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Martin Zinkel
New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on May 3, 2010 at 3:49:37 am

Hello,

I am configuring a PC for CS5 use - HDV editing, Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Soundbooth, Encore

It will need to encode video and burn DVDs, CDs, and interact with an HDV deck, and analog video if possible.

Does anyone have a recommedation?

I have a Z200 spec from HP, and it has Quadro Fx 1800.
I was thinking about the Z400 because you can get the "mercury engine enabled" NVIDIA graphics card Quadro 3800,.

Does anyone think the 3800 is necessary for my needs?

Thanks so Much!

24" iMac 3.06GHz 4GB RAM


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Santanu Bhattacharjee
Re: New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on May 3, 2010 at 6:21:30 am

Core I7 work gr8 with Premiere Pro / After Effects / Photoshop CS5

Use a lot of RAM - 16 GB DDR3

Nvidia Cuda will only help in H264 encoding

Go for win 7 64 bit because that's the only way ahead with huge memory requirements of AE.



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Martin Zinkel
Re: New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on May 3, 2010 at 5:51:26 pm

Thanks Santanu,

Since you referenced the i7 processor, do you have an opinion on going i7 (820) vs. Xenon 3400 or 3500 series?

Thanks!



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Santanu Bhattacharjee
Re: New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on May 3, 2010 at 6:46:12 pm

Oh! This has been discussed several times on hardware forums -

http://www.behardware.com/articles/737-10/report-the-intel-core-i7-in-pract...

But core i7 920 upwards is the way to go


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Brian Louis
Re: New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on May 4, 2010 at 9:48:50 pm

[Martin Zinkel] "I was thinking about the Z400 because you can get the "mercury engine enabled" NVIDIA graphics card Quadro 3800,."
I am going to wait a bit before buying a new graphics card, There are currently 5 cards certified for CS5, supposed to be others soon, I am going to stick with my current card and use whatever extra the Mercury engine will give sans a higher end card



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Martin Zinkel
Re: New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on May 4, 2010 at 10:00:03 pm

It looks like were going with the Z400 and FX 3800. HP just can't be beat right now with their discounts and 3 year warranty on site plan included.

We needed something sooner - I'm working with a 5 yr old Dell desktop, and the hamster inside threatens to go on strike every other day.

Do you have the NVidia Elemental accellerator?
If so, does it really boost encodes by 60-70%?


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Brian Louis
Re: New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on May 5, 2010 at 12:29:05 pm

A former client of mine has CS5 with a quadro card, its fast.
I'm waiting to see what the next generation of video cards is going to be.


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Santanu Bhattacharjee
Re: New PC Workstation for CS5 specs
on Sep 19, 2010 at 5:25:46 pm

The mercury playback Engine of CS5 now supports a wider range of cards - The GTX series too


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