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Starting my first build ever. I'm a complete novice. This build is for me to be able to edit videos with. Budget is around $2k. Only thing I know right now is that I need an nvidia card for cuda core acceleration. Any tips right now to get me started would be great. Do I need a raid configuration? I really need this machine to be safe and back up everything.
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Well first thing is first, how do you feel about water cooling? It isn't absolutely necessary, but it will only help.

I would probably suggest Intel Sandy Bridge-E so that you can grab 2 extra cores which will be real nice for video editing. That will get a little pricey but you may be able to fit it in depending on some other factors.

Do you need to get any peripherals (ie. monitor, keyboard, mouse) included in the 2k? If you do then you may want to go with Ivy or Sandy Bridge instead. If you can wait out a little, Haswell will be coming out and that should be a nice improvement over both Sandy and Ivy.
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Starting my first build ever. I'm a complete novice. This build is for me to be able to edit videos with. Budget is around $2k. Only thing I know right now is that I need an nvidia card for cuda core acceleration. Any tips right now to get me started would be great. Do I need a raid configuration? I really need this machine to be safe and back up everything.

Extra little info please

What software do you plan on using?
How big are your videos?
How much hard drive space are you considering?
Is this a day to day necessity. or an experimental hobby?
2 grand is a lot to drop on a system, so I just want to make sure we all recommend you the BEST you can get for the money
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post #4 of 10
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@ Benpack I'm up for any recommendations, just want the best and learn the process for the future. Monitors are not included in the $2k.

Softwares: Adobe production premium. Mostly Photoshop, premier pro, and after effect. Gonna try my hand on Blender down the road. This system is actually an investment, I want to start shooting event videos for pay and I want an extremely stable machines that are redundant and safe. Can't have it crash and tell my clients that I lost all the footages that I shot.
post #5 of 10
for video card you do not need top of the line.

my sig rig is my video editing machine and it runs premiere pro CS6 incredibly well and renders very quickly.

what camera do you plan to use? do you plan to own or rent camera gear or do you already own your own. as a media professional doing mostly TV freelance camera work, i can tell you that its crucial to have a powerful and reliable computer to edit but the camera gear is going to eat your budget even worse. especially from just the main gear with camera, auido, and tripod. lighting is a totally different monster of expense.

my personal tips for you on just computer. if you want camera and equipment advice i can also help a lot if you need it. (i do mostly documentary field work and ENG/EFP work thats is lots of run and gun type of shooting)

for your video card you will need a nvidia card. you do not need a super expensive one as there is no major performance gains unless you start working with workstation TESLA cards. make sure if you do buy a high end card that you do not waste your money on a card with 2 processors such as the GTX 590 or 690 as Adobe CS6 will only take advantage of half of the card because the adobe suite does not currently take advantage of SLI or multiple GPUs.

for CPU more cores are better. honestly my 3770K at 4.6GHz works wonders. you will not need water cooling as that is truly not at all necessary unless you do an extreme overclock. if you do overclock make sure its SUPER STABLE. if it can fold for like 7 days straight without crashing you should be pretty safe. i let my rig fold for an entire month a while back while i was working a TV contract and didnt edit at home.

SSD are your friend. make your boot drive an SSD and install CS6 on that drive as well. if your budget can float it make a large SSD your scratch drive. and then use mech drives for storage. RAID is definitely a very good idea.

Also depending on what type of footage you are working with such as HD, 2K or above will decide how much ram you will want. honestly for regular HD footage out of DSLR cameras 16GB is plenty to render video in premiere while also running photoshop, speedgrade, and after effects at the same time. most top of the line pro workstations for video have 2GB RAM per each thread on the CPU. you dont need that but with pros money is generally not a limiting factor on equipment

*The only way to use 2 GPUs at the same time is when you combine a tesla card with a quadro card to make a Maximus setup http://www.nvidia.com/object/maximus.html


My sig rig without my GPU was just under $900 at microcenter. I still need to add more storage space but overall my rig is a complete work computer that is fairly easy to upgrade. i would have bought a larger case but went with reliable and cheap lol. The smartest thing you can do is buy into whatever the newest and best CPU chipset there is if your budget can handle it. That way down the road you can upgrade your CPU without needing to buy a new mobo as well. and even if you went with something like my sig rig, you can still upgrade CPU and mobo and everything else will still work perfect in your video workstation thumb.gif

these links will help you a lot:

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/davtechtable/extreme-hardware-performance-hardware-featuring-hp-and-nvidia/

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html

http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/creativesuite/production/cs6/pdfs/adobe-hardware-performance-whitepaper.pdf

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/525263
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Wow thanks a lot conspiracy. I'm just working with DSLR footage for now but I want to be able to work with raw in the future (specifically black magic cinema camera). Ofcourse, I would like this to be as cheap as possible. You're an actual professionals and you only spend $900 which sounds awesome. There is no guarantee that I'll make money after I got all the pieces together so I would like this to be as cheap as possible. There is still a lot of things for me to learn since I'm still a beginner. I will definitely check out your links but if you have any more that would help a total beginner, that will be great. BTW, can you explain to me why a RAID system are good?
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im more knowledgeable on cameras and film/video equipment.

but basically with a RAID setup your computer information is backed up and shared among various harddrives so if one drive fails you dont lose everything on that drive. i had help putting my computer together as it was my first time building one and im not an advanced computer user.

once i use programs to edit im good. but computer hardware is not my thing other than know what hardware is good and needed to edit video and how to build a computer tongue.gif

ask me a question about cameras and what camera is best for a certain type of production and i can write all day about that haha nerdsmiley.png
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As a professional editor for 30 years I can give you a slightly different angle on a system that is used with CS6 and Blender for clients.

The system I use is based on an HP Z820 computer which after discounts was $10,000. The 16TB. Dulce raid array was $7,000. I needed a system that could handle a wide range of media codecs. From h.264 to Red which both put a lot of demands on a machine. A multi disk external raid is important as well.

Remember the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine determines how smooth your editing experience is. In order to get the best performance it needs fast processors, lots of ram. fast i/o of media and its wise to have an Nvidia CUDA based card as well.

Its sounds like a lot of money. But 5 years ago the Avid suite I worked in cost about $150,000 to assemble. 20 years ago the CMX edit bay I worked in cost 1.5 million. biggrin.gif

Heres a link to some of my work. www.hdshotsandcuts.com
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Holy crap 10k? I don't think I need that much tech lol
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thats fairly normal for a cheap pro editing system tongue.gif
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