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lars hansen
SVP 13 and GH4 computor build – looking for feedback
on Nov 22, 2014 at 6:34:57 pm

Hi folks,

I’m planning a (my first) DIY computer build and am looking for your feedback. I’ve based the build on Videoguy’s DYI 10 build and will be using it to run SVP 13. I also have plans to purchase GH4 and will be editing 4k footage rendered to HD.

Preview speed is more important to me than render speed. Also, I am trying to strike a balance between cost and functionality (i.e. keep cost low with options upgrade later – e.g. increasing memory and perhaps swapping processor for a 6 or 8 core when they come down in price…). I’m also wondering if on-board graphics will be enough to meet my preview requirements and I can drop the Sappire GPU. Sounds like some folks are having good results with no GPU at all (https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/24/976886#976886)…

Build looks like this:
*ASUS Z87-DELUXE/QUAD LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
*Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W
*Crucial M550 CT256M550SSD3 mSATA 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal SSD
*G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Memory F3-2400C10D-16GTX
*SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card
*ZALMAN LQ-310 Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120MM

Any/all comments on this configuration, and how to improve it, are most welcome!

Thanks for your help with this.

https://vimeo.com/user11431579


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Mark Barton
Re: SVP 13 and GH4 computor build – looking for feedback
on Nov 22, 2014 at 8:44:08 pm

If it were me, I would drop the water cooler and SSD to get more CPU cores. You can save those as upgrades later. The number of CPU cores will have the biggest impact for you. Have fun researching and you are off to a great start with the VideoGuys DIY builds. I have a 6 core systems based on their build from 2011. No SSD still, but I did go with a Coolmaster CPU/Chipset fan and high flow case to keep things cool. Something about water and electronics made me nervous when looking for deals that cause me to avoid the water cooler options.


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lars hansen
Re: SVP 13 and GH4 computor build – looking for feedback
on Nov 23, 2014 at 6:52:59 pm

Thanks Mark. Good advice. My "keeping costs low" criteria is a little limiting from a future upgrade perspective I suppose as the motherboard I've chosen doesn't allow 6 or 8 intel core processor upgrades... Perhaps I need to rethink things a bit. What MB did you use or do you have any recommendations?

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Mark Barton
Re: SVP 13 and GH4 computor build – looking for feedback
on Nov 23, 2014 at 7:39:38 pm

Here is the list of items I ordered back in Feb 2011 based on the Videoguys DIY build. My recommendation is not to skimp or bargain shop on the RAM or power supply. If you need to drop to a slower CPU to get better RAM and a power supply, it will be well worth it to avoid the random lockups caused by these components when under the loads of video editing. At the time the NVidia card was the better bet for Sony Vegas, but it seems the AMD cards would be the recommendation today. I don't think it is too common today to upgrade the CPU later on, as you found out, the mother boards don't always support it as the technology changes rapidly. Typically you would get another mother board/CPU and possibly have to replace the RAM too. It is much easier to add RAM, disk drives, and coolers at a later date.

Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced - High Air Flow Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and All-Black Interior
Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold - 800W Power Supply with 80 PLUS Gold Certification and Semi-Modular Cables
EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 6-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Desktop Processor BX80613I7970
Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V10 Hybrid TEC RR-B2P-UV10-GP 120mm CPU Cooler
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders


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Sorin Nicu
Re: SVP 13 and GH4 computor build – looking for feedback
on Nov 23, 2014 at 9:01:24 pm

[Mark Barton] "GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB"

That Fermi card is good choice, a must for MainConcept encoders to work. I have a GTX480 modded in Quadro 6000.

[Mark Barton] "Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 6-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1366"

That's similar to what I have too in a Dell T3500 - the Xeon X5650 variant of your i7.


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Dave Osbun
Re: SVP 13 and GH4 computor build – looking for feedback
on Nov 23, 2014 at 7:59:23 pm

All new systems should have an SSD drive as its main system drive. You can easily find 250gb SSD drives cheap, and saw one today on Amazon for only $90.

Dave


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Sorin Nicu
Re: SVP 13 and GH4 computor build – looking for feedback
on Nov 23, 2014 at 9:05:25 pm

As for SSD, sure, I have a 240GB in my system. Helps with faster boot times, faster loading of programs, but for video editing are useless... They will just wear out really quick.
A RAID0 area from 2 HDD is a much better option.
I am using the intel ICH10R embedded in my motherboard and if fairly fast - but it takes a fast CPU to maximize the performance, since is host-based.


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