3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 18, 2010 7:07 AM by dan_public2

    New Workstation - System and Storage Critique Please


      Hi. I'm finalizing a new workstation config and would appreciate your advice.   Since I'm not a photo/video pro, this workstation will be used for multiple purposes:

      • Video Editing (CS3 now; CS5 when released)
      • Photo Editing (CS3 now; CS5 when released)
      • Sotftware Development
      • Stock data processing (custom app, processing daily data)
      • Office and Personal Apps (Email, web browsing, personal finance)

      Below is my system config.   I'd appreciate any feedback that you have on the config, especially the disk config with an eye towards getting decent performance for editing AVCHD (w/Premiere) and still images (w/PhotoShop).


      To limit upfront expenses, I'm thinking software RAID 0 instead of hardware RAID.   A nightly (or more often) file backup would copy files to a Backup Drive.   A weekly backup would copy files over our network to a small server.   As projects becames stale, they would be copied to a removable archive disk (currently 500Gb).


      Some specific questions:


      • I understand that Hardware RAID is better than software RAID.   If I start with a software RAID now, will there be any issues with upgrading to a Hardware RAID (like an Areca ARC-1210)?


      • As you can see below, I'm thinking of moving the Paging File to a separate disk.  I'm thinking of a 150Gb Raptor or maybe an older 80Gb disk that I have laying around.   Does this disk have to be fast?


      • I've seen several comments about buying WD RE4 (WE2003FYYS) disks are better for RAID that WD Caviar Black.   Are the RE4 cost effective for amateur use?








      OS                              Win 7 Pro
      CPU                            Core I7-920 (OC’d to 3.8Ghz)
      CPU Cooler                 CORSAIR Water Cooling - Hydro Series CWCH50-1
      Mainboard                   ASUS P6X58D Premium
      Memory                       12 GB Mushkin Enhanced Redline DDR3 1600
      Video Card                  nVidia GeForce 9600 GT
      Power Supply              CORSAIR 850W


      Disk Controller            Intel ICH10R controller (6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports) w/ RAID 0,1,5,10
                                         Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller (2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports)


      System & App Disk     WD 300GB Velociraptor #1
      Paging File Disk          WD 150GB Raptor or maybe old 80Gb disk
      Backup Storage          1X Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB
      Removable Archive     1x 500Gb

      Other Disk                   Maxtor 6Y200P0 200Gb (currently owned, but not sure what to do with it


      Video Config:

      2X Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB configured RAID 0*:

      - Video Capture         
      - Preview Files
      - Sound File
      - Final Results


      * Or maybe WD RE4 2TB


      WD 300GB Velociraptor #2:
      - Project Files