Tips for new HD Editing Rig

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    • #48213

      Upgrading to a new rig to start working with HD video and need some tips on where to improve my setup I have someone making for me. Obviously everything can be improved, but need to know if there are any glaring issues with the following setup. I work with Sony Vegas Video and will be moving up to their HD software soon. Thanks! – Milkman Murdock

      Power Supply – CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W
      Processor – Intel Quad Core i7 2600 3.4GHz – 850Mhz Graphics Processor
      CPU Cooling – Corsair H50
      Intel Motherboard – Asus P8P67 CrossFire/32GB
      DDR3 Memory – Super Talent DDR3-1333 8GB(2X4G) CL9
      Graphics Card – EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB DDR5
      Hard Drive – Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB1
      Optical Drive – LG Electronics WH12LS30 12X Blu-ray SATA Writer Drive
      Operating System – Microsoft Windows 7 HomePremium 64-bit

    • #198192

       Four things that caught my eye and may cause you problems down the road.

      1)  i7 with graphics support (processor with on-board graphics?)

      2)  ATI spec’ed crossfire motherboard (Crossfire is an ATI dual video card spec format. Not sure it will play nice with the nVidia board)

      3)  nVidia graphics card (by itself is fine, with the other issues above may cause you some compatibility headaches)

      4)  Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit

      The three different graphics support give me concern with compatibility issues for you at some point. I would avoid this mix myself.

      I would upgrade Win7 to Pro 64 bit. If it is in the budget, add another hard-drive. Use the 1TB for your editing files and run your OS and programs on a smaller (500GB?) drive. This will break up the drive access between programs and active files for better editing experience.

    • #198193

      Great feedback, I’ll send your thoughts to my builder. How do the specs look though?

    • #198194

      ?”How do the specs look though?”

      On top of what Crafters pointed out, I’d add that 550w power supply won’t be enough to meet the demands of add-ons you’ll need and push HD video (particularly AVCHD) with effects and so on. You might take a look at the 600+ range if your budget will allow it. Also you need an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) to use in the case of surges or blackouts. 200w over the rating of your power supply is a safe measure to compensate for your workstation, any external drives and a monitor of size.

      I’m also thinking you’ll need two extra internal drives as well. As Crafters said, use one to store your edits and finished clips. The other to store your graphics and other files including backups. My suggestion for your main drive is to partition it and make the C: portion the active drive for your OS, programs and immediately accessed files. Use the D: portion purely for storage and file backups. If anything gets corrupted on the C: partition you can always wipe it and start over. Unless the drive fails mechanically, the D: portion should remain uncorrupted and accessible.

      Oh, and don’t ever think about using ‘Home’ anything when considering a PC for a workstation. Use the Pro version as it will allow you plenty of access to maintenance tools (which you will need for keeping an NLE up and running), gives you control over who, how and when they can access the machine and it doesn’t come with all that other crap you don’t need on an NLE workstation.

    • #198195

      I have lots of external drives from all my previous editing, a few TB. Good tips though regarding partitions.

      The only things I was suggested to add were a card reader and a possible video capture card, but what kind I don’t know. Very new to the HD scene and have generally used IEEE for the most part. I suppose we all gotta start somewhere!

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