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Old June 12th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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What's in your box?

I'm building a new system. I don't know how far to go with RAM and CPU. My camera is a T2i. I'm currently using an old 2 Ghz dual-core with 2 GB RAM running XP in a virtual window. I can play the MOV files on the timeline but editing is not realistic. Transcoding with Streamclip is go-make-a-cuppa-coffee slow.

I'm looking at either an AMD 6 Phenom X6 1055T or an Intel I7-930. The AMD system will be substantially less expensive but is dual channel. I'd like to be able to keep this system for at least 5 years and be flexible enough to allow me to move to something like Edius if the need every came up.

What do you use and would you buy it again?

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Old June 12th, 2010, 03:10 PM   #2
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Hi.

I've just bought a i7 rig with 8GB RAM for Vegas 9E - I have a Canon 7D amongst my cameras. I'd read the i7 chip is definitely the one to go for regarding video editing (over any AMD chips) but I can't claim to be an expert on that as I've a 1000 other things I also need to be expert on! Also, the rig does not arrive until Monday so I can't give you real world insight just yet, However, Dale, who posted on the thread I started below seems happy with the spec I'm getting! Hope this helps - at least a little.

Vegas 7E to 9E Upgrade - How?
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Old June 12th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #3
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One issue I've not seen much is threading. On some benchmarks, the claim is encoding will make use of all cores. As each core has 2 threads, it would seem that a 6 core die would yield 12 threads vs 8 threads for a 4 core leading to a faster encode time.

However, this is all theoretical tecno-babble-multi-speak. Will it render a 1 GB MOV file faster?

Specing this machine is making me crazy.

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Old June 12th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #4
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Take a look at the specs on the new Vegas Pro Master Suite Systems and go from there.
These systems are pre-loaded with a pile of software so you can subtract those prices right away if you don't own everything already.
One guy on the Sony Vegas forum did a comparison with parts bought from Newegg.
Using the lowest price Master Suite and subtracting the software, he found that the savings was only $376.30.

His comparison parts list was as follows:
SUPERMICRO MBD-C7X58-O Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $259.99
Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz $587.99
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) Memory $304.99
2 x WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB Hard Drives $219.98
PNY VCQFX580-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 580 Video Card $189.99
Sony 24X DVD/CD Rewritable $26.99
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Case $199.99
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 PSU $139.99
Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit $99.99
Total Hardware $2,029.90
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Old June 12th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #5
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A system like that is way overkill for my abilities. I was curious to see that the highest end system maxed out at 16 GB RAM. I don't know anything about Xeon CPUs but an I7-930 is about as far as I can go money wise. Once you get up into those high end processors you have to start worrying about cooling, especially if one overclocks.

I guess the first marker for me is the 16 GB cap. I'll looking into the Xeon regarding hyperthreading.

Thanks for that link,
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