I'm jumping into independent HD DSLR filmaking, and I want to make sure I have the right computer setup before pulling the trigger on either the CS5 Production Premium or Master Suites. The only reason I'm considering the Master is my wife does some print and web design stuff, and she really could use the extra programs. I'm also still deciding between the Canon 60D or Panasonic GH2 cameras. Probably going with the GH2, though.
So I've modified my HP P6210Y (don't laugh) a bit over the past year, trying to get away with meeting CS5 requirements for cheap. Yet the more I research (especially after finding this forum), the more I think I might need to spend a lot more to build a PC from the ground up.
Yes, I'm on a budget, so I could use advice on the best course of action. Can I continue upgrading my PC, or would it be best to take some of the upgraded parts I bought and slap them into a new build? Here's what I currently have:
OS: Windows 7 x64 Pro - upgraded from 7 x64 Home
Mobo: Pegatron M2N78-LA (Violet)
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620
Memory: 8GB (4 x 2GB) PC2-6400 DDR2 - upgraded from 6GB
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) - upgraded from integrated GeForce 9100
HD: WD Caviar Blue 640GB 7200 - I also have a Caviar Black WD1501FASS (1.5TB 7200 64gb cache) drive I've held off on installing
PSU: OCZ ModStream Pro 700w ATX 12V V2.2 - upgraded from stock 300W
Case: Mid-size ATX, with only 2 HD bays -- the GTX 470 barely fits, btw!
I had researched upgrading the CPU, but it seems I won't gain anything doing so. I'd also been debating spending $400 to replace the RAM with 4 x 4GB. But I don't want to spend that kind of money if the whole setup is gonna suck once I buy and install the CS5.
My other thought was to pull out the GTX 470, the 700W PSU, and the uninstalled 1.5TB WD, and use them on a new 3 Hard Drive i7 build (targeting "around" a $1500 spend). An example (not including a $70 bundle discount for the last three items):
My foray into filmmaking is getting really pricey, and of course, I'd rather not spend the extra dough on a new build. Your thoughts, advice and suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!