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chustace
New System Specs, Input please
on Dec 20, 2006 at 3:46:25 pm

I am thinking about building a new system I am running an AMD 4800+ with ATI cards. I have just installed AVID XPress, and have had some problems with the ATI video cards. So what I think I should do is build dedicated machine! My wife is gonna kill me! LOL Below are a few specs for your purusal. Which do you think would work best? Do you think I should do something different. I would like to keep the $$ down to the minium if possible.
Thx.

SYSTEM 1
APEVIA (ASPIRE) MX-PLEASURE-AL Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case ATX 500W dual fan w/ automatic fan speed control

ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model OCZ2SOE8001G (2 gigs total)

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000KDRTL 400GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - Retail (video drive)

Western Digital Caviar SE WD2000JB 200GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM (System Drive)

PNY VCQFX1400-PCIE-PB Quadro FX1400 128MB DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

Subtotal: $1,295.93

SYSTEM 2

APEVIA (ASPIRE) X-Navigator ATXA9NW-BL/500 Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX 500W daul 12V (Ver. 2.03) Power Supply -

ASUS P5LD2 R2.0 Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

OCZ S.O.E 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2SOE6672GK - Retail

PNY VCQFX1400-PCIE-PB Quadro FX1400 128MB DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD4000KDRTL 400GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JB 160GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

Subtotal: $1,664.92

SYSTEM 3
I am not sure about this system as far as the configuration, I am unfamiliar with Xeon processors.

Thermaltake Damier V5000C Blue 1.0 mm SECC Chassis Aluminum made Front Door Modern Tower Xaser V Damier Computer Case - Retail

SUPERMICRO X6DAL-G Dual Socket mPGA604 Intel E7525 ATX Server Motherboard - Retail

PNY VCQFX560-PCIE-PB Quadro FX560 128MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

Antec True Power Trio TP3-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Retail

Intel Xeon 5060 Dempsey 3.2GHz Socket 771 Active or 1U Processor Model BX805555060A - Retail

Kingston ValueRAM 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333 (PC 2700) System Memory Model KVR333X64C25/1G - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Retail

Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JB 80GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM

SONY Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1615/B2s - OEM

Subtotal: $1,992.87


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Evan Newsome
Re: New System Specs, Input please
on Dec 20, 2006 at 10:10:44 pm

First of all if you have a problem, be sure to update all your drivers for your NLE software and video card... along with sound card, etc...

If that doesn't fix it (your free fix) then just buy a new video card that is compatible. I would only suggest building a new computer if you plan to edit videos for a living.

If you don't edit for a living... I would suggest getting a separate OS hard drive, for yourself, w/ only NLE software loaded (of course windows, too) and just connect it up when you plan to edit. And separate HDD for clips.


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chustace
Re: New System Specs, Input please
on Dec 21, 2006 at 1:03:51 am

[quote="LeeAVP"]First of all if you have a problem, be sure to update all your drivers for your NLE software and video card... along with sound card, etc...

If that doesn't fix it (your free fix) then just buy a new video card that is compatible. I would only suggest building a new computer if you plan to edit videos for a living.

If you don't edit for a living... I would suggest getting a separate OS hard drive, for yourself, w/ only NLE software loaded (of course windows, too) and just connect it up when you plan to edit. And separate HDD for clips.[/quote

Actually, I do do this for a living. I am a photographer primarily, but have been working in video for the last 20 years. NOW, what I have done in the past is hire the video crew and editing post production facilities. But with the advent of great technology, I am doing this in a very nice, cozy studio. I have been using Liquid 7 for over a year (progressed from version 6). I just needed to go to the next level of production! Thus the purchase of XPress. If I build another machine, I would keep this machine for all my day to day stuff (billing, email photoshop etc etc.) I would then build a new machine for NLE only. I think this is probably the best bet. I can go ahead and purchase the Video Card and then put it in the new machine when I build it. I think it is important to have a dedicated machine don't you? I mean from a standpoint of background applications taking up CPU power, possible virus infection from emails, etc indangering your video projects.

Just thinking out loud, Thx for your input. I found your DIY5 project ( http://www.videoguys.com/DIY5.html) and am following those guidelines.

Thx.

Curtis


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Evan Newsome
Re: New System Specs, Input please
on Dec 21, 2006 at 1:35:55 am

Sorry, I had no idea you were doing it for a living... but when you read "I just installed express" "my wife is going to kill me" " should I build a dedicate machine" I just assumed, hobbyist.

Yes go with DYI 5.

FYI I run Photoshop on my NLE. You might transfer that over when you have it built.


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chustace
Re: New System Specs, Input please
on Dec 21, 2006 at 2:05:10 am

LeeAVP: Sorry, I had no idea you were doing it for a living... but when you read "I just installed express" "my wife is going to kill me" " should I build a dedicate machine" I just assumed, hobbyist.

Yes go with DYI 5.

FYI I run Photoshop on my NLE. You might transfer that over when you have it built.


Yes, She does all my books and she sees how much I am spending!! LOL I make it back 10 fold, but she can get pretty tight with the $$ when she wants too, especially around Christmas! Smile LOL

Thx.


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