I’m build a new computer for my studio (Red Gum Studios) and have less than $2,000.00
I already have a Dell 30” Monitor and Adobe Master Suite CS5.
Bellow is information I’ve gathered so far. I’d love more info and ideas from builders that use the canon 5D and CS5 in their work flow.
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 $220 microcenter In-store. (I want to overclock.)
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $200
CPU Socket Type LGA 1366
CPU Type Core i7 (LGA1366)
FSB QPI 6.4GT/S
Memory Standard DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800
PCI Express 2.0 x16
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 1)
2 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2) (Note 2)
PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 8
SATA 6Gb/s 2 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA 3Gb/s: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
SATA 6Gb/s: RAID 0, and RAID 1
USB 3.0 2 x USB 3.0
IEEE 1394 2 x IEEE 1394a
eSATA 2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
Support for 2-Way, 3-Way ATI CrossFireX / NVIDIA SLI technology
Supports newest NEC SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
3X USB power delivery for greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices
Provides newest Marvell SE9128 high speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed
ANTEC nine hundred ATX Mid tower Case
What to get?
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $90
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAA064MAG-1G1 1.8" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $140
?Best Monitor for color accuracy? I have a 4 year old 30” and just want to know whats out there (at any price range).
Adobe recomends one of these cards. Does any one know the differnces in them?
Create with confidence using NVIDIA Quadro.
Meet the tightest deadlines and most stringent budgets using Quadro graphics solutions, built for professionals. Quadro GPUs offer faster performance with superior image quality and provide a fully integrated and optimized workflow across the spectrum of Adobe Creative Suite 5 applications.
> Easily integrate project files from After Effects and Photoshop into Premiere Pro and edit in real-time.
> Work with extremely large video files in Premiere Pro, such as 2K, 4K or RED footage; and apply complex,
multi-layered effects in After Effects by using the large graphics memory in Quadro ultra-high-end solutions.
> Experience rich, vivid image quality with the broadest dynamic range with 10-bit color fidelity.
Adobe is a memory hog. The more ram the better. I'd get the Quadro 4000. You might also consider getting something bigger than a 64GB SSD. I have an 80GB and I have 20 GB left of free space after CS5 Master, Acrobat 9, Lightroom3, Office 2010, and some other small photo editing program.
Also, you probably won't need a beefing motherboard because you won't be doing SLI or CFX with workstation cards, will you?. You can probably get away with a micro ATX board.
6.0Gb/s is the connector speed, not the drive speed. SSD's will run 200-300MB/s and a good HDD will run ~70MB/s So an SSD will be around 4 times as fast as a sctratch disk. I would use the SSD as a scratch disk, just make sure it has TRIM supposrt, and you leave a bit of free space on it. Compare the controller, not the SATA II/III.
edit: if you plan on getting a video card, you want a quaddro for this build.
SSD's - Would need to know a bit more of what you are doing relatively speaking .... stills, movies ... what about when ya not working .... are you gaming ? But if getting an SSD, I'd be getting the Vertex 2's. How many ? again need answers.....but I'd start w/ a OS drive w/ CS 5 on it, 120 GB should be plenty and perhaps a 2nd one for a scratch disk.
RAM - I'd start w/ 3 x 2GB and add more if it shows that you need it. Yes, you can't generally be as aggressive with all slots field on OC's but 4 GB memory sticks are expensive. I have used the followinG CAS 6 DDR3-1600's in my last 4-5 builds
As for GFX cards, if the major part of the work leans towards stills, I'd go for the less expensive fermi cards like the 470. This will also be better suited if you wanna relive some after workday tension by killing off monsters in a PC game after the shop closes.
I have the 5D MKII camera also and you DON'T need to waste your money on a Quadro anything. Spend your money on a fast 285 or Fermi 470 or 480. Adobe products including Premiere Pro are optimized for the 280 series and have just recently been updated to work with 400 series. Quadro's are for CAD workstation which use high end CAD programs that use specific calls for drawing and modeling on that specific software. Spend your money on reasonably fast (7200RPM) large storage drives and a really fast boot drive that holds your adobe or video editing app like a couple of raided Raptor drives or a SSD. You will use this to buffer and scrub your video files and your large storage drives for storage. Also load up your motherboard with 12 to 24GB or RAM. Other than that a reasonably fast multicore CPU (4 cores or more) and some good calibrated monitors will work.