So I recently built a gaming computer for myself and my family saw it they wanted me to build them one. They own a rather successful photography and videography studio and would need a computer specifically designed for Photoshop, Premiere and other various smaller Adobe products (Lightroom, Encore, etc). Mainly Photoshop and Premiere though. This computer would not be used for personal use at all, just business. I have heard these programs are very CPU intensive so I was looking into higher quality processors. Then so they don't need to worry about overheating ever, I thought about a small water cooler. They record in 1080i HD. They won't be doing any 3D models or anything so I figured a middle of the road graphics card would suffice. When running it on my gamer, Premiere runs pretty slow, especially in HD. I looked at the specs and it used a lot of my Ram, I then decided it probably could use more than I had. (Update: Asked them why and they said it was my CPU and GPU trying to catch up and I needed to render.) Also, tell me if this is good or bad. I have my OS on the SSD to run fast but the programs I am concerned about running fast are the Adobe ones so I figured I could install OS on the Hard Drive and the Adobe ones on the SSD. What do you think? Then there is the case. They need an easy to access, easy to add, good case. Want to stay under 100. The R4 was on sale but I am thinking the door would get in the way a little. Anyone know of any big, easy and functional cases? Preferably not flashy but the main concern is functionality.Then the board. I love Asus and especially their reliability will be awesome. But the ones with the more features and plugs got a little expensive. Any good cheaper ones? Maybe like an M5a97? They want USB 3.0 and plenty of USB. FIrewire if possible for their older units but not necessary. They asked me to build a low maintenance, fast computer for video editing on Premiere (They have another for Photoshop but it would be used on this one as well). They would probably want to stay around 1000.
I tried to provide as much info as possible in hopes this build can be optimized for them. I want them to get good use out of this computer and don't want them to be disappointed in work I do for them. Any advise would be much appreciated! Thanks!
At work, our system uses faster 2133Mhz memory that is clocked at 1866Mhz. That faster memory stops a bottleneck, especially for re-encoding. We also have TWO SSD's on the inside and an additional mechanical hard drive. The first SSD is for the OS and software. The mechanical hard drive is solely for cheap storage. The last SSD is used as the "work" partition. We use AMD for our workstation graphics because a few plugins are OpenCL and not CUDA accelerated. Lastly, we use the 3970k because it has an additional 2 cores but some of the work done on that terminal is 4K video. It would more than likely be overkill for simple 1080i stuff.
I would just consider a minor step up in memory and perhaps an additional "work" SSD. Everything else looks great.