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I'm planning on building a PC at the end of this year, as i want high performance for video editing and gaming. I've been researching about which components are best. For the processor i'd rather have an i7 but may go for AMD x6 when the time comes and i don't have enough money. For memory i'll use 2*4GB for AMD or 3*4GB for Intel, so there will be room for upgrade if i need to.

What I really need to know is what to use in terms of HDs. I've heard that SSDs are the ideal thing to use for a boot drive, so i'll probably get one, but i'm only 15 without a job so i don't have infinite amounts of money to spend. I'll need to install windows 7 ultimate x64 (obviously), alongside Adobe Creative Suite CS5(.5?), MS Office 10, Sony Vegas, SolidWorks, Cinema 4D and MS Visual Studio 10 as my main programs (possibly a couple of games like COD as well).

I've just read about Hibernation files, and i've decided that this/these can be on a separate HD. Is this a good idea? As for those i believe that two independant HDDs (one for source footage, one for rendered videos) will be very fast and effective?

So.. what i need to know is:

1. Is it worth spending a lot more money for i7 over AMD x6 for VFX and gaming?

2. What size SSD (and type/make) will i need for a boot disk with those main applications?

3. Is the two independant HDDs (one read, one write) a good idea?

4. Will putting the hibernation files on one of the HDDs work?

5. Which graphics card would you recommend (1GB GDDR5 plus)?


Thanks a lot to any who reply

P.S. I'm HOPING to have around £1200 spendable money by the time i build this
post #2 of 8
1. It depends how 'urgent' are the tasks you make - it you can leave can accept a performance hit, then go AMD. Fwiw the price difference in % rarely translates in a similar performance boost.
2. Minimum 80GB, anything less and it would be too cramped for all those programs.
3. Looks like a good idea, though I haven't tried it myself.
4. Hyberfil.sys, the hibernation file is always on the OS partition, can't be moved.
5. Anything Nvidia since most of the softs you use benefit from CUDA. Youprobably can fit in your budget a GTX460 1GB or a 560 1GB (despite the name difference the performance is about the same)

cheers
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Any advice we can give you now will change in 4 months, when prices are different. There will be new CPUs out, RAM prices will be different, storage prices will be different - and heck, there may even be a new generation of videocards by then.

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3. Is the two independant HDDs (one read, one write) a good idea?
It can be. That's ideal if you're copying from Drive A to Drive B.

But if you're encoding (say, from 200mbit source footage to 20mbit footage) then RAID-0 might be better, because one drive will be overloaded and the other won't be running close to its max speed.

If you're just editing and dumping back at the same bitrate, two independent drives would be good.

I have also heard that some of those programs benefit from SSD scratchdisks - but I don't know a huge amount about that.
     
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dragosmp,

Thanks for the reply and the information. Are you sure that 80GB will be enough to store those program files as well as the OS and hibernation file (and pagefile)? I'm not disagreeing just curious

As for the graphics card, i was actually just looking at the 560 Not sure which one (if either of these two) i should go for though:
http://www.ebuyer.com/267731-asus-gt...ii-oc-2di-1gd5
http://www.ebuyer.com/267865-gigabyt...-gv-n56goc-1gi
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Kramy,

I realise that everything will have changed by then, but i'd like to know this stuff now so that i know what to look for when the time comes

I'm not sure what bitrate i'm encoding at, but what i can tell you is that (for now) it's using footage from COD etc. recorded using the BlackMagic Intensity (which i also have to buy) to use in montages. I plan to record my footage to the first HDD, so using that as a 'read' disk and then render the montages to the second.

I'm not sure what SSD scratchdisks are so i'll go and research that a bit now

Cheers
post #6 of 8
Do you even need hibernation? That's usually something mainly used for laptops. I always disable it on my desktops. That will free up a lot of space.
post #7 of 8
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Phantom_Dave,

That's a very good point The only time i'll ever need to keep my PC on is if i'm rendering a large edit at night (which hopefully shouldn't take too long anyway with this setup), or if i'm downloading something. In both cases i can just tell it to sleep afterward. Besides, i don't even use Hibernate on my laptop...

So that's 10GB extra space on the SSD, but i still have no idea if it will be enough. From Creative Suite i could just keep Photoshop and After Effects on it because they're the only two i use...
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Off topic here, so you know, I believe the 2011 Autodesk Suite is available for free to anyone with a school email. So ask your school for an email or if you dual enroll with a local college you can get an address with them. Just saying it might be good in addition to Solidworks. I'm using both for my high school classes. BTW I'm 16
    
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