6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2012 8:25 AM by John T Smith

    Dell Aurora?

      Processor Intel® Core™ i7-3820 processor (Quad Core, 10MB Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1GHz)
      Operating SystemGenuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
      Memory38GB4 Q DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
      Hard Drive 1TB SATA 6Gb/s (7,200RPM) 32MB Cache
      Video Card1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 555
      Optical Drive Single Drive: 24X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability


      Dell Aurora (1500$)


      This is a good PC for a beginner with CS5?


      Avchd lite.



        • 1. Re: Dell Aurora?
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          16 Gig ram is better

          At least one more 7200 rpm hard drive


          Added... buy ready made for video editing



          My 3 hard drives are configured as...
          1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs
          2 - 320Gig data for Win7 paging swap file and video project files
          When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,
          so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folder and files
          3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (*)
          (*) for 4 drives, drive 3 all source files & drive 4 all output files
          Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows paging swap file
          Trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
          You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
          Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
          You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
          A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing
          You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything
          Partition = Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/957286
          I find that the three drives I use work very well for me, for editing AVCHD video... some people use a 4th drive, so video INPUT files are on drive three and all OUTPUT files are on drive four... I only bought a mid-tower case instead of a full tower case (my bad... but had to fit in the space available on my office desk!) so I use the three drives that will fit
          Depending on your exact hardware (motherboard brand & model AND USB2 enclosure brand & model AND external hard drive brand & model) AND the type of video file, you may... or may NOT... be able to use an external USB2 hard drive for SD (Standard Definition) video editing
          Steve Grisetti in the Premiere Elements forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856208 and Jim Simon in the Premiere Pro forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856433 use USB externals for editing
          A USB3 hard drive connected to a motherboard with USB3 is supposed to be fast enough for video editing (I don't have such, so don't know) but eSata DOES have a fast enough data transfer for video editing... I have not used the eSata Dock below... for reference only, YMMV and all the usual disclaimers
          http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/ref=cm_cmu_pg_ t

          • 2. Re: Dell Aurora?
            Harm Millaard Level 7

            Intel® Core™ i7-3820 processor (Quad Core, 10MB Cache, Overclocked up to 4.1GHz)


            Forget about Dell, since Dell can not be overclocked, due to their crippled BIOS. Same applies to HP, Alienware and some other brand names.


            OS, only use Win7 Professional, not Home.

            Memory, use 16 GB or more.

            Add at least two more HDD's.

            • 3. Re: Dell Aurora?
              Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

              John T Smith wrote:


              http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A 4HAFS/ref=cm_cmu_pg_t

              John,  I tested mine with HD Tune Pro and the read rate was excellent, write rate was a straight line al the way across.  I do not know why it could be my motherboard eSATA interface was bottlenecking the write speed (early Marvell chips or maybe they have better drivers than this old early X58 beast has installed), will have to do some more investigation (like hanging it on the Areca for comparison) .  In any case of course it would be an ideal setup for a media drive or perfect for archiving.  My new 2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 had an average read speed of only 141.7 MB/s!  Quite a beast.


              Harm, what are you doing up at this hour?

              • 4. Re: Dell Aurora?
                Harm Millaard Level 7

                Harm, what are you doing up at this hour?


                Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

                • 5. Re: Dell Aurora?
                  RjL190365 Level 5



                  The problem here is that the early Marvell eSATA chips and the Jmicron eSATA chips suck(ed) in terms of performance. The best performing chips for eSATA are, surprisingly, the SATA controller(s) that are integrated into the Intel core logic chipsets' ICH or PCH. Unfortunately, installing even a single eSATA port on such systems requires that one or more internal SATA ports be used up (one internal SATA port gets "converted" to eSATA use).

                  • 6. Re: Dell Aurora?
                    John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    >tested mine with HD Tune Pro


                    I don't have eSata, since I built my computer with 3 internal drives, so I only post the link to that external dock after reading other comments


                    Do you have a link to a better eSata dock that I can add to my notes?