Your issue is not so much with the choice of SATA3 or SATA6, since that has not yet shown a discernable difference, but with your CPU. A Core2Duo is not enough for AVCHD editing, at least not comfortably.
With today's prices, I would rather invest in good SATA disks AND a good CPU (i7-980X) AND sufficient memory (24 G) rather than go for what basically amounts to SCSI drives (10 or 15K).
The GTX 285 has been retired some time ago. You now can choose from the GTX 460/470 or 480.
IMO your first priority should be the upgrading of the mobo (X58) and mobo/memory, and after that the raid.
Harm, I knew you were out there! Thanks for the reply.
I wrote this posting fast and maybe not very clear. Here is what I am about to purchase this week:
Asus Rampage III Formula
Then I'll overclock that CPU and memory when I build it.
My question really resides around the disk. I wonder if the onboard SATA RAID would suffice (from the Asus...ICH10R) or should I be throwing down the extra money for this craigslist offer on the 4 SAS drives spinning at 10K in a RAID 5. I can get it for $800, is that a good deal or should I be buying a new Areca card and just using SATA disks that are much cheaper?
If the deal includes the disks as well for $ 800, I would go for it if the number of hours of operation is limited.
On-board raid5 is very mediocre at best, but then an Areca card is very expensive. Without knowing more about your specific work-flow (source material, destination material, kind of editing) I find it very hard to give a straight-forward answer. Maybe you can fill me in.
Thanks again for your time! I appreciate it.
I am new to the video editing world but want to jump into making some videos within PPro CS5 by editing my AVCHD video from my Canon HF100. Mostly hunting videos and small productions such as short films or episodes for those hunting adventures and family vacations/sporting events. I don't plan to use PP to it's utmost ability right out of the gates but I want to make sure this workstation is going to be able to apply some advanced editing as my skills increase with the tools. Not sure if that gives you enough to assist but I think you ge the point. Newbie with hopes to be doing some cool stuff over the next year or so!
Here is what I was thinking for my new setup. Please break it down and give your opinion/criticism as you see fit:
Device Description Price CPU Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor 230.00 Case Cooler Master RC-942-KKN1 HAF X ATX Full Tower 180.00 CPU Cooler Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler 78.24 Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850-Watt HX Professional Series 180.00 Mobo ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 290.00 Memory 12GB or 24GB Triple Channel - Make TBD? 180? OS drive Maybe the 300GB Velociraptor or a SSD - TBD? 150? Data/Scratch 4*300GB SAS 10K on a HP Smart Array P410 in RAID5 800.00 Video
Unknown but I have some I'll do SLI in for now....TBD for final card(s)
Anyone have an opinion on the DDR3 Triple and OS drive by chance? I'm sure someone does. I'm "all ears"!
The liquid cooling is not necessary, unless QUIET is spelled with capitals.
Memory has a significant impact on performance. If it fits in your budget I would go for 6 x 4 GB, else start with 3 x 4 GB with the intention to add 3 x 4 GB at a later date.
Since your initial demands are not extremly high, I offer this alternative for OS & programs: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320 G for € 30.
Video: GTX 460 or 470, but keep in mind that SLI is not supported. Preference for the 460 or wait a bit for the 580, which is even quieter and in light of your liquid cooling option, may be better for a quiet system.
I will get the Sinpoint instead of the SSD and maybe do a mirror on the two drives.
One qustion on the memory though. When I look at the QVL for my Asus Rampage III Formula it only lists 2GB sticks as supported setup. I will start another post on who has had some experience with this mobo.
Thanks for your help. I will post my results when I get this workstation built.
Unfortunately Asus hides behind a veil of smoke with regards to the QVL. They say it is up to the memory manufacturer to test their memory, and probably the memory manufacturer will tell you the opposite, it is up to Asus to test their memory...(sigh...) and even then I have not seen objective tests for qualification either way.
One thing that should help you is by looking at the brands that are on the QVL. Likely other models from the same manufacturer will also work. This is no guarantee, but an indication that company X or Y has made sure their memory is largely compatible.