I am currently looking for a new editing set-up, and any help would be grealty appriciated.
First of all, can I point out that I am pretty much I.T. dyslexic. I’ve been editing on a PC based system for the past four years using Premiere Pro 1.5. We bought it from a 'edit suite' suppliers for over £2000, whilst it has been very good, I'm not sure I need to pay that much again for the same results. The system also had a Matrox card, which was handy for using an output monitor, but not a lot else, and wouldn’t be looking to upgrade that.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD EDITING IN CS4 AND AFTER EFFECTS
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: MONITORS, SPEAKERS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ANY (BASED IN UK)
PARTS PREFERENCES: THE BEST
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Briefly I would like a two monitor set up and a third calibrated monitor and a system that can be as powerful as possible for the money. My budget is about £700 (approx $1150).
What I really want to know is, what’s the best graphics card to go for, how much RAM, processors etc.
I’ve read that if you use windows Vista64 that you can go crazy with the RAM? Is this the best option?
Also, I’ve read your post about RAID. We work with external USB hard drives (normally 500GB WD), one for each project. Can you set these up as a RAID system? Is there any advantage, other than the potential of losing the footage (if so, we back everything up anyway)
If anyone can supply me with a list of parts that would be terrific. We are in the UK, don't know if that makes much difference to model numbers etc.
I'll be uprading to CS4. We are currentley using the Panansonic P2 system, if that makes any difference? The computer will not be needed for anything else other than cs4. It won't be used for e-mail or internet etc.
You can easily run 4 monitors. 2 from the 785G motherboard and 2 from the video card.
CS4 makes use of GPGPU acceleration to speed up some features of CS4 editing .
Both Quadro and Geforce cards can make use of that GPGPU acceleration.
To speed up high-definition video encoding by taking advantage of the extra GPU horsepower you'll need a Quadro card and Elemental's RapiHD plugin. Thats probably an extra £450.
The motherboard has 7.1 output integrated. I'd give that a shot first.
If its not up to your requirements check out the Asus Xonar DS 7.1 PCI Soundcard £35
If you do find the MB audio not getting the job done its probably a good idea to track down some CS4 audio specialists for advice.