I am trying to figure out good components for a video-editing rig.. I have built gaming rigs in the past but I'm not sure how I should approach this..
I'm pretty sure one of the main differences is that I need an i7 CPU to take advantage of multiplecores/hyperhreading etc.. plus loads of RAM to avoid any bottlenecks (say, 16Gb as a minimum) and preferably a VGA with significant headroom in the memory department, say 2 or 3Gb.
However I've been a bit out of the loop for a while so I'm not too sure when it comes to latest/best brands and models.
Plus I'm also lost on the MoBo / Chipset issue.
Anyone care to give me a heads up and/or suggest a few parts? Budget is roughly $1000-1200 (GBP 600-750), but every penny saved is good!
Will probably be getting stuff from overclockers.co.uk
Do not really know what software since I am enquiring on behalf of a friend - but it will be used for HD photo and video editing. I'm thinking large resolutions since the guy is already well into the DSLR business.
I'm guessing something like Final Cut, Pinnacle, Vegas and AE would definitley make the cut as the software of choice.
In multithreaded applications, AMD FX-Piledriver cores are quite competitive. And the price really works well, too, in your budget.
There is also the matter of GPU compute. Folks seldom realize (or, acknowledge) the minor differences by percentage in CPU performance are swamped by performance gains in multiples of 2x to 3x via the pro card GPU with OpenCL and OpenGL.
The software and workflow is key. AMD FirePro workstation cards tend to better boost performance in OpenCL and OpenGL, while nVidia pro cards in certain tasks and workflows (via CUDA) can be a clear winner (ex: color correction of photographs in Adobe).
CPU performance in certain software can also be impacted by your HDD set-ups. Premiere likes multiple hard drives, and will even allow audio and video streams to be broken out between individual HDDs, with final output written to another HDD.
That's where the Asus M5A99X is really sweet with 8xSATA plus 2xeSATA. Conceivably, as an example, your OS/Apps could be on a 2xSATA 6Gb/s RAID (with SSDs?!?!), your capture/scratch on a 2xSATA 6Gb/s RAID, and your output on a 2xSATA 6Gb/s RAID. Your optical drive can then be on a SATA 3Gb/s channel, with a storage/backup HDD on the other SATA 3Gb/s (or the 2xeSATA, which with the port multiplier function allows up to 16 drives). Phewwwww!
(I don't really mean to laugh, jumping the shark, here, in a gazillion different directions )
For the time being, in a Win OS Adobe CS6 Premiere would favor an nVidia workstation card using the Mercury Playback Engine BUT, the Hackintosh likely would benefit most from the OpenCL/GL of the AMD FirePro. Apple (and Adobe) support the FirePro over nVidia. It's a long story, but Apple is ticked-off at nVidia. Adobe Premiere is moving toward OpenCL/GL support in a number of ways, but not all together in CS6 Premiere for some reason at this time.
CS6 Photoshop is a different matter. There are a number of tasks using GPU compute on a Win OS. There is an article on Toms about it, somewhere ... that also includes other photo editing softwares and their use of the GPU for accelerated OpenCL/GL processing in certain tasks.
And the guy is also partial to using a Hackintosh.. so it could run OSX if that is the case forget about amd to bad he is partial to using a Hackintosh.It's going to cost him more now that amd is out the picture.