OK, I have had the same computer for the past 2.5 years and it has worked great but now that I am starting to use DaVinci Resolve Lite and testing Premiere CS6 I am realizing it is finally time to upgrade my computer. I am not a gamer.
UPDATE: This computer is not just for my current DSLR cameras, I can see in a couple of years using cameras that shoot RAW video as well and at double the resolution.
While all my friends and family think I am some sort of computer genus when it comes to helping them with their computers, I know enough to know I know very little compare to others when building a system. So I need some help and have a few questions.
Yes it’s Windows Build – Sorry Mac Users
First off I need to tell you that I am a Windows user, so let’s just get that part out of the way first, I know over 30% of the visitors that follow me use a Mac, and if you want you can leave me a comment and say that I should buy a Mac that’s fine but I’m not going to. It’s not that I don’t like Macs, in fact my very first computer was a Mac and it was so much better than a PC at the time, but I am comfortable with PC and I know it really well. I have haven’t had the blue screen of death in ages.
What I Have Now
I think it is important first to let you know what I have currently. I got a HP Desktop i7-930 2.8GHz 12gig of RAM using a MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB GDDR5 graphics card with 100 CUDA cores.
I don’t need a monster of a system that costs $6,000 with 32 cores, I don’t usually have clients in the room so if I am dropping a few frames here and there it is not a big thing for me, so my budget is around $2,000. And I need it to be quiet as what I have now.
So after doing some research this is the part list that I came up with:
- i7-3930k 3.2g 6 core at $569. This seems to be the most cost effective and bang for the buck CPU out there for video editing. Not sure I will get the K unlocked version because I have never overclocked something in my life. UPDATE: after reading everyone’s comments how easy it is to overclock this thing with the MB I have picked below I am going to give that I try.
- ASUS P9X79 Pro motherboard at $300, it has 8 DIMM’s so I can have 64G of RAM if I want to. And it has USB 3 which will be nice for offloading SD cards faster than my current USB2.
32G RAM Kingston4 slots 8Gig each $250 UPDATE: from the comments this does not seem to be the best RAM for the build, I am looking at more options now. Since I am now going to overclock getting RAM greater than 1600MHz, like 1866MHzor 2133MHz. I went with the 1600MHz.
- GTX 680 2GB $470 the GTX 670 cost $100 less and seems to perform just as well so I might go with that one if I need to save money somewhere. Juan Salvo who is a colorist recommended I get the GTX 680 “FTW” 4gb version which costs $560. Either EGVA or MSI. I made overclock this card, it sounds easy to do. It sounds like Premiere will work with only one card.
Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Cooler $30 from the reviews it sounds like this fan is very quiet.UPDATE: Since I am overclocking now, I am looking at a different cooler. I’m looking at the Corsair H100i liquid cooler right now with two noctua NF-F12-PWM fans. Carbine Corsair 400R case $100 I have not check but I hope the graphics card can fit. UPDATE: many people suggested the Fractal Design Define R4 which I am looking at now.UPDATE 2: Now I am looking at the NZXT Phantom Case at $120. Corsair 850Watt power supply $140 not sure I need that much but I might add more drives in the future.UPDATE: I am actually thinking of backing down a bit and using a 750Watt Cooler Master GX 750Watt at $129.
- Already have a Kington 480G SATA3 SDD for my C or OS drive that I would just move over to the new computer, and a 3TB hard drive for my media. What I am thinking is buying another SDD but smaller for the OS drive, using the Kingston 480 for a scratch drive and then the 3TB for the rest of my media files.
- Windows 7 Pro so I can use 32G of RAM.
- Reuse my existing DVD drive
- As for backup I have a system in place that I have used for years that is extremely simple and has never failed me, but I am open to other ideas like a raid system if they help with performance but to be honest I know little about RAID systems.
- After I have it built I will hold off for awhile to do a RAID or any overclocking for a month or so.
One of the questions I have for you is should I build this myself or find a vendor that can put this together for me. I think I have the patience and the knowledge to put together myself but to be honest I would rather spend a bit more and have someone build it for me. I don’t know much about thermal paste. If you guys wanted to watch me build it myself I can do a video on that as long as if I ran into a snag you could help me out.
UPDATE: So many people commented that I should build it myself that I am going to have to give this a try. I might even do a Google Hangout of the build.
RAID or Not to RAID
I am getting comments like this one, so I am thinking about not doing a RAID 1 for speed:
SSD drive, I get avg 400MB/sec without RAID, so I think you should be ok without RAID
Thanks to all the people that have commented here and on YT with all their advise!
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