If you are on a budget, consider a Samsung F4 320 GB OS disk instead of the SSD and from all you saved, get one or two additional Caviar Blacks.
Forget about a Drobo for anything than slow backups. Drobo is just way too slow for editing. Also forget about liquid cooling, unless you overclock beyond 4+ GHz. It will save you extra $$. Make sure that you get 3 x 4 GB sticks, not 6 x 2 GB sticks.
As an alternative to the WD CB, you can also look at the Samsung F3's. Less expensive and equally fast, and better suited for raid configurations in the future.
First would like to say that ive been hooked on the good reads in this forum....HUGE PROPS to all.....thought I would reply to this thread rather than starting new one......limited budget to run cs5 suite...I think i have system nailed down except need some INPUT ON RAM.......AND CASE.....
ANY AND ALL FEEDBACK IS MUCH APPRECIATED.........
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX
hard drives – 1-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
G.Skill Ripjaws are very good, but get 3 x 4 GB sticks, not only two. Better 3 x 4 than 6 x 2.
Case is a very personal choice. Some want a no-nonsense case, no LED circus, no pimped form, while other want unusual colors, many LED lights, etc., a completely pimped showcase.
Requirements for a case is first of all space. The bigger the better, especially with the long FERMI cards. Second is build quality and Lian Li is hard to beat in that respect, but usually not for low budget builds. Third is cooling capability, airflow and here again the bigger the case the better the airflow can be. Finally the front connectors offered, like eSATA, USB, FW and audio and cable management features. Looks will then decide which case to get from the short list that resulted from the earlier requirements.
Brands/models you can consider is CoolerMaster HAF, Antec and above all, including price, space, build, etc., Lian Li.
I have a Lian Li case that currently houses 2 BR burners and 17 3.25" HDD with room for 2 more HDD's.
thanks for taking the time to reply Harm......i would eventually like to go with the 4 drive set up.....
C: just OS & Programs
D: just pagefile, media cache and previews
E: for just project save files, indexed and conformed/peak files
F: for just original media
with mabye a fifth external for backups, after that then finally get a raid going........but two will have to do now.......
so what I have down should essentially meet requirementts for the cs5 suite correct? one more quick question.....in the specs for the software it mentions:
7200 RPM hard drive for editing compressed video formats; RAID 0 for uncompressed
since raid will not be a option for some time until optimal number of hard drives are purchased and installed....will system be ok since requirement isnt met?
HDV, AVCHD, P2, etc. are all compressed formats. Uncompressed is only available with ingest over HD-SDI.
Be careful with Adobe's Req's for uncompressed. The 2 drive raid zero is only good enough for SD or maybe 720P30 if you have 10K raptors or better. If you require 1080 Uncompressed or better then you need a 3 drive raid 0 minimum and that will barely get you 1 stream. When dealing with uncompressed it's better to look at a large raid 5 array rather than a smaller raid 0.