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    Hey All,

    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.

    Cheers,

    Jammer

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    A Nvidia Quadro 2000 is nearly half the price and is more than sufficient for video editing needs, It can also do a hefty amount of 3D work if you ever decide to pursue that. It also features Mercury playback engine support.
    To be honest, The cheapest GPU you can get that will display the image will "do" for video, A Quadro will really do it justice but a 4000 is over kill for a video station.

    As for IPS monitors, Due to their specialised pricing and demand I guess you'd only get to see em at trade shows or in the warehouse of suppliers. Another alternative is to find someone in your area who owns one and ask them very nicely if you can see it! It will be rare to find IPS in the high street, When you can buy a screen for £120 why pay £1000. Yes we know why but the high street consumer just wants a screen.

    If I may ask...What on earth are you doing where 24GB of ram is needed I've got a mighty 16G to play with, You must be doing some insane crunching on that system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammer View Post
    Hey All,

    . I used to build machines for my recording studio so I'r
    can you recommend a budget Cubase 5, Windows 7 64 bit compatible sound card ? ..... seems to be lots of driver issues reported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bpotter908 View Post
    A Nvidia Quadro 2000 is nearly half the price and is more than sufficient for video editing needs, It can also do a hefty amount of 3D work if you ever decide to pursue that. It also features Mercury playback engine support.
    To be honest, The cheapest GPU you can get that will display the image will "do" for video, A Quadro will really do it justice but a 4000 is over kill for a video station.

    As for IPS monitors, Due to their specialised pricing and demand I guess you'd only get to see em at trade shows or in the warehouse of suppliers. Another alternative is to find someone in your area who owns one and ask them very nicely if you can see it! It will be rare to find IPS in the high street, When you can buy a screen for £120 why pay £1000. Yes we know why but the high street consumer just wants a screen.

    If I may ask...What on earth are you doing where 24GB of ram is needed I've got a mighty 16G to play with, You must be doing some insane crunching on that system.
    Yeah, I was originally looking at the 2000, maybe I should rein that one in a bit. I think you're right about the IPS stuff as well, I've never seen anything like this on the high street.

    As for the RAM, my machine does a LOT of tasks. I'm a software engineer making desktop apps (www.jamsoft.co.uk), I do web design and lots of photo editing, Lightroom is WAAAAY memory hungry when you're dealing with lots of large RAW stills. I generally have lots of memory hungry things on the go basically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enc View Post
    can you recommend a budget Cubase 5, Windows 7 64 bit compatible sound card ? ..... seems to be lots of driver issues reported.
    What connections? Firewire, USB, ADAT, S/PDif?

    If you're going Firewire it's reliability can really come from the motherboards chipset. Texas Instruments, Lucent & VIA are the best firewire chipsets. Getting a decent motherboard always helps stabalise intensive machines.

    At the moment I use a MOTU Traveler firewire, never have ANY issues but I wouldn't describe it as budget. But it has a shed load of connection options, 192Khz/24Bit and some pretty nice mic pres.

    What is your budget?

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