I have CS4 Master Collection and run it on a dual boot XP64 and XP32 machine. I have the dual boot because I cannot get PPro CS4 to work at all on XP64. I know, it is not supported. I have been using Premiere since Version 6 I think. And of all of the Adobe programs that I use, Premiere (and PPRO) have always been to most troublesome for me. So this time, I'd like to get some assistance from all of you "hardware gurus" out there who can offer advice and help me get the most bang for my budget and deliver a reliable system for PPro CS5 and the other CS5 programs that I will use. It may be too early to give great advice at this time since the final versions have not be released. But maybe someone who has had a pre-released version could help now? Although I use many of the CS series programs, I pose the question in this forum since PPro has always been the program that has taxed my systems the most and would most often fail.
My uses for the Create Suite:
I am primarily a photographer. So I use Lightroom 2 (will upgrade to LR3) and Photoshop more than any other programs. I do extensive editing / retouching of my photos and use many plug-ins. I also design high end coffee-table books using these tools. However, I do still do some video editing and high-end compositing using Premiere Pro (mostly still CS3) and After Effects CS4. I would do more NLE work if PPRo worked better for me. I need the ability to edit at most three layers of 720P video, mostly acquired by D-SLR's. I also need to edit standard DV footage. I tend to use a lot of effects, including 3rd party effects (I am not sure how/if they will work anymore on a 64 bit program?). I do pretty advanced compositing in AE and customize a lot of AE purchased projects with lots of 3rd party effects (such as the Trapcode suite). I export video for the web, DVD, and Blu-Ray and hopefully cell phone and other devises down the road.
As long as I can still use SATA 3 7200rpm hard drives, I think that I have all of the hard drives that I need. I also have two 24" DVI monitors that I do not need to replace at this time. I have a 285 nvidia card, which I believe is the low end of the Mercury line that I can use? I have a blu-ray burner. Although I have never built a Windows 7 machine in the past, I think that I should have the ability to assemble the components and install the OS myself.
Given the above, does anyone have any good suggestions for what system or components that I should buy given my budget? I will definitely need:
Case, Power Supply, Motherboard, Memory, CPU(s), OS (Win 7 64?), ???
Case: I can go with a large workstation case or even rack mounted version (I have a standard rack). Since workstation cases are usually less expensive, I am fine with going this route. The case should have good air flow and needs to have at least 2 5" bays (3 would be better). It should be easy to install internal drives into using some sort of sliding rail system like most nice cases have these days.
Motherboard: I would prefer to have an on-board SATA RAID controller to run Mirroring on my OS Drive(s). I would like to have at least 6 SATA connectors for , 2 OS drives, 3 DATA drive, 1 Optical Drive. It should have ample USB2 connectors. It would be nice to have firewire 400 and 800 too. PCIexpress Expansion slots for at least one video card and possibly a capture card would also be nice. A PCI-X 64 bit slot would be nice (I have a AJA card currently unused) legacy PCI-32 slot as well, especially if it does not have an external firewire connection. It could have one or two processor connections depending on what I can afford with my budget. I'd like the board to support at least 16GB of memory, if not 32GB. I may not be able to afford this much memory at this time, but I'd like this ability for down the road.
If I need to provide more information in order for you to help me, please let me know. If anyone would like to provide help given my requirements, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance!