Dear members of the forum, first of all I’d like to thank you for your posts as they help people like me build confidence to assemble their own systems. I want to ask for your advice regarding the parts I selected for my first PC. I want to build a machine for HD video editing – HDV and AVCHD files. I’m not a gamer but practice on MSX Flight simulator occasionally.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com,
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
OVERCLOCKING: not presently but might in the future if I need to
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 24” LCD 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
OS: Windows 7 x64
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet and stable PC
These are the parts I selected after reading numerous posts on the topic:
I opted for NVidia because of the allegedly better OpenG 2.0 and CUDA features which seem to work better with Adobe Premiere. But if this is not a proven fact, I can go for a cheaper and reliable card: XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">
I would take those 2 500GB drives and run them in "Matrix" Raid where I will create a Raid 1 array for the OS+Apps with the first 200GB and then a Raid 0 array with the last 600GB for media cache & scratch disk & page file.
Cooling: Since I won’t be over-clocking, I’m not sure if I need an additional cooling system for the CPU. In case the HD rendering would require extra cooling, I was thinking of getting XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..." target="_blank">
I will appreciate your input here as I’ve never built a PC before. Can you advice me also on websites which demonstrate the process of actual building and fine-tuning of the system.
If that matrix RAID uses two drives to do some sort of hybrid "0+1" config, AND ... If the purpose of a RAID 1 Mirror is to provide a backup, in event one drive fails ... THEN ... *IF* one drive fails, and the mirror is split, across two drives, THEN WHAT GOOD IS THE FARGIN MIRROR ???
Well ... with SSDs on our doorstep, who the hell needs the headaches of ANY sort of RAID ... I've had two arrays go down and couldn't even use the remaining drive, on one of them. Really not worth it ...
... What I would do is to RAID-0 an couple of 500GB Spinpoint F3s, and do a manual "full-tree" drag-n-drop to a cheap 1TB drive, in a removable drive tray (a.k.a. drive caddy or mobile rack) ... Removing the drawer/tray insures the drive does not spin when not in use ... increasing longevity significantly.
So, before you leave for work or school or shopping, ... just slide the backup drive into the hot-rack and drag-n-drop your entire apps or content tree onto it ... and leave the house. This is also a MUCH better way to "re-frag", but that is for some other thread.
= Alvin = (I REALLY HATE RAIDS ... ESPECIALLY INTERNAL ONES !!! )