6 Replies Latest reply on Jan 14, 2011 10:39 AM by Scott Chichelli

    My New Editing Rig -- Any Last Minute Changes?

    Adamousman Level 1

      Hi everyone,

       

      I'm a proud owner of Premiere CS4, looking to upgrade to CS5, but first I'd like to get a new rig that will run it the way it's supposed to.

       

      The following is what I have picked out to build for me:

       

      Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
      Processor: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Quad Core)
      Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X58 (Intel X58 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
      System Memory: 12GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
      Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
      Expansion Bay: External USB Digital Media Card Reader
      Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (150GB Western Digital VelociRaptor (10K RPM) (16MB Cache)
      Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (Model: Black Edition WD1002FAEX)
      Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (Model: Black Edition WD1002FAEX)
      Optical Drive 1: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Player (Play Blu-Ray and Play DVDs)
      Internet Access: Wireless-PCI N 300Mbps (Supports 802.11n/g/b)
      Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
      Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
      Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Corsair A70 Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler
      H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
      Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
      Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
      Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
      Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)

       

       

      My main concerns are as follows:

       

      1.  Should I opt for the (2) 500 GB drives in a RAID 0 for my boot drive, or stick with the velociraptor?

      2.  Will 12gb be enough to effectively edit big projects in Premiere? (I'm not too concerned about After Effects)

      3.  I don't see myself going above 16gb of ram any time soon... do I need to splurge on Windows 7 Professional?

      4. Are the two extra 1 TB WD Caviars the right extra drives to get?

       

      Thank you!

        • 1. Re: My New Editing Rig -- Any Last Minute Changes?
          Scott Chichelli Level 3

          1) never raid the OS

          2) 12gig is minimum

          3) yes and the jump from 12gig is 24 nothing less..

          4) yes you ideally want 2 sets raid 0

           

          before you buy from a gaming company have you looked at any pro video companies who can actually support Adobe?

           

           

          now with all that said the sandy Bridge 2600k is a better choice

           

          Scott

          ADK

          • 2. Re: My New Editing Rig -- Any Last Minute Changes?
            Harm Millaard Level 7

            1. No. Velociraptor is better.

            2. For the time being, yes. But get 3 x 4 GB sticks, so you can expand later if you want.

            3. Get the Pro version. It is either 12 or 24 GB memory and Home Premium does not support 24 GB.

            4. Good choice.

             

            Now with all that said, this is a better choice than the Sandy Bridge 2600K.

            • 3. Re: My New Editing Rig -- Any Last Minute Changes?
              Adamousman Level 1

              One of the Adobe techs on here keeps saying that the current sandy bridges are not the way to go due purely to editing benchmarks.

               

              Would you recommend an SSD over the Velociraptor (keeping in mind the price hike would delay my purchase and I am trying to keep the cost from going any higher)?

              • 4. Re: My New Editing Rig -- Any Last Minute Changes?
                Harm Millaard Level 7

                SSD's are only noticeably more expensive, not noticeably faster. After Q2 this may change with the new OCZ Vertex 3 line with very much improved performance and pricing.

                 

                The current crop of Sandy Bridge has an expected life span of around one year, as do the current i7-9xx CPU's. By the end of this year the Sandy Bridge hype will have died and everybody wants to get on the octo-core bandwagon, Sandy Bridge E, with decent mobo's based on the X68 chipset.

                 

                Imagine eight cores with HT looking like 16 cores, 40 PCI-e 3.0 lanes, quad channel memory, 8 DIMM slots, that will blow away any existing system, most of all the hyped current Sandy Bridge. No longer limited to only 16 GB memory, but 32 GB, use of modern PCI-e 3.0 raid controllers, etc.

                • 5. Re: My New Editing Rig -- Any Last Minute Changes?
                  Scott Chichelli Level 3

                  the adobe tech has lost his mind... as has some other people...

                   

                  its beating even the 980x and kills the 950 at stock speed

                   

                  did you look at the ppm benchmarks?

                   

                   

                  here is ours

                   

                  Premiere Pro CS5 Version 5.0.3 Testing

                  I7 2600 3.4GHZ Turbo to 3.9GHz

                  8GB Blackline 1600 CL 9

                  460GTX

                  4 WD 1Tb Sata 64 Meg Cache 600 Drives in 2 Raid 0 arrays

                  Video material - AVCHD 1080P 24 Frame Each Cut to 30 minutes of material

                  Export Codec - H264 HDTV 1080P 24 Preset Default

                  4 Effects per Layer - Fast Color Corrector, Brightness & Contrast, Video Limiter, Sharpen

                  Each Layer Scaled to 50% for 4 frame PinP view.

                  3 Layer - 37:35

                  4 Layer - 40:49

                   

                   

                  I7 950 at 3.68GHz  <-- overclocked and still cant win

                  12GB Blackline 1600 CL 8

                  470GTX

                  4 WD 1Tb Sata 64 Meg Cache 600 Drives in 2 Raid 0 arrays

                  3 Layers - 40:21

                  4 Layers - 45:37

                   

                   

                  I7 2600K 3.4GHZ Turbo to 4.7GHz

                  16GB Blackline 1600 CL 9

                  470GTX

                  3 Layer - 31:35

                  4 Layer - 34:35

                   

                  I7 980X 4GHZ

                  12GB Blackline 1600 CL 9

                  570GTX

                  3 Layer - 32:30

                  4 Layer - 35:25

                   

                   

                   

                  • 6. Re: My New Editing Rig -- Any Last Minute Changes?
                    Scott Chichelli Level 3

                    until then the current SAndy bridge is the best buy and best performing

                     

                    Scott