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Need Advice Video Transcoding - Anticipate CS5

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May 28, 2010 4:12:21 AM

All,

Need some help here: Trying to put together a system which will be used primarily for video trans-coding. I get that CS4 today has nominal requirements as it related to video cards - but from everything I read - it will only be a matter of time when "official support" is out for ATI Stream and GPU.

SO for now - can you please advise or comment - with respect to the proposed system in light of pending CS5 upgrades which are intended for to utilize GPU Acceleration (Catalyst 10.5 seems to do the job!) and prefer AMD/ATI systems.

MB/PSU/Case selection. - is the PSU OK - is there a better choice for mainstream cases - Think OFFICE - Not going to game/crossfire more than one of Video cards these cards today

Video Card - Is 2G really overkill - the number of Streams was impressive as well as overall STREAM/AVIVO/OPENCL/OPENGL/SHADER Model open standards and capabilities etc... would this need additional cooling not accounted for?

Memory - these are CL7 - will it matter - outside of that not planning too much overclocking here and sticking with 10600

Hard Drive - I TB is way too much - storage I would prefer 2 lower RPM with higher MB Cache for raid 0 and a SSD to write data to... Recommendations?

Overall - any glaring over/under-calculations which we could squeeeeezzzeeee money out of it without sacrificing long term upgrades or having it catch on fire when we power it up.....

Thanks in advance....


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Silverstone FT01S Silver Mid-Tower Case - ATX, mATX(30 lbs)

AMD HDT90ZFBGRBOX Phenom II 1090T Black Edition Six Core Processor - 3.20GHz, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Socket AM3, Processor with Fan(1 lbs)

MSI 890FXA-GD70 Motherboard - AMD 890FX, Socket AM3, ATX, DDR3, RAID, SATA 6.0GB/s, USB 3.0(4 lbs)

Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, Lifetime Warranty, 80+ Silver, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications.(9.26 lbs)

Sapphire 100281-2GVXSR Radeon HD 5870 Vapor-X Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI(5 lbs)

8G Total Patriot Dual Channel Viper 4096MB PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)(2.2 lbs)

Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS DVDRW Internal Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, SATA, LightScribe (OEM)(0.9 lbs)

Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 3G, 64MB Cache, GreenPower(1.5 lbs)

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD(0.5 lbs)
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May 28, 2010 5:00:00 AM

I am trying to put together a similiar system for editing. I am new to building computers - not new to editing. As far as transcoding goes... MPEG streamclip is what we use. What exactly are you transcoding that requires its own computer? I am assuming that you are using a LOT of external hard drives for storage. Please let me know, as I might be able to help you from a CS5 perspective.
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