intro and advice
Great website. Thanks for all the information on offer... my kinda guy is the video guy!
Well..I wanted to say hello first... and I am here because I am gonna gradualy build a new system on the most limited of finances. Basicly the cash from the beloved record collection I have decided to sell on ebay is being put into this new system!
So, my long-term plans are for a 64Bit Dual 3.2ghz system for 3ds max, after effects and avid pro editing... however, this is way out of my budget, so I have been researching for ages and I am going to have to start small and buy stuff which can eventualy be upgraded to the full potential.
Right now I have:
A PCH-DL mother board (new)
2 x 604 pin 533 p4 2ghz processors (2nd hand)
2x thermaltake xeon heatsinks/fans (new)
That's it..and trust me, that was a lot of record sales to even get this far.
So...I was starting to look for a case and psu and I've encountered my first problem. I want a server case, which I think will suit me better for easy access to upgrade etc plus lots of hard-drives but.. I have heard that now I need a special PSU, which is totaly new to me! I have been quoted Â£200. I was expecting to pay about Â£50 max. This is a real downer, I am running out of records fast.
So... Any general advice?
Also..the ram...do I have to have all four slots filled? Looking at your under $3000 page I get the impression it would be ok with just two. I will get 2x 1GB to start with and once I know all up and running I will expand with another 2x1gb.
A bit more about my background... I've been working in digital video realm for ages. 10+ years now. Wow..loads of projects, tv, film, indie etc etc. UK, USA mainly. I was originaly trained on Lightworks (4 years), then Avid Media Composer until I went it alone and got me a mega PII 233 with Pinnacle dv300 and Premiere 4 Now I am running a really bruised and battered old P3 1.7ghz, media raid (200GB) 1gig ram, pinnacle dc2000 etc. etc... really on its last legs. I have also been using premier for years. Still on premier 6.0... I've worked with Boxx systems too. Obviously I am trying to build a bit of both machine... good for 3d/After EFfects but also a solid edit suite which can eventualy do HDV too.
So my stuff at present is old..but I have a lot of work ongoing. I used to work in TV but opted out and now just specialise in my own productions/music vids/documentaries etc etc. I like it this way.
Anyway, I'm totaly pleased to have found an active forum video geeks like me.. hello... nice to meet you all... looking forward to it.