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If those I/O cards require a PCI-e x4 slot, you'd have to settle for having the primary PCI-e x16 slot drop to x8 mode. And the motherboard that you selected uses a gimped version of the Z68 chipset, which disables both the integrated graphics and Lucid Virtu support, thus requiring a discrete graphics card just to even work at all. (Remember, not all Z68 motherboards have video-out ports - and that Gigabyte is one of those that actually disable the integrated graphics and thus completely omit all of the monitor-out and video-out ports that a normal Z68 motherboard has.)
In addition, the motherboard that you selected has no eSATA ports at all. However, you might be able to use a SATA-to-eSATA backplate.
1. Why the liquid cooling, why not a Noctua/CoolerMaster or Prolimatech CPU cooler?
2. Dump the SSD. All it does is empty your wallet. It does not give you a better editing perfomance than a € 32 Samsung 320 GB F4.
3. If you think you need the 580, then get the 3 GB model, but for most the 560 or 570 is enough.
4. Upgrade the PSU to a gold label and consider 850 W instead of 750.
5. Add some internal disks. G-Raid is great for backups, but limited for online usage.
If you are serious about BM, Aja or Matrox, consider a X58 platform with more PCIe lanes. Z68 is too limited with only 20 lanes.
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i agree with everything Harm said other than
the Z68 is completely fine with a decklink or Aja.
we have tested it, proved it beyond a doubt even with a raid card
Ok, I hear you on the PCI-e slot, hadn't considered that. I am unfarmiliar with the "gimped Z68 chipset." Is there a better mobo that you would recomend? Preferably one with some eSATA ports.
1. It was a recomendation from another builder. I leaned towards the Cooler Master myself.
2. I'm getting a deal on my intel cpu and an intel ssd. So I think'll I'll stick with it for the system drive.
3. Ok, switched to a 570, saved me $200 bucks to boot:
4. Done and done.
5. Done and Done. I ahve some hard drives from my current computer, but you are right, some internal project drives would be nice. I added 2 1tb Samsungs.
Would you recomend the Kona LHi or the Decklink Studio? Decklink is a lot cheaper, which is nice. Also, you didn't mention Matrox, will that not work with this system? I was leaning that way because Matrox seems to really push all of the realtime effects you can do with their cards, whereas BM and Aja barely mention it. IO and compression are great, but more RT was really what I was after.
Decklink would be my first choice, Matrox has drive issues/bugs with
certain workflows. Aja offers some minor reasons to choose them
i sell far more Decklink than Aja or Matrox. (like 10 to 1 Matrox and 50 to 1 Aja)
What I meant by the "gimped Z68 chipset" is that the integrated video capabilities of the chipset have been disabled by the board manufacturer and the requisite video outs completely omitted from the board. As a result, the implementation of the Z68 chipset as used on that Gigabyte motherboard ends up being not much more than a P67 chipset with SSD caching tacked on.
I did a little research, and I think I understand what you are saying now. I found an Asus board that I think solves all of the issues you brought up...
What do you think? Is this one a winner?