Start with getting a 150 of 300 G Velociraptor for OS and programs.
What kind of raid?
thanks a lot for your answers. the external "raid" are wd mybook studio II harddrives. we are working with avc-intra 100 from our panny hpx-3000.
would the velociraptor-drives speed up the whole editing and encoding process?
i am really satisfied with our setup, the speed is compared to our old computer (hp xw 8200) stunning, but something is strange. during encoding in the amd the processors are not really busy, from 1 to 10 % usage. is this normal?
wd mybook studio II harddrives.
Those are nice for backup to a limited extent. Not for editing, because it uses green disks on a SATA 150 port in raid0.
With the processors you have, your disk setup is the weakest link in the chain.
Consider a good raid controller, like the Areca Arc-1680Ix-12/16, two Supermicro CSE-M35T drive cages and add a number of Spinpoint F3 or WD RE4 drives (up to 10 with the 2 cages) in Raid3, possibly with a hot-spare disk, depending on the number of disks in the array.
thanks for your reply, sounds good to me and i am ordering the parts today.
any thoughts on the low processor usage while encoding, or should i open a new discussion on this topic?
thanks again for your really professional input, greetings,
Generally, when the CPU shows a low load, it implies that the CPU is waiting for other chains in the link, like data from disk or MPE to finish.