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Stefan Lakovic
What should I upgrade or add to my configuration?
on Jan 18, 2014 at 9:57:59 am

Hi all, with each passing day I'm getting better and adjusting to Davinci Resolve. I am very happy with my system, but I know I have to go to work to improve things more smoothly. Now I'm working with h.264 files and am now begun with the 5D MRK3 RAW Footage.

My pc:

-Asus P9X79-WS
-Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB OC
-32GB G.Skill 1600Mhz-
-Corsair AX750W
-Noctua D14 SE-2011
-Cooler Master HAF-X

-Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bits

C: 256GB Samsung 840 PRO (Os / App)
D: 2x Caviar Black 1TB RAID 0 (Media / Projects / Cache)
E: Caviar Black 1TB (Export / Media Cache)
F: Caviar Green 1TB (D: Backups)
G: Caviar Green 500GB (Music, movies, etc.)

-Dell UltraSharp-3014 (Calibration) (main monitor)
-Philips (I do not remember the exact model is 19 "and is 10 years old. I use it for scopes, and Premiere Pro for the media)

My first idea was to add new drives . As 2x 256gb Samsung Pro 840 , or just a SSD, or more HDDs. Or a second GPU. Maybe a BlackMagic Hardware.

What do I need to use a third monitor as a reference?

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits or Windows 8.1 Pro 64Bits?

Thank You

Could someone recommend me what would be the best optimal settings of the hard disk ?

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Timo Teravainen
Re: What should I upgrade or add to my configuration?
on Jan 18, 2014 at 9:45:33 pm

Hi, your system looks nice, a good gpu and mobo.

If I were you I'd get a Blackmagic Ultrastudio SDI card or an Intensity card with USB3 interface, to output your image via HDMI or SDI to a grading monitor, which could be a good quality calibrated plasma display, Panasonic VT50 series for example. Or better still, a Sony OLED or some other reference monitor.

A GPU with 3-6 GB VRAM would also be great, especially if you're working with larger than HD image sizes in the future. You may need a larger power supply with 2 GPU:s.

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