Workstation for Photo/Video Editing

Dear All,

I need advice since I need to build a system that should be powerful enough to handle Photo (Camera RAW)/Video Editing. I only use Adobe products and I am purely windows guys. I had built my last system so I know few things about it.

My current requirment is as follows:

1) I need a system with 64bit Windows XP/Vista Ultimate working on it.
2) I will be putting 8GB of System RAM to get the most out of the system.
3) I am currently planning on using nVidia QUADRO grafix card (3700 - 512MB) or higher.
4) Need to have lots of disc storage so I am planning on having as many 1TB HDD in the system as I can have depending on the case.
5) I am quite inclined on using the X48 chipset for native FSB 1600 support along with RAID 0, 1, 5 support. Thinking of having a RAID 5 for some data protection. I am bending towards FSB 1600 since I will be using SATA drives as the highes capacity SAS drives are only 300GB only. SAS drives are also more expensive but will give me better throughput. Since SATA are max 7200 rpm I am thinking a native FSB 1600 will give me some benefit here.

Please provide you input as to what will be the best buck for the money with exact product/model numbers.

Here's what I am thinking:

ASUS P5E3 Premium/WiFi-AP @n
Core 2 Extreme QX9770 12MB L2 3.2 GHz 1600MHz
8GB RAM http://dlsvr.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socket775/P5E3_Premium/P5E3_Premium_WiFi-AP.zip shows the supported memory list. I am not sure what MHz DDR3 memory do I need?
Need help with finding the right case for this workstation

Your input will be highly appreciated.

Thanks.
-Amit
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  1. 64 bit OS not needed as most if not all windows adobe products are only 32bit. The Quadro card, is just a tweaked gaming card optimized for Open GL, go with a ATI 4870 for 150. Stay with DDR2.

    I would highly discourage any on board RAID solution. New hard drive are plenty fast. If you're set on doing it do it right with a 3rd part solution but understand that a good RAID cards aren't cheap $500+. The cheaper version all let the CPU handle the processing.
  2. Thanks @ByDesign,

    The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 is 64Bit compatible. The Adobe After Effects uses Open GL to render quick previews. Adobe is planning on release 64Bit versions of other applications but it may be the next release.

    Which is a good external RAID card that will work for my situation?

    Will DDR2 work with X48 chipset on the above motherboard. Also if I am using a native FSB1600 chipset like the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 12MB L2 3.2 GHz 1600MHz and still I won't see any negative impact on the system?

    Thanks for your input.

    -Amit
  3. Dear All,

    While doing some further research, I found this article

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-2-extreme-qx9770,1727-3.html

    Quote:
    The technical specifications are slightly different than those of the X38. Here are the highlights:

    -The highest supported front side bus has been raised to 400 MHz (1600QDR)
    -The chipset does not support DDR2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2_SDRAM memory.
    -DDR3-1600 is supported on an FSB of 400 MHz (1600QDR)
    -If DDR3http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3_SDRAM -1600 memory is used, only one memory module is allowed per channel. Thus, the buyer must use 2 GB modules to reach 4 GB of RAM.
    According to Intel, DDR3-1600 will operate at 1.8 Volts and CL8-8-8


    The above bolded point says that X48 will only support 4GB of RAM when DDR3-1600 is used.

    Since I need more than 4GB of RAM should I be looking at Server Motherboards with Xenon processor so that I can have more than 4GB of RAM?

    Thanks for your input.

    -Amit
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