8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 24, 2010 5:34 PM by cfsKC

    System review assistance please

    cfsKC Level 1




      I have sought to sift through the very helpful postings in this forum in developing the basis of a dedicated workstation and now need just a little further clarification and advice before I have the system built by others. I will be using the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Master Collection.


      I create medical interview videos for publication on the Internet, mostly of 20-30 minutes in length. Some are as long as 75 minutes I shoot in AVCHD with a Panasonic AG-HMC150. My work typically has four or fewer video layers and two or three audio layers.


      My understanding of the various postings leads me to believe that the following would work for me now and yet be a system that could be upgraded/expanded as may be needed in the future should my projects become more complex. The costs shown are for parts from NewEgg.



      I-930 (OC 3.7) w/ I cpu   chip, 4 cores & 12 gig RAM

      $   290


      OCZ Gold 12GB (6 x   2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

      $   366

      Boot Drive/Disk

      WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB   10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

      $   200


      ASUS P6T WS PRO LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Core i7

      $   280

      Video Card

      GTX 480 Ha

      $   480


      CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W

      $   130

      Blu-Ray Burner

      LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner

      $   140


      Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO   CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks 

      $     90

      Operating Syst

      Windows 7 Pro 64-bit   OEM

      $   134


      LIAN LI PC-A77F Black Aluminum   ATX Full Tower Computer Case 

      $   350

      Computer parts less storage total cost

      $ 2,460


      In spite of numerous reading of the various postings on storage and RAID I am much less clear as to the most appropriate storage to set up. I have been unable to get a clear understanding of whether or not I even need a RAID setup let alone how to determine which RAID controller best suits my needs.

      I THINK that the following is appropriate. But would really appreciate comments on whether my storage inclination is reasonable and economical considering my current editing needs or whether I might be better off delaying the installation of a RAID system


      RAID Controller

      areca ARC-1680IX-12 PCIe x8 SAS   RAID Card

      $   789


      4 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.0gb/s   3.5"

      $   280

      HD 1 = OS & programs

      HD 2 Media & Projects                        

      HD 3 pagefile,  media cache

      HD 4  previews &   Exports

      Storage Total

      $ 1,069

      System Total

      $ 3,529


      Again, is there anything shown which is unnecessary or overkill for which something less expensive might be substituted. Is anything missing? What changes, if any, are suggested? I have not yet choosen a builder and am very open to recommendations in this area as well.

      Finally, very special thanks, most notably to Harm, to the active posters in this forum for the invaluable insights and assistance offered in your postings and responses.