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Hi,

With the development demise of Xpress Pro HD, Avid is offering the upgrade to Media Composer for only $495 (for those of you not familiar with this software, it runs $5k any day of the week)

Unfortunately, the software will not run with my slightly outdated Avid Mojo Accelerator (non-sdi), so the time has come to update the Pentium D i've been cruising along on. They've agreed to kick around $2500 for the whole upgrade.

This leaves me $2K for hardware.

The computer absolutely requires an Nvidia Quadro card (already have an FX-1400).

I was thinking of going the skulltrail route. While keeping in mind that it will be out of date sooner than i would like, its a very fast upgrade for the present, and building a quad now then wanting to build again in a few months may not go over that well.

The Q9450 doesnt look bad with the extra cache (Maya, the other big usage application likes cache), but the 8x multi needs a high fsb board. My instinct would be to go X38 here, but I'm only speculating. Would love some suggestions =)

I'll obviously be posting pictures of the company money going to good use when it happens
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If your looking for the best of the best right now Skulltrail would be the way to go. Or if you want to go down the single quad route an X48 board and a Q6700 would most likey yield a better OC.
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If your looking for the best of the best right now Skulltrail would be the way to go. Or if you want to go down the single quad route an X48 board and a Q6700 would most likey yield a better OC.
thanks, how well has the q6700 faired with the x48... mmore importantly, what kind of fsb have you been able to attain?
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A Q6700 should shave against 4.0 Ghz, but I'd probably get a Q9450 anyway, or wait and get the Q9550 when it's available for your rig. Skulltrail may not be a good option, since you end up losing in memory performance and 771 processor cost what you might gain.

Consider an X48 board and DDR3 instead, since you have the budget. Then you can run your Q9450 right up to its max clock and still run your memory on a 2:1 divider.

Alternatively, you could buy a Q6600, P35, DDR2, Etc., spend only $1000, and then tell your bosses you'll need the rest for Nehalem in a year.
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Ok, these are my suggestions:
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115039
$379.99
Motherboard: Asus P5E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131219
$224.99
Memory: 8GB gEil Evo 1 PC2-6400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144211
$329.99
Storage Array: 3x Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB in RAID 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152100
$529.47
CPU Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001
$44.99
TIM: Arctic Cooling MX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186020
$6.99
PSU: Corsair HX620
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139002
$164.99
Blu Ray:Lite-On DH-401s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106227
$129.99
DVD Writer: Samsung SHS-202N
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151155
$26.99
Case: Antec P180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129154
$129.99
Operating System: XP Pro SP2 x64 OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116378
$134.99
TOTAL: $2083.87
This does not include rebates available of $50.
In total, you pay around $30
This has plenty of disk space, a large amount of memory, and plenty of quad core 45nm power. This will last you to Nehalem, and will provide the sort of power a workstation wants, Blu Ray and others. If you want to overclock your 45nm quad core, there is a Tuniq Tower 120 to cool it, which I believe represents great value to money.
    
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He can't use that much RAM if he's not using a 64-bit system though

(I'm assuming he's using a 32-OS because 64-bit has issues)
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I've changed my list, as sLowEnd makes a very good point.

Now fast ram and bluray take priority
    
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He can't use that much RAM if he's not using a 64-bit system though

(I'm assuming he's using a 32-OS because 64-bit has issues)
Nope, everything is 64-bit. Avid only recognizes 3 GB, but maya has a 64 bit build, as does 3DS Max, both of which are used extensively.

But as an update to this, we're going X48 with a Q9450. As for the RAM, We arenn't planning on shelling out for DDR3-2000 (what a surprise), and i don't know if 1333 is worth the price premium. That being said, I've noticed prices coming down on the 1800 modules, that seems quick enough to make up for the higher latencies. If DFI puts out a DDR3 X48 that's where we'll go.
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Nope, everything is 64-bit. Avid only recognizes 3 GB, but maya has a 64 bit build, as does 3DS Max, both of which are used extensively.

But as an update to this, we're going X48 with a Q9450. As for the RAM, We arenn't planning on shelling out for DDR3-2000 (what a surprise), and i don't know if 1333 is worth the price premium. That being said, I've noticed prices coming down on the 1800 modules, that seems quick enough to make up for the higher latencies. If DFI puts out a DDR3 X48 that's where we'll go.
Actually, looking on Avid's web page, it only supports 32bit.

The P5E seems to be a very good board.
Remember, DDR2 is very cheap and only has a slight performance difference
You can buy nearly 8 gigs of ddr2 for 2gb of ddr3. I know which i'd choose.

I would still suggest you had a raid array, but since you want a faster CPU, perhaps skip the raptors and have a 4 disk Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB raid 5 array?
    
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My list reflects the changes you want
    
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