I am in the process of buiding a new system and have read some of the threads on RAID.With my budget I was thinking one of two paths. First I plan to only be working with AVCHD (this is 1920 x 1080P from a Pany TM700k) and what ever FX made in AE etc, perhaps 3 - 6 timelines. My plan was to have:
[1T drive c: for OS and program], [Raid0 across 3 .5T drives for D: for projects and data], [1T E: for outputs] and a couple of backup drives. 6G RAM
Same as above but 1 D: drive, no RAID and 12G or more of RAM.
My real question is if I'm using AVCHD and enough RAM shouldn't the drive speed be a non-issue in renders and previews because everything will load into memory and run from RAM? I can go up to 24G of RAM but would like to save some money if I don't need to go that high.
Appreciate the wisdom of anyone on this forum.
For AVCHD editing, you profit more from extra and faster memory than from a raid. Look at the Background information page here: PPBM5 Benchmark
Just remember it is not all black or white, but with AVCHD the emphasis is more on clock speed, cores, cache and memory speed than disk I/O.