RAM, don't spend any money on that. 4 GB is all CS4 can use because it is 32 bit.
GPU, don't spend any money on that either, since even a $ 50 card will perform equally well as a $ 2000 card. There is no MPE with CS4.
Disks, Export means the final delivery file, either for the web or for BD or DVD. For the rest of your disk setup:
2. Instead of a single 1 TB drive, 2 x 500 GB in (r)aid0 is definitely faster, but also more expensive.
3. Any 7200 RPM will do. Popular choices are WD Caviar Black, Samsung F3, Hitachi 7K3000 and Seagate Barracuda XT.
4. That makes a lot of sense.
Look at the FAQ hardware articles under the Overview tab at the top of the page for more information.
thank you for replying.
Ok things are a bit clearer now. I will setup the disks refering to your Guidelines for Disk Usage.
1. OS + Programms
2. Preview, Media Cache, Exports
3. Media (footage), Project Files
would a raid0 with the internal controller be a good idea? The CPU is already the bottleneck. would a raid system bring an advantage in this case?
which of the disks should be the raid0 No. 2. or 3.?
I read 2. should be the fastest, but I also read that 3. could have problems with streaming when working with multiple tracks,
this is why I mentioned those streaming-disks before.
Disk 4. for final. It makes sense of course but will it help speeding the system up?
The question of the disks gets even more difficult since the prices for hdd´s are rising dramatically because of the flood in Thailand.
Another question I have:
I will get the PC ready the next days, but the camera will be on a diffrent location, is there any source in the internet where I can get larger AVCHD raw footage files to test the system?