APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: ~ 1700 including monitor(s) Before Rebates SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: editing using probably avid, maybe premiere, other cs5 suite esp. photoshop, homework, hulu, limited games (favorite game is whatever ‘civ’ is hanging around.) PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: mine? united states – san antonio, texas PARTS PREFERENCES: us OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, seems scary SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if worthwhile MONITOR RESOLUTION: unsure
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am a beginning student filmmaker and tired of the lack of access that we have to the editing lab. I want to get a new computer as the one that I have currently is not up to the task. I don’t see myself using that much HD editing, as our school uses the canon xl2 almost exclusively. it shoots in dv in 24p but no HD. we use avid xpress pro at school on a mac and i guess that i am used to it, but i feel comfortable with premiere as well.
I’ve been looking at the following items, I got the suggestions from a mishmash of other posts I saw on the website. I hope that I could get some suggestions on it. I left some wiggle room for a monitor or two, or another GPU for sli or crossfire (if it helps with editing), or maybe something I totally overlooked. Never tried to build my own computer. Thanks for any help in advance.
For editing purposes, you don't need the latest and greatest graphics, but especially with the Adobe CS5 suite, you may benefit from CUDA support, so stick with the Nvidia card. I personally like XFX. I'd feel more confident in one of their models like:
Partition the first for OS and other programs / editing suite / personal files and use the other as your work / capture / storage drive. (You do have an external for back-up right?)
From what I've seen, the Adobe suite really likes the Hyper threading of Intel, so while I prefer AMD, Intel's probably the right choice here. I like your choice of CPU and mobo. You remembered to have Firewire for that camera.
Since you're not working with HD, you really don't need that much RAM immediately. I'd start with 6 Gigs and add to it later when the need is there (and RAM prices are more reasonable.)
For project back-ups and eventual HD work, I'd suggest a Blu-Ray burner. You can never have enough back-ups of projects (and the footage.)
i really enjoy the amd system that i am on right now, and i was really thinking about the amd systems proposed. from everything that i had read about the preferences of the nles that i am working, i was leaning towards the intel system i initially started with. shane and shado's comments pushed me over the edge and i pulled the trigger on the i7-920 machine. i made some impulsive decisions but here is what i ended up with for better or worse. either way, i am excited about building my first system.
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NOTES: i dropped out of the psu and case combo suggested in favor of this psu and a similar case that i found a $50 promo code for. the price turned out about the same, but i don't have to mail in any rebates, which i saw as a positive. the cpu and mb combo saved me a couple of dollars, i also dumped the dvd drives and used all that money for the blu-ray drive. i couldn't help myself with the RAM . . .
i went ahead and opted for the biggest monitor i felt comfortable paying for as opposed to the 2 monitor setup. i figured that this old crt monitor would do for now until i could raise enough for the second.