I work in Healthcare IT and am a training director for alpine skiing in the winter (I train the ski instructors at our mountain). I really enjoy recording video and editing it and want to seriously get into it, but have run into major limitations with my current hardware. I purchased several components today in order to build a powerful machine to edit video, game, and store data. I am using a Canon HF S11 (AVCHD) to record skiers/instructors for movement analysis and cool skiing videos! I have about 100GB of AVCHD footage from recent events in our divsion and want to create a professional video. I also use video for our family...we just had our first child and she is a DOLL!
The new machine I am building will be used for:
1. Editing with Premiere Pro CS5 and other Master Collection CS5 applications.
2. Gaming, such as MMORPGs in raiding situations.
3. Redundant and reliable storage. Basically a NAS on my network (including DLNA connections).
4. My primary machine!
I have the following components that will arrive next week:
- Lian Li PC-A77F Tower
- Asus P6X58D Premium Motherboard
- Corsair HX CMPSU-1000HX (1000w) Power Supply
- Intel Core i7-980x Extreme Edition Gulftown Processor
- Corsair Dominator 12GB (6 x 2) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory
- EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) Superclocked Video Card
- Crucial Real SSD C300 2.5 inch SATA 6GB/s (256GB)
- 6 x Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB @ 7200RPM SATA 3GB/s Hard Drive (7200.11).
- Lite-On 12x Blu-ray Burner 3D
- Windows 7 Ultimate x64
- CyberPower Professional Series 1500VA, 1000w UPS
These Seagate drives weren't my first choice, but I already owned several and Newegg was selling cheap. I have fortunately not had a failure yet in approx. nine months on my RAID1 set (knock on wood).
I have been looking around on these forums and have seen many posts about RAID and hard drive set ups for PPro CS5. I am contemplating how to set up the 7 drives I have, not only for optimal performance with video editing but for reliable and redundant storage for my data. Video will largely consume most of the space, but other uses are music, photos, documents, etc.
The motherboard has 2 x 6GB/s SATA connections (non-RAID) and 6 x 3GB/s SATA connections, any of which RAID 0/1/5/10 are supported.
I am highly technical, but do not have a ton of experience with the video editing side of it, including building a video editing machine. I am trying to decide how many logical drives to have (C, D, E, F, etc.) and which RAID set to use. I'm not going to beat Harm on the charts, but it would be nice to be in there somewhere! Any advice I can get will be appreciated, especially from Harm or Bill.
My initial thoughts were:
C: (SSD) - OS, Programs
D: (SATA) - 6 Disk RAID5 (or RAID10 for extra safety)
However, some of Harms posts would seem to indicate significant performance gains from scratch, pagefile, and project disks. I am wondering how my specific needs of not only editing performance, but reliable storage will pan out for recommendations.
Any other suggestions regarding the build are also welcome.
Thanks in advance.