Q6600 system worth keeping? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > Non-Linear Editing on the PC

Non-Linear Editing on the PC
Discussing the editing of all formats with Matrox, Pinnacle and more.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 3rd, 2012, 11:24 PM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: A Canadian in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Posts: 262
Q6600 system worth keeping?

I don't usually ask others for this kind of advice as I consider myself in the know with computers. But I need some opinions on whether to keep an oldish workhorse running or let it go.

Q6600 Core2 Quad at 3.0GHz
8 GB Ram
NVidia GT275
Bluray burner

I currently have two notebooks, Asus G73 with i7-740, 8 GB, GTX460m with 2GB, bluray, and a new MSI GT70 with i7-3610m, 16GB, GTX675m with 4GB, bluray. Each of these have USB3.0 so adding external drives is almost at native speed.

So the question is; Is the old desktop system worth holding on to or just a waste of power and space?

I am open to opinions on this one for once.
Les Nagy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 4th, 2012, 02:27 AM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Belgium
Posts: 9,064
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

I replace my pc every 3-4 years and my wife gets my "old" pc each time, so last year she got a Q6600 which is mainly used for photoshop and surfing the net and for those tasks it's still doing very well. So unless you don't have the space for it such a pc can continue to be used for years to come if you want to have a separate internet pc or maybe to play some older games on. You could also use that pc to test new software or even as backup if your main editing pc dies.
Noa Put is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 4th, 2012, 12:41 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: A Canadian in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Posts: 262
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

I have more than the two notebooks listed. The ones I mentioned are the ones I use for editing. I really have no need for any "backup system". So it really comes down to is the system worth using or is it just time to let it go.
Les Nagy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 4th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #4
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Belgium
Posts: 9,064
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

Think you answered your own question, if you have no need for it, why even ask what to do with it?
Noa Put is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 4th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: A Canadian in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Posts: 262
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

Yeah, I see your point!
Les Nagy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 5th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #6
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Fairfield, Dunedin, New Zealand
Posts: 3,634
Images: 18
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

Well, well, hi! brother, long time no speak.

Was starting to wonder if one of the earthquakes had done for you, obviously not.

Give us the low down in a mail if you have my address, lot of water under the bridge since we last conversed.

Oh, BTW, just sell it for what you can get, seems like it's passed its use by date already.

Regards,


CS
Chris Soucy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 6th, 2012, 10:00 PM   #7
Trustee
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Mumbai, India
Posts: 1,385
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

Les, you can use it purely as a rendering machine until it dies out.
__________________
Get the Free Comprehensive Guide to Rigging ANY Camera - one guide to rig them all - DSLRs to the Arri Alexa.
Sareesh Sudhakaran is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 9th, 2012, 11:41 AM   #8
Major Player
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: A Canadian in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Posts: 262
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

Hi Chris. Yes I am alive and doing well. I have been doing well and doing some video but not much the past year. I am just gearing up to get going again and the computer taking up space became an issue.

Sareesh. Yes it could be used for a rendering farm setup so maybe I will put it temporary storage for the occasion I need it.
Les Nagy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 15th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #9
Major Player
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Reading, PA USA and Athens, Greece
Posts: 269
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

you might be surprised how useful an older backup system can be. I have a Q6600 system as an emergency/rental system; rental fees have paid for 24GB RAM and a second PSU for my main system in the last 6 months.

Its a CS5 built system with an Intel 80GB SSD, 320GB total 4 disk RAID0 array, 9800GTX+ 1GB/Cuda Enabled card, and 1TB storage at 2.4Ghz with 8GB RAM.

My main rig is also CS5 built. I FINALLY got the random 3.3V drop fixed. I had low voltage issues off and on with the ARECA card.
Panagiotis Raris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old December 19th, 2012, 02:42 PM   #10
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Posts: 2,963
Re: Q6600 system worth keeping?

May be worth it if there is distributed rendering to do with your software, otherwise it'd be a good backup system.

The notebooks with integrated GPUs on the CPU usually are an issue since the high performance processor is a "co-processor" and not the primary GPU.

If you're willing to fork out for a desktop replacement laptop with LGA2011, that may be your best bet.
__________________
I wait for the day cost-efficient global shutter 60fps capable CMOS sensors emerge for use on major manufacturers' cameras. (Sony, Canon, etc.) Rolling Shutters are a plague.
Jack Zhang is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > Non-Linear Editing on the PC

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:33 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network