editing PC

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thedawg
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If I am building an editing PC, that is only meant for video editing, witch is more important, to have a good CPU or a good video card?
And also, do you have any tips of building an editing PC?

Fnawesome
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whats your budget?

thedawg2
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Fnawesome wrote:whats your budget?
My budget is in very good stand, I just wanted to know witch is more important to have, better CPU or better video card in a editing pc ;)

Fnawesome
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cpu by far, only a select few programs use the gpu to encode, i've looked into this with great detail for my gtx460 and so far every program i've tried is very buggy, as least when using cuda, and i havent seen that much of an improvement over my 965be. i would suggest buying the most expensive cpu, ram combo you can afford, as well as have a decent hard drive setup, either raid with some raptors, or raid with some ssd. a top end i7 would beat the gpu in overall performance anyday

thedawg2
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Fnawesome wrote:cpu by far, only a select few programs use the gpu to encode, i've looked into this with great detail for my gtx460 and so far every program i've tried is very buggy, as least when using cuda, and i havent seen that much of an improvement over my 965be. i would suggest buying the most expensive cpu, ram combo you can afford, as well as have a decent hard drive setup, either raid with some raptors, or raid with some ssd. a top end i7 would beat the gpu in overall performance anyday
So getting an intel core i7 would be better than getting something like the ATI HD 5970 for editing purposes?

Fnawesome
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yes, esp a 6 core like the i7-970, expensive as hell, but it will get the job done faster than than vid card, and btw, cuda is only for Nvidia cards, so buying an ati card wont do anything for you

thedawg2
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Fnawesome wrote:yes, esp a 6 core like the i7-970, expensive as hell, but it will get the job done faster than than vid card, and btw, cuda is only for Nvidia cards, so buying an ati card wont do anything for you
Ok fantastic, I just ordered an intel core i7-970 and an asus rampage III extreme motherboard to go with that.

One last question, what is the best nvidia graphics card?
Is it the GeForce GTX 480 or something else?

Fnawesome
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yes the gtx 480 is top atm. you might be able to try encoding with 2 gtx480's, but im not sure if the cuda progs benefit from more than one gpu

Fnawesome
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and if you have enough cash to drop on all that, send a gtx 460 my way ;-)

thedawg2
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Hahah ;)
If I do this crossfire thing (have 2 gtx 460's) what exactly will it change?
If it does not help with this cuda thing or increases the overall performance I'll get 2 of them.
Is there anything else I should know what increases performance? (I have 2ssd's in raid, which I think is pretty good, but I want my computer to be "hardcore" because I hate lags and slow-motion. If you know what I mean.

Fnawesome
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the extra card would help your gaming performance, im not sure if it would help with cuda, im sure that would depend on which program your using to encode. you shouldnt need anything else to increase performance.

thedawg2
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I'm using adobe premiere pro CS5 and adobe after effects CS5. I think it uses the CPU not the GPU, but I want the highest performance possible so I'd appreciate some advice :)

Fnawesome
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it only uses the cpu, so i would OC your cpu, get some nice cooling on it and you wont have any problems with those progs

hnkftalnot
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Well if you still want more performance, the only thing faster than a six core I7 is two Xeon processors on an EVGA SR-2 motherboard ;).