I have decided to make a new thread in order to take advantage of the wonderful intelligence on there.
Some of you may remember I was going to move to MAC cause it had Divinci, and I thought, since it can also boot windows, I have nothing to lose..
Wrong. From a hardware perspective, I lose a lot of choices when going to MAC and in the days of CUDA with Premiere Pro, these choices are more important than ever.
Also, the tea leaves I am reading tell me that MAC pro has become the bastard child of Apple. They account for very little money in the company, and upgrades along with better systems have been SLOW. Meanwhile, Adobe (ala Premiere) seems to be a changed company. Their engagement with customers is better than ever, their softwarehas become truely groundbreaking. While Apple may have been the first to pick up the ball with RED, they falled to carry it over the goal posts. Avid and Adobe have far surpassed them in terms of feature set and consistancy. It's true that Divinci is MAC only.. But I believe that to be a temporary situation.. They are going to follow the money, and right now, sales of CS5 are flying.
MAC has become inconsistant, slow, and undependable (From my view, it's not law folks.. It' s an informal feeling I get from watching the company and what they do).
So that said, I need your help.. I want to build a MONSTER editing system.
Here's what I want to get:
EVGA Classified SR-2 (Super Record 2)
LIAN LI PC-P80 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
The processors will be XEONs (6 core) but I would like advice for the right ones. (I.E. how much of a difference between 2.66 and 2.93)
Also I would like advice for the best RAM. Here's what it can use (Go to 5520 motherboard support) (I am only looking for 12gb to start, so I play to fill 6 slots with 2gb.. But which ones?!)
Also.. The system features 7 or 8 PCIe X16 slots. Does this work for the RED Rocket? Also can you put NON video cards into these slots (like a scsi controller) I have read that you can because it's a standard, but want to be sure.
The graphics card will be the NVidia 470. I have a SCSI RAID array, and will most like build a couple RAID ZERO arrays in the system for cache and editing.
From research, it seems that the PCIE x16 or x8 is the upcoming standard, so this is good. Also, is it safe to assume that USB 3 is BACKWARD compatible to USB 2 and 1?
It will be a HUGE system, but I read that these computers (and the new processors generate a LOT of heat), and I am not working in a small area, so I'm fine with a large case. Also I want something easy to work it.
Please give me a lot of advice, I will not buy anything for 48 hours in order to take into account your recommendations.
One more thing I'd like to bring up: There is a SUPERMICRO board that also has a number of PCIe X16 slots:
However I am told that even those they are x16 slots they are ONLY 7 lanes! Also there is no USB 3.0 and I feel it's a good idea to be ready for that.
Ok, have at it!