I work in a video rental house, and I'm sick of renting out $13,000 cameras and $16,000 lens packages all the time and not having the capability to get the gear for free and make my own projects on my own time! To that end, I'll happily trade any video camera / production knowledge for advice on this build I'm working on.
I’ve put together this modest $3,000 build list for a Premiere CS5 / After Effects CS5 machine. This will be my first build, so I’m somewhat new to this, and I’d like to solicit the board’s input on the following questions:
1) What do you think of my MOBO / CPU / RAM pairings? I’m not really married to any of these components, and if I should swap any one of these out for overall performance increases, I’d be happy to.
2) How does my drive setup look? Have I picked any clunkers?
3) I’d love to hear any alternate suggestions for 20inch or so monitors in the $150 range, or quality desktop speakers in the $100 range.
you might want to get a SATA 6gbs SSD as the boot disk, it will be much faster than the 10k drive but a bit more expensive. An SSD will also be great for CS5 as it should load up the program nearly instantly and save times will be lower. both other drives are good choices.
For video editing more CPU cores might help a lot. The I7 950 will still work great, especially if you overclock. The I7 970 is the next step up at 6 cores, but it is also 300$ more. A option for workstation-grade performance would be a dual-xenon setup, but that might be closer to your budget limit and you cant overclock with dual xenons. a reasonably priced xenon to get two of would be (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...). For dual it needs to be any 55XX model number CPU because they have dual QPI. Dual xenon motherboards are a bit on the expensive side
For any of these CPUs you dont really want the stock cooler, especially if you are planning on overclocking. So definitely look in to an aftermarket cooler, such as this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)