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New Computer Specs

Postby Helen » Tue May 01, 2012 11:48 pm

Hi
I am in the process of getting quotes for a new computer and would like some advice on whether these specs will be suitable for my video editing. I still have an old mini dvtape camera that I capture through firewire, but I do get lots of different types of video footage from different people some that I have had trouble editing on my current system.

One store suggested these specs

Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core 3.4GHz (1155) CPU 8MB
Asus P8Z68-M-Pro MB
Asus GTX 560 D5 1G PCIe Video Card
Western Digital 1TB Green Power 64M Sata3 HDD WD10EARX (I would have two of these)
G Skill 16GB XL (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 w/Heatsink CL9
IEEE1394 Firewire 400 PCI Card

Another store said that the above CPU and MB were not available any more and recommended:

Intel S1155 Core i7 3770 3.40Ghz Quad Core CPU
ASUS S1155 P8Z77-V Motherboard
NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti 1GB ASUS PCIeVideo Card PN ENGTX560-T1-DC2-1GD5
1TB Hitachi 3.5" 7200rpm SATA 3Gb/x HDD (I would have two of these)
DDR3 16GB (2x8G) G Skill 1600Mhaz Ram Kit
4 Port Firewire PCI Sunix IEEE 1394A Card

I would upgrade to Windows 7 Pro 64bit and I was also planning on adding a couple of my current harddrives into the system as storage.

Any suggestions on these specs.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Wed May 02, 2012 1:58 am

Just my perspective:-

For a desktop system I would avoid Western Digital 'green' drives, or in fact any 'green' drive. These have rotation speeds of 5,900 rpm compared to 'standard' drives that have rotation speeds of 7,200.

I am no expert in this and am happy to be told that I am wrong. :-D ....but I think that your suggested system one is based on an Intel Sandy Bridge processor. This has just been replaced by the Ivy Bridge range which is in your suggested system two. That may be why the system two supplier said it was no longer available. All of the reviews that I have read show just a very marginal speed improvement of Ivy Bridge over Sandy Bridge so I would go with Sandy Bridge as it should be cheaper for virtually the same performance.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby VernonRobinson » Wed May 02, 2012 9:59 am

I would concur with what John said, especially about the drives. This is the slowest component in the process. If your budget can withstand the strain you might want to consider going with a Solid State Drive (SSD) in order to further improve performance. Though reducing in price, they are still a tad expensive for the larger sizes. For that reason I would recommend it for the Operating System and keep the 7200 rpm drive for your project storage requirements. In either case your system will be more than capable of handling your editing requirements.

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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Helen » Thu May 03, 2012 3:26 am

Thanks John and Vernon.

Has any one heard any bad reports about the video card as one computer store said that the video card has a high failure rate.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Dave McElderry » Thu May 03, 2012 5:21 am

Helen wrote:Thanks John and Vernon.

Has any one heard any bad reports about the video card as one computer store said that the video card has a high failure rate.


I'd stick with NVIDA myself. I've had less than stellar experiences with ASUS customer service. PM me if you want the long version.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Peru » Thu May 03, 2012 7:37 am

Dave McElderry wrote:
I'd stick with NVIDIA myself.


And if you ever want to upgrade to Premiere Pro, you will want a CUDA approved Nvidia card.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Thu May 03, 2012 8:52 am

Just to clarify I think that both cards are ASUS versions of the nVidia GTX560.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Dave McElderry » Thu May 03, 2012 5:28 pm

How about one of these Helen?

http://www.evga.com/articles/00679/

Fastest ever, and I guarantee you'll be the first one on your block to own one. PC Mag calls it "obscenely expensive" at a list of $999.99.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Helen » Thu May 03, 2012 7:32 pm

Thanks Dave, I'll put that on my wish list for when I win lotto :-D

The link wouldn't work for me Dave, but is it the GTX690?

So I should make sure the cards are genuine nVidia GTX560, rather than the ASUS version.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Dave McElderry » Thu May 03, 2012 7:57 pm

Sorry about the link. I guess it has to do with you being from "down under." Yes, it's the GTX 690. That's okay....you'd probably have to get a beefier power supply too. That's a good question that you might want to ask about too, what the power supply wattage is on the quoted systems. NVIDIA specs call for a minimum system power of 500W for the GTX 560.
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Helen » Thu May 03, 2012 8:55 pm

The power supplies I have been quote are 650W and 700W
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Re: New Computer Specs

Postby Dave McElderry » Thu May 03, 2012 9:14 pm

Helen wrote:The power supplies I have been quote are 650W and 700W

:tup:
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