5 Replies Latest reply on May 22, 2011 7:26 PM by RjL190365

    New Build Review for HD Video Editing


      Please take a look at the configuration below and let me know what you think. Max budget ~$4500.  I've been holding off on this purchase until the Z68s became available.


      I am particularly interested in the best way to set up the SSDs and HDDs. Based on several months of reading hard drive configuration advice in the forums, I've settled on this setup (but I'm still unsure):


      1x 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III SSD for OS and Apps (C)

      1x 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SATA III SSD for projects, scratch, and pagefile (D)

      4x 1.5TB WD Caviar Black HDD RAID for storage (E) - using a SATA III 6.0Gb RAID card (LSI or Adaptec?)


      Primary system purpose is HD Video editing (AVHCD).


      Draft component list:


      1x Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window $279.99

      Item #:N82E16811139001


      1x CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W Power Supply $279.99

      Item #:N82E16817139014


      1x Asus P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.00

      Item #: N82E16813131730


      1x Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $314.99

      Item #:N82E16819115070

      1x CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $69.99
      Item #:N82E16835181015


      2x Kingston HyperX T1 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $199.98

      Item #:N82E16820104242


      1x ASUS GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 Video Card $499.99

      Item #:N82E16814121429


      2x OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $1,119.98

      Item #: N82E16820227707

      1x LSI MegaRAID Internal SAS 9265-8i 6Gb/s Dual Core ROC w/ 1GB cache memory $639.99

      Item #:N82E16816118159


      4x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" HDD $479.96

      Item #: N82E16822136793


      1x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit 1-Pack $139.99

      Item #:N82E16832116992


      1x SONY Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BD-5300S-0B $99.99

      Item #:N82E16827118050


      Grand Total: $4,333.84

        • 1. Re: New Build Review for HD Video Editing
          RjL190365 Level 5

          IMHO, that is way too much for a system that's built around a very mainstream CPU platform. A budget that high actually calls for at least a hexa-core i7-9##X Extreme or dual-Xeon build with an X58 or a workstation motherboard. I would personally spend no more than $1,800 or so for any current LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge build at this time.


          Also, I would not recommend an SSD yet as the media/project or the cache/output drive due to their relatively slow internal write speeds compared to even conventional hard drives. And I would recommend an SSD only for the OS drive - and then, if you're going to be running other programs that benefit from quicker random access speeds.


          Simply put, your proposed build is a complete waste of money at that high of a price point.

          • 2. Re: New Build Review for HD Video Editing
            Harm Millaard Level 7

            Couldn't agree more, Randall. Well stated.

            • 3. Re: New Build Review for HD Video Editing
              RjL190365 Level 5

              And don't get me wrong: The i7-2600K is a pretty potent CPU, especially when overclocked. It's just that the rest of the platform (this counts only the CPU and motherboard) that limits future expansion/performance potential. Current GPUs and most current RAID controllers do not take full advantage of the Sandy Bridge platform, let alone the Gulftown/X58 platform. However, future RAID controllers and future GPUs could bring the mainstream Sandy Bridge platform down to its knees.


              Your proposed build, however, is just like adding extra and unnecessary fat or sugar to the diet.

              • 4. Re: New Build Review for HD Video Editing
                kmtest Level 1



                Thanks for the quick response.  Where would you cut back from my proposed system ...or... how would you build a video editing machine around a Sandy Bridge MB using parts available now (Z68, etc.) ?  ~$2000 budget or what you think is reasonable based on max bang for buck.


                Thanks again-

                • 5. Re: New Build Review for HD Video Editing
                  RjL190365 Level 5

                  First off, skip the two 240GB SSDs: They are way too expensive, especially for the performance/capacity/price ratio. Instead, get a single 320GB Samsung F4 HD322GJ hard drive or a 1TB Samsung F3 HD103SJ or Western Digital Black SATA 6.0 Gbps WD1002FAEX hard drive for use as the system's OS/programs drive.


                  Second, you don't need a discrete PCI-e RAID card unless you're going to put in eight or more hard drives in one RAID array. But since your storage drives will consist of only four 1.5TB hard drives (as planned), the RAID card is unnecessary in this build. And configure the four 1.5TB hard drives as two RAID 0 arrays (with two drives per RAIDed pair) on the onboard Intel Z68 PCH SATA RAID controller.


                  Third, since the build, even with a full load, does not draw anywhere near 1200W from the PSU, you can step down to an 850W PSU such as the Corsair HX850 or AX850 or TX850v2.


                  Fourth, you can save an additional $100 or so by going with a Cooler Master HAF 932 (new "Advanced" version with front USB 3.0 ports) instead of the Corsair Obdisan 800D. (I recommended this only because all of the decent cases with front USB 3.0 ports are on the expensive side.)


                  Fifth, although the GTX 580 is fast, its BFTB (bang-for-the-buck) is poorer than GeForce GTX 5xx-series cards that sell for $200 to $300 less. Indeed, you can achieve nearly the same level of performance by switching to a GTX 560 card from the same brand, which costs $300 less than your originally planned card. Just make sure that you do the cuda_supported_cards.txt edit (adding the line "GeForce GTX 560" to the file) in order to enable the MPE GPU accelerated mode in CS5.x.


                  With all of those substitutions (including the Samsung F4 320GB hard drive and the Corsair TX 850 v2 PSU), your build totals a much more reasonable $2,046.35 plus shipping (and tax if you're ordering from selected states). In fact, you can switch your storage/media (non-OS) hard drive selection to four 2TB Hitachi DeskStar 7K3000 series drives (instead of the four 1.5TB WD Blacks) and upgrade the card from the GTX 560 to a GTX 570 and still end up with a system that costs only about $2,200.00. (If you choose the GTX 570, no text edit is required if you're going to run Premiere Pro CS5.5.)