Processor. I chose the Xeon E3 1230 after watching the guy on Adobe.TV recommended it, also it is the cheapest 1200 series that has Hyper Threading. I realize it is a server processor. I would like to know if it will fit the 1155 Mobo I have selected. Here is a link to the Adobe.TV episode:
Motherboard. Will my selected motherboard take advantage of the Processor's Hyper Threading technology?
GPU. After reading a ton of forums, it seems the NVidia Quadro series is the best choice for Premiere Pro with its CUDA technology. What do you all think? Also, the website says it only consumes 40W of power, is the 380 Watt Antec PSU too much or too little for the job?
Memory. I have seen 1600 RAM that is specifically designed for Sandy Bridge. From what I can tell, it is because if its 1.5 Volts, is that correct? Will the 1333 RAM I have selected work well with Sandy Bridge, or is there other 1333 RAM that specifically designed for Sandy Bridge? The guy from Adobe.TV suggested roughly 2 GB of RAM per Processor Core, what do you think?
DVD Drive. How important is it to have a Blue Ray drive for Premiere Pro? He does not watch Blue Ray, so we are only concerned if it will limit him when it comes time to export.
Monitor. This monitor does not have HDMI. How imortant is it to have a monitor with HDMI for Premiere Pro? Also, is the monitor I selected compatable with Premiere Pro? Here are the tech specs for CS5.5:
Card Reader. I have not included a Compact Flash card reader as part of the hardware. He already has an old one that connects via usb (2.0 I think). Do Canon 5D users tranfer data by physically removing the Compact Flash cards from their camara and putting it in a card reader, or can he connect that camara with, say, a 1394 port to transfer data?
Overall System. How well do these components work together in relation to each other? Is there a bottleneck? Is one component too fast compared to the rest?
The Quadro should help as MPE supports CUDA, but support is not limited to Quadros. The 600 you chose isn't officially supported however. Here is the list from Adobes website:
GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 570 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 580 (Windows)
Quadro FX 3700M (Windows)
Quadro FX 3800 (Windows)
Quadro FX 3800M (Windows)
Quadro FX 4800 (Windows and Mac OS)
Quadro FX 5800 (Windows)
Quadro 2000 (Windows)
Quadro 2000D (Windows)
Quadro 2000M (Windows)
Quadro 3000M (Windows)
Quadro 4000 (Windows and Mac OS)
Quadro 4000M (Windows)
Quadro 5000 (Windows)
Quadro 5000M (Windows)
Quadro 5010M (Windows)
Quadro 6000 (Windows)
Quadro CX (Windows)
Out of these, the GTX570 might be the most affordable, though it will need a ~500W+ PSU.
You can hack the drivers though, as the Quadros are essentially identical to GeForces in terms of hardware. A GTS450 is essentially the Quadro 2000. You can also hack your card even if it doesn't have official support also.
From what I can tell, the Xeon should fit the 1155 desktop Mobo. The reason I have chosen it instead of the server mobo is for its extra ports and audio card. What features of the E3 do you think might not be compatable with the H67?
Thanks a ton for mentioning the ability to hack other CUDA cards. I found this website, which walks me through it:
It's hard to say. I think you should just get the 2500K though. It should just perform the same as the E1230, why exactly do you want to use a Xeon instead. Maybe I didn't catch this, and you probably explained it. Oh... It was because of HT. Well... It should be able to use the HT even on an H67 but it's hard to say.
Save some dough on the HDD. The Samsung F3 would do the same but cheaper. It's cheaper on Amazon than Newegg. BTW The F3 is quieter and faster in areas and slower in areas but pretty much even. In reality, you're friend wouldn't notice the difference. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...
"Number 6 - Video Card Memory
The Mercury Playback Engine requires the NVIDIA video card to have at least 896 megs memory or more. Anything less, the Mercury Playback Engine and the unlock will NOT work. I recommend at least 1 gig or higher of video memory."
I would like to get your opinion on this before I select the GPU for my final build.