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New NLE Workstation Build, Yea or Nea???

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October 24, 2011 8:14:08 PM

Hello all,

I am hopiing that I can get soome input on an NLE Workstain I am planning on building. I am ready to purchase and begin the build but would like a trained eye to review my choices to give a nod or shake a finger so to speak. This is not my first build of course but, I have only just become serious with video editing in the last 2-3 years. my present system is sufficient but slow. you input would be most appreciated.

MB - Asus P6T7 WSSupercomputer

MEM - Crucial 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Server Memory

CPU - Intel Core i7-980 Gulftown 3.33GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core

OS Drive - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

Video - (2) PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Case - Antec Nine Hundred

OS - Win 7 H.prem

I will be using the 2 upgrade sata 1TB hard drives I have in my present system in this new build along with a 1 TB usb backup unit i have. Each are 7200rpm

Please feel free to shake your head and wag your finger at me if you must.

Thanks

Tom
October 24, 2011 9:10:28 PM

ew.. 1 TB usb?!

Use the Esata bro.. .hell. you're getting Asus Supercomputer, whats another 70 bucks :) 
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October 24, 2011 9:15:06 PM

also.. Antec 900's tend to be dust city in the front..

If you are looking for something slick.. try corsairs cases. They got some nice cleaning filters and plenty of cooling. It's wise to buy cases without holes and vents, it promotes positive pressure cooling (high pressure in case than room).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you want to be even cooler, get that case with corsairs waters cooling H100
Fits like a glove in that case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 24, 2011 9:27:02 PM

What's your entire budget? Since your doing a video editing build, I would definitely change the build. Something are just overdone and others are outdated:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD (if it's just for the OS, all you need is 60GB to 64GB MAX, but I'll use the 128GB anyway):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: About $900

I'll find a GPU for you (workstation GPU, not a mainstream one). I need to know your budget though.


EDIT: I found one card that looks promising. I'm not sure if it will fit in your budget though:

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This puts your total at around $1400 to $1500.
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October 25, 2011 4:00:16 PM

AbdullahG said:
What's your entire budget? Since your doing a video editing build, I would definitely change the build. Something are just overdone and others are outdated:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD (if it's just for the OS, all you need is 60GB to 64GB MAX, but I'll use the 128GB anyway):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: About $900

I'll find a GPU for you (workstation GPU, not a mainstream one). I need to know your budget though.


EDIT: I found one card that looks promising. I'm not sure if it will fit in your budget though:

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This puts your total at around $1400 to $1500.



Well, I have set aside about 2k - 2.5k for this. I do want to remain with a Workstation. I have a buddy of mine who is a film editor for a major studio. He tells me to steer away from a desktop and build a workstation due to processing demands while rendering. I have Avid Studio and Avid Media Composer 5.5. A M C 5.5 need lots of power. I am still in the selection phase of this but I am anxious to get this monster built! Lol ...

I already have the Power Color AX6850 in my existing system and had planned to purchase another for dual monitor useage. I love that card. Of course, If I could afford it I would rather have 2 PNY VCQ5000-PB Quadro 5000 2.5GB 320-bit GDDR5, but ....... $$$$$$$$
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October 25, 2011 5:48:48 PM

Either way you look at it, both machine will perform perfectly for what your doing.

A work station is a Destkop btw, but not all desktop are workstations...

What makes a workstation a "workstation" is processing power for the most part. The new 2600k processor is going to blow most any processors out of the water for a great price. It will stack up you 980 at 1/2 the price..

You also dont need a fancy Motherboard. One with nearly identical specs (with better northbridge) for 1/3 the price will give you the same performance..

Unless you absolutely want quad SLI..... but hey.. your money..

BTW, one AX6850 will do dual monitors just fine.. you dont need 2 cards to have dual monitors..

Another thing, your quadro 5000 maybe awesome and what nots, but the Geforce 580 has the same processor as the quadro (if not faster clocked!) and can have more RAM than your quadro.. (if you pick up the 3GB card). When you're buying the quadro, you are buying the brand, not performance.

Again, i think what me and AbdullahG are trying to show you is that you can get the same performance for much cheaper price only sacrificing fancy gadgets that you wont be using..
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October 26, 2011 1:05:44 PM

rozz said:
Either way you look at it, both machine will perform perfectly for what your doing.

A work station is a Destkop btw, but not all desktop are workstations...

What makes a workstation a "workstation" is processing power for the most part. The new 2600k processor is going to blow most any processors out of the water for a great price. It will stack up you 980 at 1/2 the price..

You also dont need a fancy Motherboard. One with nearly identical specs (with better northbridge) for 1/3 the price will give you the same performance..

Unless you absolutely want quad SLI..... but hey.. your money..

BTW, one AX6850 will do dual monitors just fine.. you dont need 2 cards to have dual monitors..

Another thing, your quadro 5000 maybe awesome and what nots, but the Geforce 580 has the same processor as the quadro (if not faster clocked!) and can have more RAM than your quadro.. (if you pick up the 3GB card). When you're buying the quadro, you are buying the brand, not performance.

Again, i think what me and AbdullahG are trying to show you is that you can get the same performance for much cheaper price only sacrificing fancy gadgets that you wont be using..



Hey, Thats why I am here on the boards. Your opinion and suggestions are what I am looking for.
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October 26, 2011 3:15:04 PM

My opinion would be if you got the money, buy the 980, but change the motherboard to something a little cheaper with still good performance.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

here is a great Asus board that will work good with the 980.

I'd also pick up the 16GB XMS RAM since it's a good deal and good speed/price

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else seems good. The video cards are up to you, but that geforce 580 is a great card. You will not be disappointed with it
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