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Anthony DeGennaro
Question on Dell Precision Workstation
on Jun 14, 2013 at 12:46:29 am

Hello all!

I'm new here - great to be a part of the community!

I am about to purchase a new computer to do all of my video-editing on. I edit using Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8.0. I will be editing a lot of green screen footage, some HD footage too, so the file sizes are pretty hefty! The laptop I currently have, a Dell Inspiron with an i5 and 4 GB RAM, is CONSTANTLY lagging, hanging up in the middle of rendering, overheating, and just not doing the job.

I'm currently looking at purchasing a Dell Precision T3600 from here:

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=swct36m&model_id=p...

This computer seems to fit my needs. I am only going to be using this computer for editing/rendering my videos, nothing else. I'm a total noob when it comes to computer hardware; I've researched it for several hours, but still have much to learn.

I would be extremely grateful if anyone could help me out with the following question:

My budget is approximately $1200. I can upgrade this T3600 Workstation a bit, i.e. upgrading to a better CPU OR to a better graphics card, but probably not both. My options are the following:

1) Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1607 (Four Core, 3.0GHz, 10M) [add $32.20] with NVIDIA® Quadro® K600, 1GB, 1 DP & 1 DVI-I (DP-DVI & DVI-VGA adapters) [add $77.00]

2) Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1607 (Four Core, 3.0GHz, 10M) [add $32.20] with Dual NVIDIA® Quadro® K600, 1GB, 2 cards w/ 1 DP & 1 DVI-I each, (2 DP-DVI & 2 DVI-VGA adapters) [add $206.50]

3) Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1620 (Four Core 3.6GHz, 10M, Turbo) [add $175.70] with NVIDIA® Quadro® K600, 1GB, 1 DP & 1 DVI-I (DP-DVI & DVI-VGA adapters) [add $77.00]

4) Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-1607 (Four Core, 3.0GHz, 10M) [add $32.20] with 1.0GB NVIDIA® Quadro® 2000, Dual MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI [add $346.50]

So basically, should I be putting more money into the CPU or the graphics card? Is it better for me to have two average graphics cards, or one really nice graphics card?

Sorry for the long message! Thank you SO much for your help, everyone!

Have a fantastic day!
Tony
http://www.captaincatholic.net

PS: Last thing - do you think I should go with 8 GB of non-ECC memory, or 4 GB or ECC memory? I'm leaning towards the former because it's twice as much RAM.


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