I am in the process of building a PC with the primary purpose of video editing, not gaming. I will be using Adobe Premier Pro CS5. I have been researching for several weeks (I did not realize until recently I should be in this forum as it focuses on the software I will be using instead of all the other gaming focused forums), and have two questions about hardware selections. Price is not an option, but do not want to be excessive if not necessary (jr. needs new shoes for kindergarten afterall). I have a Panasonic HDC-TM700 camera for my raw video (records in 1080p) hence the need for BR burning due to space considerations for disc burning (video of the kids to grandma, etc - I guess I will need to buy grandma a BR player - I am still not sure she mastered using the VHS player yet), and also have tons of mini-DV tapes I need to capture and edit. Here is what I have selected to date with questions embedded into the selections:
OS: Windows 7 64 bit ultimate (overkill but I am purchasing for $50 - yes, legal copy)
Processor: Here is one area I am struggling with which has the biggest financial impact on my build. I have read hundreds of posts on this issue in other forums and am confused on speed vs number of cores and the actual benefits which will result using Premier CS5 (the posts have primarily been on gaming benefits hence not applicable to my needs). The processors in scope are:
I can afford the 980X as well as the 970 Gulftowns, however the 950 Bloomfield is much more cost effective. I guess what I need to know is will the leap from quad core to hex core be worth the extra $600? If that is the case, is the extra $100 for the 980x worth it (I suspect not). Any guidance on this item will be greatly appreciated. I have read the 4 page posting in this forum on PC building, but am still somewhat confused on this item. I know what the gamers recommend, but need to understand from a video editing perspective.
Here is the other item I am struggling with - video card. I reviewed what is compatible with CS5 from this Adobe website (mercury engine, CUDA, etc...). I do not want to spring for the Quadro series (quite spendy), and believe I am going to settle for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470. I understand some of its shortcomings such as running hot, power, etc., but believe it is the most cost effective for running the CS5 and is poised for future apps (correct me if I am wrong). Any guidance on this will be appreciated. I have spent several hours and weeks on this and am at a standstill. If you agree on the NVIDIA GTX 470, which should I buy? I like the MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 as it has good components and good cooling reviews, but I know Gigabyte, Palit, ASUA all have NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 products (just to name a few) and EVGA also has lifetime warranties. Which NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 should I buy?
The next is informational on my build thoughts for the rest of the components (not all inclusive) but only provided for info and comments if anything is obviously out of line....
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 (IntelX58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard).
Minimum needs: 2 PCI express 2.0 16 slots, 2 eSATA (I currently have multiple eSATA external storage drives), 2 USB 3.0 (for future), SATA 6 GB/S (for future - but is overkill in my opinion but buying just in case) and SATA RAID(0/1/5/10). Board looks good for next few years expansion. ASUS Rampage Extreme only has one eSATA so I could not use, and the GIGABYTE-UD3/7/9 all look good so I could use this, however, the MSI has the overclocking genie which makes overclocking easy for folks like me if needed. It was also rated very highly in many reviews. They also say the capacitors, etc are military grade,etc. - it is marketing lingo in my opinion, but it cannot hurt. Some posts say MSI is not as reliable as GIGABYTE and ASUS, but I will willing to take the risk.
12 GB DDR3 G.Skill
WD VelociRaptor OS drive, 10,000 RPM 600 GB
Storage Drives: 4X 1TB each SATA 3 7200 RPM something (TBD) (RAID 10)
BR burner (TBD)
Case (TBD) most likely Lian Li PC-A77 but not sure
PSU - 850 Watt
CPU cooler TBD
Monitor 2X of Dell 24" S2409W (recommended by both consumer reports and CNET)
Help please with the two items above (CPU and video card). After I select these components, I move onto confirming the case, power supply, etc.... All comments, questions, constructive feedback appreciated.