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Computer set-up for small non-profit

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Robert DulferComputer set-up for small non-profit
by on Aug 26, 2011 at 7:02:37 pm

What we are
A small non-profit for heritage preservation and regional development. Based in the Czech Republic, with an Iowa-based sister organization

What we are going to do
Making short video's for mobile content for our education trails. For details, see http://ruze.ekomuzeum.cz/en/?act=24.

Making short education video's to be used in presentations and in our museum using data projectors.

Making short video's for our websites

The best we now have
A 2009-built Acer Travelmate 7730G (Intel core 2 Duo processor P8700, 3 Mb L cache, 4 Gb DDR2, NVidia GeForce 9600M GT). The rest of our hardware is older and does not come close in power to this one.

We have an older Sony miniDV digitial video camera and a newer Sony hdd digital video camera; both were high quality in the sup-pro category. As for software, we have Adobe design Premium CS3.

What we are pondering to buy
The following components for home-building based upon the budget DIY8 would set us back about $$ 1,700 (lousy exchange rate).

Motherboard Asus P6X58D-E intel X58
CPU intel i7 950 (the 970 would set us back another $650)
RAM 3x Corsair xms3 2x2 GB
Nvidia GTX 570 (470 or 480 are similar in price)
HDD Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000
CD Rom Blue-ray
Power Corsair TX850
Tower Antec ninehundredtwo

This is only for these components through internet retail; no software, no mouse or keyboards or monitors included yet. The best monitors we have are 19 inch Acer high quality monitors (crystal bright etc?), now about 4 years old.

Unfortunately, the $ 1,700 is about the max we have in funding for this computer, maybe we can get another $ 200 extra, but that is it.

Questions now are
- Is this set-up ok for what we want or way too good (probably).
- Can we shave something off somewhere?
- Something in hardware or software missing?


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Robert DulferRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on Aug 27, 2011 at 7:20:35 pm

Just some additional info: video cameras we have are Sony DCR-HC85E miniDV digital camera and Sony HDR-SR10 HD AVCHD digital camera


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Robert DulferRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on Sep 7, 2011 at 7:20:32 pm

Just bumping this. No replies or comments at all?


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Todd PerchertRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on Sep 8, 2011 at 7:29:45 pm

No. I think it looks good. Don't see too many options to shave much. In fact, I was thinking you may want to add a drive for OS and Apps. I'm guessing the Hitachi HDD would be a media drive, you could get a smaller, slower drive for OS/Apps. Or, get another large drive and use it as backup. I have a tough time relying on a single drive for anything I want to keep - like media and projects.
TC


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Robert DulferRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on Sep 8, 2011 at 7:57:41 pm

My mistake, we definitely will have two or three drives. The drive mentioned will be the "work drive". We already have a 1 TB HDD as back-up storage.

Main thing: we will use a seperate drive for OS and the main programs (Windows 7 64 bit, Adobe CS and MS Office). Here I am in deep doubt. Normal HDD or a WD velociraptor are reliable but according most webforums and tech reviews a bit old hat. Alternative is a 120 GB SSD for OS and programs. Probably an Intel 120 GB 510 or OVC. But they still seem to have growing pains.


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Todd PerchertRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on Sep 9, 2011 at 9:43:29 pm

I hear people that love their SSD OS drive. I haven't used one yet. I think your fine with the platter drive myself. Just image the drive once a month or so - Windows 7 makes it easy. Then you're prepared for the inevitable HDD crash. Better yet, you could clone the drive, but then your needing another drive. An image can go anywhere.
TC


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Robert DulferRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on Feb 21, 2012 at 1:54:15 pm

We are still waiting for the second project payment which includes the funds for the computer. Trying to keep updated with the latest, we decided that we will switch to the Sandy Bridge Z68 config (videoguys DIY 8 3rd option) instead of the X58 set-up:

Asus P8Z68-V PRO gen3,
Intel i7-2600K, NVidea GTX570,
OCZ SSD vertex-3 240 GB as OS-program disk
at least one 1 Tb 7200 rpm HDD as storage file disk
Software will be adobe premiere 5.5

Monitor is still not sure. As realistic budget compromise I am looking at the HP ZR 2440 W for about $500. If we can find additional funds, a Dell U2711 might be fun as well; not sure it justifies the extra $$.

Opinions on this are still apreciated, I am running another thread to get opinions on the monitor choise.


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Serena BenshoofRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on Feb 15, 2012 at 1:43:48 pm

Intel Core i5-750 quad-core processor 2.66GHz, 1MB L2 + 8MB shared L3 cache. This high-performance CPU Running on an Asus P5GC-MX 945GC motherboard, a 500GB - 7200RPM SATA II hard drive, 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM, XFX GeForce 7300 GT 512MB DDR2 PCI Express Video Card and a 20X DVD±RW Dual Layer drive for burning your own DVDs and CDs, Microsoft Windows 7

Angela


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Robert DulferRe: Computer set-up for small non-profit
by on May 12, 2012 at 8:09:18 pm

We finally got our PC; in the end our local shop put it together as part of the deal.

Core stuff:
Asus P8Z68-V PRO gen3
Intel i7-2600K,
NVidea GTX570,
OCZ SSD vertex-3 240 GB as OS-program disk
1 Tb 7200 rpm WD HDD as storage file disk
Cooler master Silencio 550 computer case
Cooler master Silent Pro 850 Watt power supply.

No money yet for blue ray or monitor.

I can only say (or wisper) wowwww. Did not try video editing yet (waiting for the software) but some other have duty work was done; to say quick would be an understatement.

And silent, incredible (I hate loud PC's). I can hear my laptop but not the PC!

The one thing that we still have to sort out is why the hot-swap bay (part of the case) does not work.


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