Best Windows Turnkey Editing System - Three options within
by Howard Mills on Aug 21, 2012 at 3:52:24 pm
Hello, I am in the market for a PP turnkey system and would appreciate some help with choosing (from the 3 choices below) the best bang for the buck ($4,500 budget). I will not be shooting nor editing HD.
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Best Windows Turnkey Editing System - Three options within by Todd Perchert on Aug 22, 2012 at 2:32:06 pm
I agree with Alex. Option 3, even though I really like Supermicro boards - they are solid - but it is a little weak, and Supermicro is usually lagging on features because their primary market is servers.
Option 2 sounds good, but don't know what the motherboard is. If something like Gigabyte, I'd tend to go elsewhere (I'm not a fan of GB).
And option 1, def look at the 420.
I realize this isn't a solid yes/no answer, but there are pluses of each system. Hope it helps.
Re: Best Windows Turnkey Editing System - Three options within by Alex Gerulaitis on Aug 22, 2012 at 8:10:01 pm
[Howard Mills]"P.S. ADK did mention the board will be of "geek/gamer quality.""
From my personal experience, most gamer oriented products have performance / reliability / design ratio not in favor of the latter two. With HP, Dell, Supermicro (and in some instances, Asus) enterprise class (workstation, server, storage) products - it's reliability and serviceability first, design and usability (such as tool-less assembly, health monitoring, etc.) - second. All of that - not necessarily at the expense of performance, but performance does take the back seat to the first two. You just don't see many over-clocked or very "tuneable" servers and workstations.
Bottom line, I just don't see the same amount of engineering poured into gamer / geek systems, as into HP / Dell flagships, and in the end, it does matter - for overall quality and reliability. I want to use a tool that is well and purpose-engineered rather than stitched together from various geek / gamer components.
And hey - it's gotta look "pro", too. Name one geek / gamer case that even remotely approaches the "pro" look (not to mention features and quality) of Z800/820, or T7600 series. Sure, Lian-Li PC-Z70 has that "stealth" enigma, and you can put nine (!) swappable drives into it, and yet there is a world of difference when you actually put them side-by-side and work with them.
Yet on the other hand, a system such as that from ADK (overclocked Ivy Bridge Core i7 with a 670 and fast RAM) - blow the doors off of anything similarly priced from Tier 1 makers, and you'd need to spend $1-3K more to get similar performance from HP or Dell.
Long post, eh?
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(I have to use a shotlink service rather than a direct link to hp.com because Cow mangles HP URLs for some reason.)
It has a six-core Xeon E5-1650 3.20GHz that runs its memory at 1600MHz (and that's a huge performance boost over lower Xeons with 1066MHz memory access), takes up to five drives, nearly any graphics including 670, 680, Quadro 6000, etc.
Its graphics-less and has 8GB RAM out of the box. I'd add a GTX-670 to it, another 8GB RAM (at least), 1-3 media drives, and it's as solid an editing system as any - probably still for under $3K.
(Speaking of which, I should probably soup it up and put it on my web site. It's a good Smartbuy.)
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