A question often asked is what system to build for NLE.
Basically you can think along three roads, a budget PC, an economical PC and the warrior PC. Notice that MAC is not mentioned here. There are three reasons for that, one is I'm not qualified to really advise on MAC's, two is that they are way overpriced and three they are severely limited in component choices. So this is all about PC.
Whether you want to have a budget, economical or warrior PC, there are a number of common components that you will always need, a case, a PSU, CPU cooler, monitor, keyboard, mouse, DVD/BR burner and stuff like that so I'm not going into those components.
So what is this all about?
4. Disk setup
5. Video card
This is certainly not intended to be a full description of what to buy, but only to point you in a direction that will make it easier to make your own list of components required.
Budget: i7-860, Economical: i7-930, Warrior: Dual X5680
Budget: ASUS P7P55D, Economical: ASUS P6T WS Pro, Warrior: SuperMicro X8DAH+
Budget: 8 GB, Economical: 12 GB, Warrior: 24+ GB
Budget: 3-4 SATA disks, Economical: 5-8 SATA disks (plus raid controller), Warrior: 12+ disks and Areca ARC 1880iX-16/24 controller
Budget: ATI HD 5670, Economical: nVidia GTX-285, Warrior: nVidia Quadro FX 3800+
Effectively at this moment (March 2010) that means in approximate costs for the 5 components and not counting everything else you may need,
|Type PC|| Approximate budget|
|Economical||$ 2,100 (excluding RAID controller)|
|Warrior||$ 8,500 (including Areca RAID controller)|
These figures are around minimum to budget for. I hope this gives you something to ponder about.
Hi Chuck - that CPU looks top of the range - I was more interested in the "economical" range (based on Harm's original post terminology) - we only do video editing say once every month or two after a holiday/trip, and then come back and try to reasonable job (not professional by any means) of pulling the best parts together. We use Adobe Premiere & Photoshop. The file types we seem to have currently are:
- *.dv - from our older (a few years old) digital video camera
- *.mts - from the video from our new digital video camera, that takes reasonable video
Currently based on reading to date (not too much yet) is something like:
* CPU / Motherboard
- Not sure (was thinking ASUS for motherboard, but model depends on CPU no doubt?)
- what sort of CPU/motherboard do you think these days fits into the Economical (not professional) category at the moment?
- Re CPU the list from our local shop is: http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&bid=2&id2=13
* Memory - get lots it seems - I was thinking 12GB initially
* Video Card - not sure whether we need something flash given the video formats we are dealing with (see above)? Someone suggested nVidia GTX470 or a Quadro card for Adobe Premiere work...
* Disk Drives
- dedicated system drive
- video drives - wanted to have data protection (and apparently Drobo's etc are not good for performance) so two (or three) SATA drives here in a RAID 5 configuration I was thinking? Not sure if there are any tips & tricks here to be aware of re RAID 5 usage with video editing?
* O/S - Win7 64bit - Home Premium or Pro? perhaps just go for Pro?
Go with Win 7 64 Professional. Make sure it's 64, which is something I'm sure you already know. If you spend a little extra money, you will get something that is a pleasure to edit on. If you want to reduce the price a little bit, you should go with high rated non-green 1TB hard drives for your media drives. You could probably get by with a Corsair 750 watt power supply, but it's a good idea to check that out in one of the many online power supply calculators.
This would make for a decent system and it's somewhat mid-range:
newegg Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
12GB kit (4GBx3) US $149.99
Part #: CT3KIT51264BA1339 • DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333 • 1.5V • 512Meg x 64 •
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
GIGABYTE GV-N470OC-13I GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Now: $169.99 x2= 339.98
excellent - thanks for this Chuck
I just had a very similar system built, same CPU, Graphics and Mother Board. I would suggest, 24Gb ram (it is cheap right now) and this Mother Board supports eSata 6.0, I would use a couple of WD Black 6.0 1Tb drives in Raid 0 for Video storage. That is my setup and it works like a charm.
I just bought a laptop not too long ago and instead of purchasing something new, is there any way I can improve the performance of what I have? I mostly use my laptop for editing photos, but I now want to work with the highest resolution of video that I can. I noticed AE and Pr are a bit sluggish with the HD video I've been playing with. Here's what I have for my laptop:
I also have a few other questions:
I've tried playing with the settings, but I really don't know what I'm doing and I haven't found anything that really helps.
I would suggest you start a new discussion rather than get into such an old existing discussion.
And about your external disk which way are you using it?
Thank you for your response. I didn't know if it would be considered rude to start a new thread when one already exists. There's a lot of participation in this thread and I didn't think anyone would mind if I asked a few related questions.
The external disk is new and I haven't used it for anything yet. I was thinking of using it for storage/back-up. If you think it would be best used for something else, I'm very open to ideas.
Do you have any suggestions?
Someone was able to help me in another forum. I'd thought I'd post his response here, in case someone else has similar specs and searching for answers on performance.
For 8gb of ram, I'd leave at least 2gb for other applications. I don't know what plugins you use for Firefox, but that should work. If you have 4 cores, leave one for other programs. Minimum allocated for per CPU, 1gb should work well, maybe 2. Personally, I like longer ram preview over faster rendering. I like to see more than a couple seconds.
I tried it and it works so much better than the default settings. I hope this helps someone.
Good morning, I am building a custom workstation for a friend that shoots with a Sony EX1 camera and edits footage from that, P2 and AVCHD together in the same timelines.
I have read that it is recommended that you have dual hexa-core motherboards for this, but all the motherboards that support dual-hex CPUs are for servers and lack a number of the features this user needs such as USB 3, eSATA, on-board high quality sound. Plus, if Adobe is serious about the Mercury Playback Engine, I would think maxing out the Quadro card would be money better spent than on a second CPU, plus I thought video encoding wasn't very threadable so having 12 / 24 threads on slower processors wouldn't be effecient compared to 6/12 threads of a faster processor?
I would like to run the spec of the workstation I have planned to build my friend to see what you think.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Tower case
Antec HCP-1200 Powersupply
ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.46GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7990X
24 GB 1600 DDR3 RAM Corsair Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMZ4GX3M1A1600C9
PNY VCQ5000-PB Quadro 5000 2.5GB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card
ASUS DVD – LightSCRIBE
Pioneer Black 6X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 6X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Burner BDR-206MBK
256 GB SSD OS and Software Drive
2 TB Backup & Update Install Drive, Tutorials, work, Docs.
2 2 TB Raid for Work Files
256 GB SSD for SWAP and ADOBE CACHE
Multi Card Reader
Thank you for your help,
Do you have a list of up to date components that you recommend for a new rig? Thanks for all the great info that you have put out.
I'm trying to setup a computer that can run adobe master collection cs5.
Is this ok?
Intel Core i7 2600 Processor
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3 Motherboard
Intel P67 chipset
4 x DD3 DIMM slot
Build-in Raid 0 and Raid 1
High Definition Audio (up to 7 Channel)
Build in LAN (support up to Gigabit LAN)
Support 2xSATA 6GB/S; and 4xSATA 3Gb/s connection; 2x eSATA; 6xUSB 2.0; 2xUSB 3.0 ports
16GB DDR3 PC-1333
1 x Intel 120Gb SSD (for OS win7 professional)
2 x Seagate 2TB XT Barracuda Series 7200rpm hard drive
GTX570 Sonic 1280Mb GDDR 5320-bit
The only problem is the 8 GB of memory because it is using all 4 slots with no expansion room. You really need 4 GB RAM modules.
Very true, Bill.
That custom-built has a total of only 8GB, and has no available DIMM slots for expansion. It should have had two 4GB DIMMs instead.
How about an update to this?