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First, as you joined the forum today, welcome!
3. I'd vote no ECC for a system for your goals (this subject seems to get a lot of passionate disagreement, but so long as RAM compatibility is correct, either works fine)
4. no; to run Adobe on PCs (CC 2015), NVidia GTX cards are the best route to go at all price points
6. Not at your price point
7. Both! Some workflows that use CPU and GPU at the same time often favor clock speed; other workflows like CPU rendering favor total CPU power (think of that as the number of cores [including Hyperthreads] x clock speed with all cores working)
i7-5960x 8-core is probably the best fit for your build specs (overclocked to around 4.2 GHz or so - don't let this scare you, done right it is really safe)
Haswell-E is coming soon and might provide some even better options (still x99) if your purchase is "in the next month or two" (as opposed to sooner)
8. Yes; 64GB sounds like a sweet spot to me considering your needs and price point
9. Puget's hardware is pretty slick and so is their web site. I would however suggest calling Eric Bowen at ADK (he frequents this forum) though do to his EXTENSIVE knowledge of Adobe and hardware. ADK also has a very established audio editing business so they know how to build powerful system AND keeping them quiet. Eric knows everything there is to know about how to "tweak" and support Adobe on PCs, and he has lots of experience with Mac's too that could be beneficial to your situation.
10. It'd be fine.
Thanks for the help, Jim. There's a ton to learn here. You're responses are very helpful
Hey Jim. Based on your recommendations, I whipped this up with the Puget online tool:
Asus X99 Mobo
Crucial 4x 16GB
GTX 980 Ti
1TB Samsung Pro SSD
FW card, Wifi, sound dampening, extra case fan, BR Burner, etc
Which came to around $5100.
Something I forgot to mention is that I will be keeping my RAID card and drives
Is that a good build? If I wanted to spend more money, where would you recommend it goes?
Thanks again and I'll definitely hit up Eric when the time comes.
If the 1TB Samsung Pro was planned for your boot drive, it would be better to get a 512GB Samsung Pro 950 for the boot drive.
I'm holding off for other drive suggestions until we know:
What RAID card?
What other drives?
Sorry, it's an areca ARC-1882-ix-24 and 24 3TB Ultrastars in RAID 6
Yes the Samsung was for the boot drive
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OK, this is getting really interesting!
You had all that with a MAC, so...
How are the drives mounted?
What cables/connectors are you using?
And this does change things a bit:
- excellent drives and controller BTW!
- you may want to go with Asus's x99-e WS workstation board - the full EATX sized one, not the "W" one which is ATX - to better utilize the 40 available PCIe lanes. The Deluxe will handle the build that you are planning, but if you ever want to grow more (Blackmagic card, 10GBe card, 2nd video card, etc.) the WS board would likely make that easier
- you do have 4 extra unused channels on your ARC-1882ix card - I am absolutely loving my latest array, a 5x 800GX SSD RAID 5 array on a ARC-1882ix-24 card. You could go with 4x 512GB Samsung 850 Pros using the remaining 4 channels.
- or, you could add a single SSD (or 2x RAID 0 SSD) on the motherboard SATA channels for all the scratch/cache/media cache files
I have it all set up via SAS. I built it myself years ago b/c I couldn't find 12-drive cases. Anyway, I have no recollection of the parts exactly but it's all mini SAS
I like the idea of more PCIe lanes, so I will likely go with the x99-e
Not a bad idea having a small array for scratch. I chew through storage, so I will likely have to keep an eye on it.
Thanks for all the input. Super helpful