I am new to the forum and after reading some topics here i decided to ask you for some help.
I am thinking of upgrading my AMD PC for video editing. It is a PC which was built for gaming, but lately I have decided to rather invest my free time to learning video editing in Premiere and some basic compositioning in After Effects. As my budget is not high, being a student, I'm asking you if you can share some basic tips on how to get the most out of this configuration, and some upgrades that i should consider. I am working mainly with files that are shot Panasonic TM700, so the codec that I am working with is AVCHD (i know about the stress it puts on the processor).
My curent configuration is:
|CPU||I know it's not the fastest of processors, but maybe I could overclock it a bit?|
|GPU||PowerColor ATI Radeon HD5770||Not really an expert here, so maybe share your thoughts? (does hybrid crossfire have any effect on the performance?)|
|Motherboard||Asus M4A88T-M/USB3||Nothing special, does allow me overclocking of the processor and setting up RAID for the hard disks.|
|RAM||8GB (4x2GB) OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)||I have all the slots on the mobo ful, so upgrading memory is not an option at the moment.|
|Hard drive||WD Caviar Green 1.0TB||This is the biggest problem. I know i have to get seperate disks for OS/Programs and maybe 2TB of disks in a RAID0 for video files. Any suggestions?|
|PSU||LC POWER 600W LC6600||Enough power for now, but what about after i put some more disks in?|
|Case||Antec Two Hundred||The case in good enough for an average setup, I am only thinking of putting 2 120mm fans in front of the disks.|
|Optical drive||Sony Optiarc DVD-RW|
|Monitor||Again, nothing special. I am only thinking of adding another one to extend workplace.|
|OS||Windows 7 Professional 64bit||Probably needs some optimizing.|
So to sum it up.
- I know I have to do something with the storage. I was thinking of buying an SSD disk (64 or 128GB) for OS and Programs, 2 WD Black 7200rpm in RAID0 for video files, and use the disk i have right now for pagefile, output files, ect.
- Do I have enough power after puting extra disks in the sistem?
- I know I have to invest in a cooler for the processor if i think about overclocking.
- The memory shouldn't be a problem as 8GB is enough. Or am I wrong?
- Your thoughts about the GPU; does Hybrid Crossfire make any difference at all?
- I also know I have to optimize Windows. Any tips?
I know that AMD are not really the best thing for editing and i would have better performance with an Intel i7 based system, but I bought this system 1 year ago and am still a student so at the moment a huge investment is not an option. Keep in mind that I plan on usting this system as a spare time video editor, not as a professional. I still have a lot to learn about editing in general, so as I evolve in the profession, so will the system
I appreciate all your feedback.