I've been researching nonstop for several days, and it's time to ask for your expert opinions. I would appreciate any help.
I'm ordering a new system for Production Premium CS5, and mostly I will use Premiere Pro CS5 to edit long-form projects (huge timelines with thousands of clips) of Red 4k footage. It's a feature film with only a few F/X shots, but we'd like to do as much F/X, sound mixing, and color correction in CS5 as possible.
Here is what I'm considering:
CUSTOM BUILD from CYBERPOWERPC (about $1950 including items not listed):
1. Do you see any poor or strange decisions?
2. I liked that mobo because of the chipset's possibilities and because it has 1394 for old-style DV capture. Plus it has 8 SATA 2.0's, 2 SATA 3.0's, 2. eSATA 2.0's, and 2 USB 3.0's for huge/fast storage options in the future. Is there some better alternative if I'm keen to have at least one of each of these formats?
3. I'll clone their 1TB OS drive onto a smaller 250GB drive to use as the OS drive, then use their 1TB drive as part of a 2TB RAID 0 video storage. Will using the mobo's raid controller or some type of virtual RAID (like I did in Xp64) be fine, or do I need a separate RAID controller (like I had in the late 90's).
4. What do you think about that processor and RAM for what I'm doing? Any reason to prefer 2 Quad-Core's (if dual processors are even compatible with CS5)? Please let me know if the current configuration will lag with huge timelines with thousands of 4k clips.
5. Maybe I don't need the Creative sound card and could just use the mobo's sound?
6. Will it be simple for me to remove their graphics card and install an Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 myself?
7. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 seems like a good fit for GPU acceleration for me since I'm not expecting to have 4+ layers of videos, though I will be doing multiple effects on 1 or 2 layers. Would having a Quadro FX give any advantage over the GTX 285 for huge timelines with thousands of 4k clips? Or any advantages for any other use?
8. The GTX 285 has 2 DVI's as its only connectors (plus something that looks like S-video). Can I use one DVI for my workstation and one DVI for monitoring video in realtime on an HDMI/DVI-equipped LCD TV or professional HD video monitor. Any problems with viewing/outputting my 4k video in HD in realtime? What is the best setup to view your video on an external monitor? Back in the CS2 days I used a 1394 through a camcorder into an analog professional monitor, but that's not going to be HD, plus I heard there's a sync problem these days.
Thanks for your advice.