I'm just making a purchase of a computer for a lab. Eventually there will be a couple of students editing AVCHD with Adobe Premier. I'm not myself familiar enough yet to know if I'm making a good choice, but because of the grant timing have to make the purchase now.
How does this system look?
i7-930 processor(8MB L2 Cache, 2.80GHz)
12GB Tri Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 6 DIMMs
4TB Performance RAID 0 (2 x 2TB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs)
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5
Is there anything in here that I could regret later? Is it, say, to have a different RAID set up?
Keep in mind that one bottleneck for video compression is usually the hard drive, so while having a RAID configuration is ideal for the OS and applications, having separate fast hard drives to write to is equally important. Especially with HD video. I suggest adding a separate fast hard drive (10k RPM) just for video output from Adobe Premiere.
This project consists of compressed 640×480 video footage. These small video files were being eaten alive by the massive 1090T hexa-core processor and 8GB of RAM. Premiere Pro CS5′s increased performance with multi-core systems coupled with bleeding fast hardware will make fast work of any simple projects such as this, not giving the GPU enough work to really make a difference. These results do suggest that if you’re editing small-time video footage, you will not benefit much from using Mercury Playback.
So assuming u want to make use of Mercury Playback Engine: