Best hardware choice for video editing
Posted on 2011-10-20
I've been informed we may have a small budget to buy a workstation (or hardware to improve the current one) for me which I use to edit videos. I use Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects very frequently. I'm currently using Master Collection CS2 however I have a copy of Production Premium CS5 and am looking to get CS5.5 and I need to make sure I get the right hardware within our budget (roughly $1200 US). I will be building and configuring the PC myself, and running Windows 7 on it. This is also what I use for day to day work, such as monitor our servers, writing scripts, creating presentations etc. Tho I imagine anything that can handle the video work can handle the rest.
So my questions are:
1) Which is more important, High end processor (6core i7) or do I need SLI video cards?
2) SSD for scratch disc or SATA drives in RAID?
3) Do I need more than 8GB of RAM?
Right now I'm thinking that the following should be what I purchase:
Mobo - MSI H67A-G43 (B3) - $85
CPU - Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - $300
RAM - 2x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) (8GB Total) - $52
Video Card - EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-TR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 - $490
SSD (for scratch discs) - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB - $180
PSU - RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W - $65
HDs - 200GB System Drive, 2x2TB storage drives (Already have)
Optical - LG Blu-Ray burner, LG DVD Burner (Already have)
Obviously depending on the answer to the questions these choices could change.
Thanks in advance for your help!