Are these parts compatible, and would you agree with these choices? Also, I'm buying another copy of Vista because I've been told that I cannot install my current OEM copy on a new computer - is this true, or is there a way to deactivate this current installation so that I can use this copy on the new machine?
As I mentioned my main goal is to be able to edit HD Video as efficiently as possible. This is my first upgrade in almost 6 years, so I'd also like to catch up on some of the games that have come out since then and recently just to see what I've been missing.
Thank you very much for your help! I appreciate it
The GTX 295 you linked is no longer available. That's OK as you should get a 5870. Almost as fast as a GTX 295 and costs less. Pulls less power and you can add a second fairly easily.
It also has other features you may like... support for three monitors, DX 11.
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/systemreqs/ states that you require a quick hard-drive subsystem (RAID0) or equivalent SCSI. I don`t want to be devil`s advocate around here but you realise i hope based on your picks that the hard-drive will be the bottleneck here. Maybe a couple of fast sata drives (2-3) would be good.
The motherboard is decent and has IEE1394 if you want a quick interface with a HD camcorder.
Also, where is the Blu-Ray burner? Are you runnin` an external solution or is something that i`m missing here?
I agree with Proximon regarding the graphics solution and PSU (although as PSU Seasonic M12D850W would be a good competitor).
Quiet as a mouse ....hmm. That`s hard. Put some pasive coolers around hard-drives, rubber gromets. Unfortunatelly Adobe is not playing nice all the time with flash-based drives, because i would recommend `em for low wattage, performance and lack of noise.A good start would be http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/harddrivesolu....
A good case would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but it`s a bit pricey. Great cooling with loads of 120mm fans that can be set at low spin (lack of noise) and a 200mm fan on top spinning at low rate. You can replace `em with some Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000 (120mm) 20.7dBA and Antec Big Boy 200 for 200mm one.
CPU cooler you can try Cogage True Spirit from Thermaltake, quiet and decent.
With the airflow sorted you can try to soundproof your case http://www.quietpc.com/gb-en-gbp/products/acousticmater....
Well, it took me quite a bit to finish .
If you feel a bit more courageus you can have a look at a watercooling solution or a case that has all the piping done and sorted.
How would you compare it to the HD 5870 you both recommended? I have to admit that I'm a little biased toward Nvidia, but I'd be willing to give ATI another shot if you really think the HD 5870 is on-par.
A monitor resolution with 1280x1024 will see little gain with the gtx 295. maybe you want to take that into consideration if you havn't already. If you still need to go with a heavy hitter, the 5870 might be the better choice, but the 5850 is looking really good at 100 bucks cheaper than its big bro. Later down the road you could cross fire two 5850's once you have your monitor upgrade. Heck, if you are really ambitions jut by 5 more 1280x1024 res monitors and you could have a pretty unique setup. Probably need a little more juice to actually game on a 7680x1024 rig though. Also the 4850 draws considerably less power than the gtx295. It is even less than a 4870 in both idle and load situations.
Is this for occasional HD editing on the side from a consumer camcorder or is this rig going to be used professionally? If you are doing commercial work for clients then I recommend upgrading the monitor now too, or adding an HDMI or HD/SDI card and a video specific monitor.
If you're working with professional video formats, your real problem will be your NLE software. The newest HD video codecs, including Canon's DLSRs, RED, and Sony's XDCAM EX, have the smoothest workflow in Final Cut Pro.... which means Apple... which means a higher budget and much less gaming.
But it's something to consider if you intend to edit professionally.