a Samsung T1 512 GB USB3 Flash Drive. It will be about 2x faster than your WD Blue or your Buffalo drive. With your Crucial MX100 being 128 GB you will just have to frequently clean the Adobe "Media Cache" and "Media Cache Files" folders which by default go to the C: drive to prevent them become excessive large. These are just temporary files that will get recreated if you access an older project. In this case frequent probably means when you change projects.
Here are Crystal Disk Mark tests of first my SM951 in my X99, i7-5960X, 64 GB, computer and second the Samsung T1, USB 3.0, 512 GB, Flash Drive
.In Premiere with our Premiere Pro BenchMark (PPBM) with the disk intensive timeline test I can actually write to the SM951 at 1500MB/s.
I actually use the USB 3.0 Samsung T1 on my laptop for all my editing and then most of the time take it to my X99 for export and disc making. As you can see for large sequential files it is twice as fast as any hard drives and has no fall-off in speed as it fills like hard disk drive do.
Thank you for the detailed recommendation Bill!
I am in awe of the sequential transfer speed of that m.2 drive. I will keep an eye out for that 950 Pro. I think it will be a big improvement over what I've been using so far, but then so will all the other parts I'm buying.
Once I've put the parts together, I'll be sure to run some benchmarks to find any bottlenecks. I'm thinking that the 16GB of RAM might need to be increased. Would you agree?