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    Default Please Help with either upgrading or buying new PC for video and music production.

    Hi There,

    I hope somebody out there can help me as I am in a bit of a pickle :-0

    I am currently working on a video project and my poor old PC just canít handle it. I am using Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and Magic Bullet Suite 2 and it is running incredibly slow, if at all. I have recently reformatted and I have no virusís or malware, as I only go on the internet on this PC for software updates. It is regularly defragged. I have had it for 4 years now, and with each project it is getting slower and slower. Nowadays if i add 2 effects to a clip it just freezes and i have to restart.

    As i have this project and a couple more in the pipeline I need to either upgrade my current system or buy a new one.

    This is my current spec: -

    Processor
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 Stepping (2.4GHz 1066MHz) Socket 775 L2 8MB Cache (2x4MB (4MB per core pair) Retail Boxed Processor.
    Motherboard
    Asus P5Q PRO P45 Socket 775 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard.
    Memory
    2 x Kingston 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 1066MHz/PC2-8500 HyperX Memory CL5 2.2V.
    Graphics
    ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti DirectCU - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.0 (ENGTX550 Ti DC/DI/1GD5) (90-C1CQF0-L0UAY0YZ)
    Hard Drives
    2 x Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB Hard Drive SATAII 16MB Cache 10000rpm.
    Sound
    MOTU 8in8out 828mk2 Firewire Audio Unit.
    PSU
    Corsair CMPSU-850AXUK 850W Power Supply
    DVD Burner
    Sony DRU-190A 20X DVDĪRW DL & DVD-RAM IDE internal
    Blu Ray Burner
    Pioneer BDR-205 / 12x Internal SATA Blu-Ray BD-RE Drive
    CPU Cooler
    Noctua NH-C12P Socket 775, AM2, AM2+ Processor Cooler
    Case
    Antec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Mid Tower Case

    As it stands, option one for me is to replace some of the components. I have had a look around and come up with these: -

    Processor
    Intel Core i7 3930K 3.20GHz Socket 2011 12MB
    Memory
    Corsair 32GB DDR3 1600MHz Dominator Memory
    Motherboard
    Asus SABERTOOTH X79 Socket 2011 8 Channel Audio ATX
    Video Card
    PNY NVIDIA Quadro 2000 VCQ2000-PB 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
    Hard Drives
    2 x OCZ 512GB Agility 4 SSD

    This will cost me close to £2000 just for the parts, keeping the rest from my old PC.

    Option 2 is to go to this company: - Chillblast - The UK's most awarded Custom PC builder - Cheap PCs - Gaming PCs - Workstations and buy one of their custom built video PCís. With a little tweaking on their Photo OC IV model this will cost around £2500 but will come ready to go.

    Option 2 seems the best for speed of delivery, as option 1 may be cheaper but it may be hard to find someone to put it together for me in a short space of time as my friend who normally does these things lives much further away now. I am also on a deadline for this project.

    My budget cannot really exceed the £2500 mark.

    What I would like to know is is there an option 3, or do I even need to spend this much to upgrade.

    Basically i need a nice fluid workflow between Premiere 5.5, After Effects 5.5 and the Magic Bullet Suite.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    TCT
    Last edited by TheChemistTree; 10-08-2012 at 09:51 PM.

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    IMHO your current PC is quite a good spec, maybe a tad low on RAM, but I'm presuming your running 64-bit. However HDDs are under £100 for 3Tb and that might help you to get your files in good order . . . get SATA if yr PC accepts that (IDE is old-hat and getting Costly/Gb)
    What's a shame is that you don't have (do you?) a Test video with a known Rendering time . . . this would be a good "benchmark" for the PC to make sure it's up to spec .. . it seems that those software upgrades, and add-on programs will slow down our PCs.
    Make sure yr MBO has USB3 - and some will suggest a PCI/Firewire card is a good investment, from new, shouod you have to run tape-base camcorder media as a favour.

    4-yrs old is quite a long time in computing . . .

    There is some "certainty" in buying ready-made . . . but with over £2k to spend you may be able to get a deal from a video-pro supplier - these will be built to minimise the bottlenecks we have to endure.

    Check also with yr chosen software vendors - what spec are they suggesting? This may indicate how their bottlenecks are countered.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vidmanners View Post
    IMHO your current PC is quite a good spec, maybe a tad low on RAM, but I'm presuming your running 64-bit. However HDDs are under £100 for 3Tb and that might help you to get your files in good order . . . get SATA if yr PC accepts that (IDE is old-hat and getting Costly/Gb)
    What's a shame is that you don't have (do you?) a Test video with a known Rendering time . . . this would be a good "benchmark" for the PC to make sure it's up to spec .. . it seems that those software upgrades, and add-on programs will slow down our PCs.
    Make sure yr MBO has USB3 - and some will suggest a PCI/Firewire card is a good investment, from new, shouod you have to run tape-base camcorder media as a favour.

    4-yrs old is quite a long time in computing . . .

    There is some "certainty" in buying ready-made . . . but with over £2k to spend you may be able to get a deal from a video-pro supplier - these will be built to minimise the bottlenecks we have to endure.

    Check also with yr chosen software vendors - what spec are they suggesting? This may indicate how their bottlenecks are countered.

    Good luck.
    Thanks for your swift reply vidmanners.

    As this PC is so old and DDR2 memory, along with a new motherboard for my processor are pretty much obsolete (plus i have the money for the new one at the moment and am in dire need of it), it is time to replace. As time has gone by, it seems to get slower and slower with each project, even though i reformat every 6 months.

    To give you an idea of the speed of the PC, when i am in Premiere, i have a sequence of .MOV files shot on a DSLR camera (and the same with MPEG files), the computer takes around 3 seconds to open the sequence, with the render bar going from red to yellow in that time. It then takes around 10 - 15 seconds for the little preview thumbnails to load in the sequencer tracks (going from left to right). After another 5 seconds of waiting for the picture to appear in the monitor screen, I move the playhead to another part of the sequence, waiting 5 or so seconds for the image to catch up in the monitor screen again. When i press play (with the playback resolution a 1/2), the footage is very jumpy. I then add one effect (Black and White) and it works ok, i then add Magic Bullet MisFire and apply the effect, and then the system freezes and i have to restart.

    So what i want to do is buy a PC which will last a couple of years at least. I still need a firewire port for my soundcard (MOTU 828MK2).

    So i need to decide to buy completely new or just upgrade the guts.

    Any other ideas, or am i going down the right path?

    Thanks in advance,

    TCT.

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    Are there not French Pro-Video suppliers that do PC's?
    Whilst they will want to sell you new, you may be able to keep some processes (like camcorder-file copies?) using the older PC so the main PC is dedicated to Editing/Rendering.
    I don't use that software and that's why a Pro supplier may be in a better position (although they may just sell the most expensive!).
    Furthermore, these days the Graphics card can add extra power (although some disagree, there is a very convincing Demo on Sony Creative site)....but they would say that...

    I have a low spec PC running Vegas Studio and FWIW my render factor is about 5x. (it can be worse, if I use lots of fancy transitions)....I'm using HD movies and the PC is dual-core. This means a 10min vid takes about 50min to Render. Don't know if that helps, possibly not as the software you're using is somewhat more feature-ridden.

    Good luck.

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