Originally Posted by Videoguy68
Management (wife) gave me authority to get a new computer primarily for video editing, the majority of which will be 3D.
I have a TD10 and am editing with Premiere Pro 5.0 (with a planned upgrade to 5.5), PD10 and SVP 11
I want to stay ahead of the game for a few years and am OK with spending a few extra $$$ for cutting edge components.
From my research these are the prime components I am looking at:
Intel i7 3960x 3.3 GH or
Intel i7 3960x 4.5 GH (water cooled)
EVGA X79 Classified (the name, not status!) MOBO
16G DDR3 @1600 GH Ram
EVGA GeForce GTX 590 video card
3 Hard Drives (all NON Raid) for System, Video, Export
Windows 7 64 Bit Pro Version
1000 or 1200 W Power Supply
Dual layer Blu Ray burner
I do not plan to use the new computer for gaming!
Am I setting my sights too high or will this system keep me ahead of any new tehnology for the next few years?
Intel plans to implement their Thunderbolt technology next year (maybe). From what I have read, Thunderbolt capable drives will probably be expensive and IMO, not worth waiting for.
I know some of you have recently bought new systems and James sounds like a computer building guru.
Any comments / suggestions would be gratefully read with interest.
Hey Marty, I wasn't going to reply because I "promised" my wife I wouldn't build another machine this Christmas... Hmm, maybe I should buy her a ring first.
I'm not a video guy but learning that part, bought the tandy 1000 when it came out and been building from scratch over the past couple years, and for me the building part, which can take a month doing the research keeps my mind busy. And play some vid games.
Good comments above, can't keep up. Built a box 1.5 years ago with a 980x and 3Xgtx 480's, then the 580's came out and built a 990X. I'm pondering which nephew is going to get my 980 now.
Anyway, it's budget driven of course but ya, 3930K is fast enough, especially if you put a Corsair watercooler on it. Yes, I would overclock.
I'm going to preface all of what I say below is that I have not done thorough research on X79 and my comments are based X58 boards/975X, 980X, 990X practical experience.
MB- After building 2 boxes with Asus, I built one with an EVGA X58 SLI3. I ended up giving that away and have built 3 more with Asus. The last two have been Rampage III Extreme's due to VERY easy overclocking. My EVGA OC was all manual and it drove me nuts. Yes, do the OC in the bios, but the ASUS Rampage does it for you in the bios, instead of software OC.
I see the EVGA X59 is still using Marvel controllers for Sata 3. I wouldn't go there. Just looked at the EVGA MB forum and they're still dinking with Marvel drivers.
I see the new Rampage IV Extreme is now using ASMedia for the Sata 3, worth looking at. Go to the ASUS forum for that board and ask a couple questions. Looking at the MB forums before you buy the components for your board will save you lots of boxes of tissue wiping tears! Me, I'm start to drool over the Asus now.
RAM - you're about right, but ask the experts in the MB forums and read the MB manual. No need for super high speed memory, the higher you OC your processor, the slower you want your RAM, in general.
EVGA Vid card, excellent choice of brand. I don't know about single 580 or dual 590 difference. Since I use the machines for different purposes, including 3 monitor surround (single display), I had to go 3 x 580's. There have been issues with people trying to go surround with 2 X 590's and scaling. I say excellent regarding EVGA is due to warrantee and step up option. Step up is after you buy your card and you want a better one, you can trade it in within 90days (or so).
HD's - lots of options. I have an SSD for the OS, and an SSD to burn/render vid to. Then I have 1 drive for import and 1 drive for export (move desired vids from ssd to export drive). Now with that setup there is a problem, no redundancy. (I have servers to solve that) Therefore, recommend, SSD for OS, SSD for temp/burn/render, 2 drives for RAID 1 import, and 2 drives for RAID 1 export. Raid with the MB Intel or ASMedia, I don't recommend Raid with Marvel or Windows Software "Mirror".
Win 7-64 bit Pro , no need for Ultimate.
Look at Corsair for Power. Personally, I use SilverStone 1500W and know I'll never have to replace it. Just get lots of power so you can add something like a big card later and not worry about having to rip apart your box to put in a power supply. Always do your research and look at the db on the noise.
A cool place to look to make your own box is "mountain mods".
If you want a quiet box, look at Noctua fans.
Hope this helps a bit, no expert, but some more stuff to think about.