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Old 8 February 2013, 11:00   #1
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Hi,

so my cousin wants to buy a new rig for video editing and he asked me to help him but tbh I not very familiar with what hardware you actually need for this kind of work - he's like a semi-professional and he wants to get better at it so he needs some decent hardware. I know that he uses Adobe Premier and After Effects. So as far as I know both Pr and AE mostly use CUDA but in some cases you still need a good CPU. So I've been thinking about something like a i7 3770 CPU and maybe a Nvidia Quadro GPU(the 4000?) and a SSD HD with 16 or even 32GB of RAM. But honestly I have no clue about this. Does anyone know anything about hardware for video editing? I'd be very grateful for any advice.

The budget is 7000PLN ~2250USD

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Old 8 February 2013, 11:18   #2
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Well for the mercury renderer he need gpu with at last 1 GB of ram , about system RAM 16gb is a staring point. SSD is also good idea.

For comfort work in AF and Premier you basically need two things , shit load of ram and very fast hdd or ssd.
Also keep in mind that he should get precalibrated monitor , or hardware to calibrate it him self.

Next in line would be CPU , with GPU being the last concern (not all plugins use cuda)
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Old 8 February 2013, 21:05   #3
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Ok, thanks for the tips. This is what I came up with:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz
GPU: MSI N660Ti 2GD5/OC
RAM: Patriot 4x8GB 1600MHz Viper
Mobo: MSI Z77A-G43
SSD: G.Skill Phoenix III 240 GB
HDDs: Western Digital Red 1TB SATA/600 64MB cache x4(in RAID 1+0)

all this and a PSU, Case and BluRay drive cost around 6000PLN so I still have 1000PLN which can be spent either on some better hardware or a monitor. What do you think?
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If you have a bit of spare cash and video rendering is your interest, I would up the processor to the 39?? series, get a 6 core, will make quite a difference on any rendering throug the CPU as video stuff scales pretty linearly per core.

Also I would question whether going from 16GB of ram to 32GB of ram will provide a strong benefit, as bluray processing etc, doesn't really benefit from data caching as you start at the beginning of the file and travel to the end of the file without revisiting a single point, i.e. 0 cache benefits, and the video transcoding will not require anywhere near that quantity of memory.

I would be tempted to get a slightly bigger SSD, either 300 odd or 400 odd gigs. As you will want all your O.S., programs and your current files you are working with to be on that drive due to the far better latency over your raid combo. I think you will find your 240GB to be rather tight once you have 100-150GB of O.S. + programs, then start putting 40GB blu-ray and output files on there. Just an extra 100GB will give you so much more room to breathe.

As you say you have extra cash, I would lose 16GB of ram, can be added later no probs. I would try to go for a 6 core intel, and a larger SSD.
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Old 9 February 2013, 08:57   #5
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If he has fairly good monitor then go with larger storage space or that CPU that lyla suggest.

If he have some generic LCD , then getting good monitor would be priority.
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Old 10 February 2013, 21:45   #6
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So currently

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz
GPU: MSI N660Ti 2GD5/OC
RAM: Patriot 4x8GB 1600MHz Viper
Mobo: MSI Z77A-GD65
SSD 1: Corsair Force Series GS 360 GB
SSD 2: Kingston 60GB V300
HDDs: Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA/600 7200RPM 64MB cache x4 (in RAID5)

The i7 3930K would cost way too much for our budget so I guess we have to stick to the 3770.

I decided to stay with the 32GB of ram because I still could fit it in the budget and I didn't have anything better to do with it.

As you suggested I've picked a bigger SSD. The idea now is to use one SSD(the bigger one) for system, programs, scratch etc. and the other one for cache, a friend told me that it should work that way if I use Intel Smart Response Technology but he isn't 100% sure, does anyone know this technology?

He has a decent monitor so it's not that urgent.

At the moment to budget is pretty much all used up.

So what do you think?
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Old 11 February 2013, 16:26   #7
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Its will be grat setup for AF/P. And dont worry about CPU.
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