Originally Posted by Dekaewt
Thanks for the huge reply... I skimmed through the first one and pretty much read the other two. It looks like I'll be overclocking and probably adding more RAM. I'd like to move to socket 2011, but I don't have the funds right now for a system overhaul. A hexa-core would be fantastic but I think I will save that until I get more in depth with it and really need the extra power. $40 is a small investment to give it an extra boost while I save up for a whole new set up. And overclocking is free! I'm all about that!
12 GB of RAM and 4 ghz here I come!
+REP for the awesome replies
Glad the articles helped. They should help start you down the path for determining what type of hardware is required for smooth workflows (based on the work you are doing), followed by a better understanding of how to pinpoint the bottlenecks, as .:hybrid:.
pointed out. Picking this knowledge up as you get more into editing will help determine the WHAT, WHEN, and WHY for your upgrades; saving you a good bit of cash on parts that give only minimal returns or paying a premium to have someone else figure it out for you.
And based on even the little bit that I know about your system and your workflows, I think the RAM upgrade will give you the biggest bang for your buck right now. The upgrade should speed up even simple workflows since you're currently only running 1.5GB/core, and doubling that figure to 3GB/core for $40 is pretty much a no-brainer. And if you really want to splurge, you could triple your RAM for ≈ $25 more. Even at $65, I can't see how you'll go wrong here. One strong suggestion I do have here though is to buy RAM that is of the same brand, speed, and timings
of what you currently have in the system to minimize any compatibility issues.Looking Forward
- A few other thoughts to consider, and a bit off topic
I also agree with holding off on a new system. Your X58 system may not be the fastest kid on the block right now, but it's still a damn good system to build on. Chipsets are just as important as the processor in video editing, and the X58 has plenty of throughput (unlike the P67, Z68, or Z77) to handle a x16 nVidia GPU (for the Cuda cores), dedicated x4/x8 RAID card(s), a video acceleration/effects card specific to your NLE platform, and a basic sound card to replace the CPU-dependent onboard sound...all stuff you can bring along when you do take the plunge into a new system.
Which brings me to one of the first big steps you'll probably take money-wise, and the same topic Ryleh
touched on; your storage subsystem. Spend some time looking at this as your next upgrade. My guess is that your research will lead you here as your next major need. There are some great storage guides out there as it relates to video editing, so I don't want to rehash much of what has already been written on the topic. Here are a couple worth reading...and be sure to take a close look at RAID 3 in the second article.Generic Guideline for Disk SetupTo RAID or not to RAID, that is the question
An inexpensive goal to shoot for until you start looking at real hardware RAID
would something along the following:
- Physical Drive/Array 1: OS, Apps, & Pagefile - For raw speed, get a SSD (min 256GB). For space, look at a VelociRaptor
- Physical Drive/Array 2: Videos & Other Data - the faster the better, so think RAID 0 as a starting point. Down the road, you can migrate over to hardware RAID with parity arrays (RAID 3 or 30 being optimal) for blazing speed and redundancy
- Physical Drive 3: Scratch Disk, Exports, Renders - Perfect spot for something like a WD Black series (single disk or JBOD)
- Internal/External Drive: Backups - Something like this enclosures with the cheapest drive of the size you need would be perfect, and allow you to change drives as your needs grow
Finally, your comments on the LGA-2011 (X79) platform as a potential upgrade were spot on for today's market. This is the first platform in the entry-level NLE workstation market since the X58 that has enough system throughput to truly scale as you add high-end components. As an added plus, I've seen instances where people are running the E5-26xx series Xeons in some of these boards (such as the Asus P9X79 Pro
), providing an additional option to upgrade to an 8-core system...assuming you have enough editing work to afford something like a Xeon E5-2687W
or they drop in price to a point that doesn't require a second mortgage.
That said, my personal feelings are that you still have other areas that would offer better returns on your investment by filling them first, but what's important is gaining the knowledge to be able to identify chipset designs that will meet and grow with your needs...as well as limitations that can become roadblocks. The offerings are likely to change by the time you are ready for a system overhaul, but I think you'll be in a great position by that time to separate the wheat from the chaff.