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I have a new system. Maybe my configuration will help you decide on yours.
Vista 64 Business
Dual E5420 Xeons
16 GB RAM
2x500 GB Seagates in a 1 TB RAID0 for Source Media
2x500 GB Seagates in a 1 TB RAID0 for Projects/Renders
3x500 GB Seagates in a 1 TB RAID5 for Daily Backups
1x500 GB Seagate System Disk
1x500 GB Seagate Data/Photos Disk
1x160 GB WD System Backup
The RAID5 and the Data/Backup disks are in a hot swappable 5-disk bay. Archived projects and some Data backups are saved on SATA disks in external USB enclosures.
Video card is an Nvidia GTX 280. All of it runs on a 1000-Watt Power Supply with custom cooling and fans for the CPUs and the case.
I'm not finished installing all of my production apps yet, but what I do have installed flies with the 8 cores. I have yet to stretch the RAM, but when I get CS4 installed, I plan to have Pr, AE, Ps, En and AME open most of the time, since most of my work is done via Dynamic Link. I expect the 16 GB will come in handy then.
Try it and you will know.
Harm, my system has one of the new VelociRaptor 150 GB drives ($160 @newegg) as the OS/Applications disk since this is the fastest SATA disk available. I am skeptical on running any form of RAID for the OS as if there is a problem there it is difficult to diagnose as many boot type tools cannot handle a RAID OS configuration. I have a friend that twice now had to start over with a RAID 1 OS disk.
continued---had to take a break and walk the dog.
As far as a faster paging file, I do not think that with a 64-bit OS, 8 GB or more of RAM and generally a single application running that there should be much paging.
As soon as I can afford it I think that I will get an nVidia Quadro FX1700 since it is "CUDA" enabled and be able to tell if it helps any of my benchmarking, but then that is not helping you right now.
That is quite a case, my I ask for the name and part number?
Sorry, way OT, but...
>running Vista 64
Have you by mistake gotten into one of those bars in Amsterdam where they serve their "drinks" rolled up in thin paper?
The case is the Supermicro SC743TQ-865SQ and the storage bay for the 2.5" disks is the Addonics AE4RCS25NSA (2.5 Disk Array 4SA)
Thanks for your remark about the difficulty of troubleshooting boot arrays. That might be an advantage for the Velociraptor.
Dag, no. I don't make the mistake of visiting Amsterdam, unless it is absolutely necessary, like visiting the IBC, let alone visiting those bars. I came to realize that Vista has grown up a bit with SP1 and with full support for 64 it now makes a bit more sense than XP64. It does imply a couple of days tweaking Vista (= removing 'features') to make it work decently, but after that is accomplished I will make a slip streamed DVD version for future installs, so that is a one time investment. With recent enhancements in Nullsoft that is easily accomplished, including all intermediate patches and 'Patch Tuesday' versions.
Harm and Dag
I have been seriously thinking it might be a good time for me to start exploring Windows 6 (??) 64-bit also (I hate the "V" word). But mine would have to be dual-boot.
There is a interesting article in the November 2008 issue of PC World that is a starting point of 12 "V" features "You Don't Need And How To Turn Them Off".
I like that Addonics unit--thanks
Thanks! You have probably been the one most appreciated "words", from my point of view, when it comes to reluctance against Vista. So far Vista for me has been a new "maked-up" version of ME (and god dang it, ME was BAD, did I say terrible BAD?).
So, seeing that YOU can find Vista to be able to "tame", as I found XP to be, that's good news.
Yup, maybe even I will look into ista (not using the "V", for you Bill!), oh well, maybe I get there at SP2...
Some little things like standard support for LBA64 and GPT right out of the box helped to pull me across. Additionally there is now a lot of info available on tweaking the OS and getting rid of all the garbage that is installed automatically. Basically the OS is not so bad, it gets seriously hampered and bogged down by things like Aero and the Sidebar and the ridiculous UAR management, which even Micros**t has now acknowledged to be a mistake.