I'm new to the list and wanted to introduce myself. I run a web and media production firm in Toronto, Canada, and am in the process of building out a couple of custom workstations for video (PP CS5) and audio production (Cubase 6). Let me first say that this forum has been a fantastic source of solid information - what a great community.
That said, I would really appreciate feedback on the following proposed build:
- Solid, stable and reasonably OC'd NLE/DAW
- Quiet enough for audio editing but cool enough for stable OC and overall longevity
- Facilitate transition to tapeless workflow (just loving our new JVC HM100's)
- Approximately 3-4 year lifecycle
- Get the damn editor off my back
- CPU: With the price drop in early 2011, the i7-960 seems to have taken the price/performance sweet spot away from the 950.
- Mobo: The Sabertooth X58 seems to be a rugged and proven performer for what I hope will be a couple of long service workhorses.
- HDD: The obvious weakness with this rig is I/O. We're building up two systems and I need to keep the cost to around $3k each, which doesn't leave enough in the budget for an Areca controller. The plan is to start with the two Samsung SATAII drives in a RAID1 array for OS and apps. One of the WD SATA3 drives will be dedicated to page/scratch, and the other to project/media. The RAID1 array will provide failover protection for the OS volume and the two 6Gb/s drives should provide sufficient speed for AVCHD editing if they aren't allowed to fill. I'm very open to advice on alternative configurations.
- The HAF X seems to be a front runner and would likely provide reasonable shelter in an earthquake. (Couldn't bring myself to go for the nVidia edition: that green trim is just too damned ugly for our designer. Is there really any significant advantage to going with this edition or is it just a marketing play?)
- The PS and CPU cooler seem to be proven performers, but I'm open to other suggestions. It's very difficult to find objective comparisons with the number and variety of options on the market.
- Areca controller and more 2TB SATA3 WD Caviar Black HDDs to build out a RAID 10 array (a la Harm)
- Dedicated UPS for each system (recommendations welcome)
- Project backup over iSCSI to 10TB+ RAID5 NAS (again, recommendations welcome)
Thanks, again, to everyone who provides such fantastic advice and analysis in this forum. I really appreciate any feedback and promise to share my observations once these systems are built, tested and burned in.