My video editing work has been steadily increasing lately and frankly I need to upgrade my box! I've built lots of machine in the past (including mission critical servers) so I've got a lot of experience. I used to build machines for my recording studio so I'm used to tweaking them a lot as well but I've still got a lot to learn about the nitty gritty on the video side of things so was coming along here for some advice.
Currently my machine is:
Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Intel Core i7 920 2.6Ghz (OC to 3.72Ghz & water cooled)
Corsair 6Gb XMS3 1600MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.65V
NVidea GTS250 (512Mb ... DAMN YOU ADOBE 868Mb limit!!)
10,000 Velociraptot OS Drive
Got a nice large CoolerMaster case with big fans in too
Lots of other internal drives and some Esata etc ...
What is really letting my down at the moment is a crappy TN panel display (HP w2408h) REALLY bad colour reproduction and since I do a lot of photography as well I really need to correct this problem before anything else. I've been eying up IPS monitors in the £1000 region but not decided yet. Is there anywhere in the South West UK to actually see some high end monitors in action? I'm not spending that soft of cash on a screen without seeing it first, I don't care what the reviews say!! Me wanna see wiv me own goggles!
Also I'm looking at getting an NVidea Quottro 4000 with 2Gb GDDR5 ram, looks like a serious card without being silly money. Does anyone have any buying advice on other alternatives? Going any further up the NVidea family tree just starts to get way too expensive and I'm not entirely sure I'd appreciate the boot as I'm not doing really high end 3D manipulation, I think it would be wasted cash.
I'm also wondering if anyone has run a video editing box with slightly mismatched ram modules? I was recently looking as a 12Gb kit, Corsair again and rated 9-9-9-24 1.65 but they were 3 x 4Gb modules and I'm wondering if I should just get one kit and use the three free slots to go to 18Gb RAM or throw caution to the wind and get 2x12Gb kits and go for the full 24Gb RAM, it seems to be remarkably cheap at the moment which is nice!
Anyway, really I wanna find a monitor shop first, they'll probably have video cards too and might do a deal if I buy them both there ... I've never seen high end monitors on the high street in the UK.