Hello thereProcessor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, Quad Core Processor (2.4GHz, 8MB Cache, 1066MHz)
I have recently posted on the hardware forum of this website and have not had much joy there so I thought that I would give it a go in here as you might be the best people to ask.
I am just about to purchase a new system to run Sony Vegas Pro 8 which a business recently bought. I have recently joined the business and I have been using Vegas myself for a few years and am getting better/more exoerienced with its features and am building up on a nice library of effects that I use. I have had thye chance to play around with Vegas 8 a couple of times but untilo we aqquire new hardware I wont be able to have a propper play as the business's hardware does need reviewing. It has been left to me to look into computer hadrware as I will be the editor that has to use it. Previously I had very limited hardware knowledge and over the past couple of months I have tried to read as much as I can to get myself up to speed with what the latest and greatest is for running video editing software on a PC. After many hours of reading, reviewing and discussing various components with people I have now put a preliminary system together. My main aim is to run Vegas 8 on it however I would like to have the opportunity to do some gaming on it when I have the time. I would be grateful if anyone could spare the time to give any advice on this and any pointers:
Quad Core seems highly recommended but any more than Q6600 (i.e. Quad Q6700, QX6850) seem expensive.
Motherboard ASUS P5K SE: DDR2, SATA II, PCI, 3x PCI-e x1
The component that I least understand so would not mind any feedback on this?
O/S Windows Vista 32bit version Home Premium Edition
I am currently using XP but can only imagine that will become as used and supported as XP has might as well upgrade now save the cost of upgrading later.
(Although I have just come across another website that lets you customise your own PC and is selling ultimate for the same price as some are selling the Home Premium for).
Memory 2GB DDR2 667MHz (2x 1GB operating in dual channel mode)
I have noticed that some systems are already customised with 3GB or some with 4GB or RAM. Although I see there is no benefit of having more than 2GB of RAM, are there any disadvantages to having over this?
Optical Drives 20x Dual Layer Light Scribe DVD Writer + 2nd optical drive 16x DVD-ROM with 48x CD-ROM for easy DVD multiplication
Hard Drive 400GB Serial ATA II hard drive with 16MB cache. Currently I have a 160GB hard drive formatted into a main drive a backup drive and a recovery drive. Really looking for some advice hear? (I already have external 750GB hard drives for storing video). I have also been recommend to look at having hard drives work in RAID but I am not sure that I am familiar enough with this to make the advantages out way the disadvantages?
I have also been recommened to look at WD RAPTOR drives which I have done and am considering a 36GB (or 74GB) WD Raptor drive SATA 16MB cache (1000rpm)
Graphics Card 512MB NVIDA 8800GT PCI Express + DVI + TV-OUT
Higher cards (880 GTX, ULTRA seem very pricey?
Sound Card - 8 Channel Realtek ALC883 High Definition Audio (P5K-SE)
Onboard 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT
Floppy Disk Drive - 1.44MB - 3.5
Memory Card - Internal 52 in 1 Card Reader
Power Supply 800W Quiet Quad Raid PSU + 120mm Case Fan
Processor Cooling Super Quiet 19 dBA Intel CPU Cooler
USB Options 8x USB 2.0 ports (6 rear + 2 front USB)
3 Port Firewire (IEEE1394) PCI Card
Monitor 22 LG Widescreen (HDCP/DVI/2MS/1680x1050) Possibility of a second monitor)? Does anyone know of a cheap supplier for quality monitors?
At the moment all footage is carptured in DV and the raw footage is stored on 750GB hard drives while it is being edited on computer. Although I am not in a position to build my own system I have been looking at suppliers that allow you to custom the components as I have listed above.
As I said I am pretty much playing catch up in the world of hardware as I have not had any such responsibility or desire to take an interest in hardware until now.
Grateful for any comments or feedback