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Did you have a look at the 'Budget' system here: Adobe Forums: What PC to build? An update...
It still is above budget, mainly because of the cost of disks. I would really stay away from any 5400 RPM disk and ONLY use 7200 RPM disks. SSD's have no benefit for editing and given your budget restraint do not look appealing. The faster CPU (2700) does not net you much and is easily overcome by overclocking. I admit I do not know whether Medion has the same policy as Dell and HP to cripple their BIOS and prevent you from overclocking, but I would definitely look at a DIY solution.
What if I transfer the OS and applications to a 7200rpm drive in hot swap rack and use the 5400 mainly for back up? Then use additional 7200rpm drives for footage, previews etc.? Anything that could get me over the line with the low budget!!The two previous Medion computers also had 5400rpm and were fine for HDV and cineform - just CS3 though!
Will look again at your budget recommendations though.
p.s. Medion actually suggest overclocking the 2700K one! http://www.medion.com/gb/electronics/prod/MEDION%C2%AE+ERAZER%C2%AE+X5336+D+%28MD8122%29/3 10015728;jsessionid=E55FA1D629D3C19C0B6CCD3E2F21AAC4.appserv27?category=erazer_33&recId=&w t_mc=gb.intern.m-shop.pro-pla.on-ma&wt_cc1=m-shop_topseller_erazer-1.667-rechts&wt_cc2=310 015728&wt_cw=30.2.8&utm_source=Internetseite-intern&utm_medium=Kachel&utm_content=erazer_1 .667-rechts&utm_campaign=Kategoriekachel-Hotspots&utm_term=310015728
Notice the Medion price is in £ and not in €. £ 929 is around € 1100 today.
If you have the 7200 disks, it is simple to exchange the 5400 for a 7200 version and add a 2-nd or even 3-rd 7200 disk, while using the 5400 for backup, downloads, etc. It has the added advantage that it will relieve you of the trial version of Office 10 and possible other crap that the system comes installed with.
Thanks again Harm. If you, or other experienced posters have the time, can I just clarify a few things:
- Are you suggesting I could get away with this set up if I swap out the 5400rpm drive for a 7200rpm drive?
- Would I get away leaving the 5400 drive in situ and using it the for the OS (and the applications?) and install two 7200 drives in the bays and a third via e-sata?
- How about using the 5400 drive for the os and installing Cs5.5. on one of the 7200 drives – or is that a really bad idea?
- The real problem is that I cannot build a machine myself (wouldn’t know where to start!), am running out of time and am looking for a pre-configured low budget system that will get me over the line (and be good enough for the mercury engine).I've looked up the custom build websites and the cost starts to spiral out of my range very quickly.
- Not ideal, bit I've read elsewhere that people do get by with 5400rpm drives temporarily, although obviously at a performance cost http://forums.adobe.com/message/3818231
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I have read of problems with installing Premiere on anything other than the Boot/OS drive... I personally would NEVER install on a different drive
You MIGHT be able to use a 5400rpm drive for OS & software... but, again, I would not do that
That's why I was considering option 1 above, which has an SSD boot drive - only 64gb though (which I presume would be tight for the OS and Production premium?!). Option 1 has less expandability as well, 1 hot swap drive bay and no e-sata.
While I've been using premiere for about 12 years, I only have a basic grasp of the hardware involved and am reluctant to start installing drives myself etc., hence wanting to go for a pre-built system.
>SSD boot drive - only 64gb
I have Win7 64bit Pro and CS5 Master Collection and MS Office Pro and many other small programs and all my non-video and non-picture files on my boot drive and I currently use 57Gig
I did tell Win to put my swap file on a my 2nd hard drive, along with all projects and pictures... video files are on my 3rd drive... you can get away with only a 2nd drive, giving up a bit of file moving speed
I do NOT know if Premiere uses much space on my boot drive for temp files
Thanks John and Harm. After some reflection I decided to get someone to build a PC for me with the specs recommended on other threads. After all my research, there are very few pre-built machines that are suitable and a lot of gaming machines have 5400rpm drives (and ridiculous flashy towers!). No point in starting on wrong foot.