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Good looking system.
Saw this on a newegg review, it might warrant looking into:
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Pros: Good motherboard for various things
Cons: NIC's on board are not supported by Vista 64 as of yet
Other Thoughts: I also had trouble getting a Rocket Raid 2310 to work on this board.
Several points of critique:
1. Lose the High Point controller. Get either an Areca Arc 12x1ML or the new Adaptec 51245 controller with 2 GB cache and BBM.
2. For OS get a 150G WD Raptor instead of the 320G disk.
3. 16 G RAM is overkill. Adobe is still a 32 bit application and can not use more than 4 G max.
4. Vista is crap. Better use XP and remember that 64 bit versions are not supported.
5. I suggest the SC-743TQ-845B case with hot swappable drives and fans and 'silent' 845 W PS instead.
6. Add the SNK-P0018 passive coolers if you choose for the SC-743 chassis with airduct.
I would opt for 8 internal raid5 disks, one internal for OS, 2 DVD burners and 8 external disks if you are looking for space.
I second Harm's recommendation to use an Areca raid controller instead. And if you go that way, use RAID 3, it's much better for video than RAID 5. Same capacity, same protection, faster normal throughput and much faster throughput if a drive fails.
Great information. Thanks. I'll incorporate your advice.
It is a monster of a system. I want one.
I've heard a lot of things about the 8800GT not working well with Cineform or something about overlays. Will you be using either?
If so, have you figured something out that the others haven't?
I was hoping Hugh was going to elaborate on this question, ( he posted something about this not long ago, but hasn't gone into detail ) ( I have a post on this somewhere )
This is the only thing holding me back from buying an 8800 series card.
No, but now I am curious as I have that graphics card on order. Does anyone know the specific problem with this card?
It has something to do with overlay. This card does not support it and that can cause problems with Cineform. Here's a link to the Cineform forum where I found the info I needed.
I ended up getting the card anyway. It's a great deal.
I still don't know what an overlay is. I capture video, and edit it, and that is about it, and have been doing this now with Premiere for about a year, and have never run into an "overlay". I use main video and do basic edting to it, but that's the extent of my Premiere know-how.
Does anyone have time to explain what the "overlay" is, what it does, and this is something that is part of Premiere ?
Simply put, video overlay is the technique used to display a 'video' signal on a computer monitor, which is often set up very differently than what the video signal natively requires.
So, will the 8800GT work in a dual monitor setup?
I have two monitors and sometimes display video on one or the other.
That system sounds great. I'll take two.
The 8800 will work with dual monitors, but using one of them for video playback is generally not a good idea (and often not possible, depending on the card). Use a real TV for that kind of monitoring.
I built the system as shown in the original post. As time and money permit, I will upgrade as indicated by earlier posters. I would say, that Vista x64 with all the fixes and SP1 seems to work just fine. All my new and old software runs well and all my hardware works fine. Vista may be past the break-in period. I was able to find drivers for everything. Time consuming but it all works now.
There were some glitches (frustrating ones) until I got all the updates to Vista downloaded.
For now, it seems to be a very, very fast setup. I will comment with more insight later when I get into the heart of my editing projects.
Excellent specs for the system! I have one comment on the hardware selection: having used a variety of RAID controllers I have pretty much decided that there are two safe brands to use: Adaptec and AMCC/3Ware. Of these two I give preference to AMCC/3Ware who has excellent controllers and excellent support. Perhaps I was just unlucky but about two years ago a six month old RocketRaid controller melted down on me taking out a RAID 5 array and the server it was running on (data was not recoverable -- fortunately most of it was on backups). I've never come across a faulty AMCC/3Ware controller, and any configuration issues I've ever had with them have been thoroughly and quickly resolved with AMCC's support.
I'm also getting two 8800GT's for similar use, though the rest of the system specs are not as beefy as yours :)
If you want inferior performance I agree (with the exception of the new Adaptec 5 series, based on the IOP 381 chip). Especially 3Ware is a slow performer.