Help With System Build For Video Editing CS6

Hello. I am hoping you can give me some advice on what to do (or buy) to improve my video editing system. I am a bit of novice when it comes to the technical/hardware end of things and I’m having some issues with my current system.

I working in Adobe CS6 Master Suite on a Windows 7 Ultimate PC. I mainly use Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, and Audition. I create very complete animations and videos with many layers and effects (via Boris & Red Giant). I also use Skype to record group video calls (with the program Evaer) for a reality T.V. recap show which I also edit with my Adobe suite. However I have two main problems.

When I render out a 20 minute premier pro project (with several HD video layers and effects) it takes almost 13 hours. It seems like this is very long considering my high end components, and set up. For example I run ONLY my OS off an SSD. My programs are on another SSD. The files I use for the video are on another HDD, and I render to another HDD. I was told by keeping all the aspects on separate hard drives it would speed everything up. Is that true? I also am now reading that rendering to a SSD would speed things up. Should I consider changing my workflow/hard drive set up that way?

My other problem is that when I record my Skype group calls of 4 people (with Evaer) to my SSD the audio is always off when I bring it into Premiere. I don’t know if this is a problem with Evaer, a codec (it records it as H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Codec. At 1280 X 720 and 30fps), that SSDs auto compress files, or that my system just cant handle it. Plus Soundblaster & Nvida both seem to active as audio features on my system I don’t know if that effects anything. Is there any advice any of you have on this issue as well? Perhaps another program to record skype or group calls?

Finally… all that aside. Considering the work I am doing should I just upgrade my system to a better Mobo and graphics card. I see a lot of people are recommending a dual processor work station. If so what is a good motherboard, and processor(s) I should get if I build my own workstation? I have about $4000.00 I could invest in building one if you think would greatly improve my work flow and render times. I also have a quadro k5000 on the way, and id like to be able to use the memory I have already.

I realize I am asking a lot of questions. I would truly appreciate any help, advice or just a point in the right direction. I have included my current system specs below incase that helps with any of my questions. If you have any other questions or need more information just let me know. Thank you again in advance for any help you can provide.


Gigabyte G1.Assassin

Intel Core i7 X 980

(1) SATA II WD (WD15EADS-00P8B0) 3gb Hard Drive @ 1.5TB
(2) OCZ SATA AGILITY II SSD drives @120GB:
(2) Hitachi 6gb SATA III drives @2TB:

(1) SATA BlueRay Drive

24GIGs of this ram:

(1) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680

NONE DEDICATED: But Onboard Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2) with X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity™ and EAX® AHD 5.0™ Technologies built into MoBo.
PLUS: NVIDIA High Definition Audio

Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
Intel(R) ICH10R SATA AHCI Controller
Realtek PCI GBE Family Controller
Marvell 91xx SATA 6G Controller
Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Host Controller


*I also have a network server which I use to back up files, and access files across my other systems.
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    EVGA SR-X Dual Intel LGA2011 Motherboard
  2. Bandicam has a nice recorder I used it in a video and recived 1080p goodness with no compression want a link? to see output
  3. I7 will not work in multi cpu setups, you need an appropriate xeon (not all xeon support multi cpu setups). And I would not suggest the srx because you don't need that many pcie slots, you want more ram slots, and it costs a lot more. This costs $280 less.

    The sound not recording is a issue with evaer and it is also compressing it. An ssd is simply a storage device, it cannot compress. A system not being able to handle it has nothing to do with compressing, it would just lag. Check your evaer settings.

    Have you tried gpu accelerated rendering? From how long it takes, it sounds like no.

    Ideally you'd have working files/scratch disk on one ssd and the output onto another. The os and programs can be on the same ssd.
  4. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE QUICK REPLIES! I have been looking everything you all have said.

    I would prefer a mobo with usb 3.0, and thunderbuilt. But atleast usb 3.0. I also need to be able to add my quadro gpu, and a sound card, and current ram (although upgrade it to 32 GBs).

    I just need to know which mobo would be best, and then which processors to add to it (and if fan cooling for them is ok). All the reviews of custom builds I read are from early last year. Aren't there any newer/better mobos and intel chips out there for video/audio work currently?
  5. 3960X,and GTX 690 is all I would say:(
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