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Default Request help on my COMPUTER BUILD for video editing in Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5)

January 28, 2011

I recently purchased Abode's CS5 for video editing, and this is my first computer build. I've been video editing for years, but previously I've never owned such powerful editing software. I'd like a system that can easily handle CS5 now and in the future, as I look forward to Adobe upgrades.

Your help and advice is sincerely appreciated. My questions and the basic info is at the top of this post. Next, toward the bottom, are the NOTES. Finally, I've included the system requirements for CS5.

I figure I can spend up to $2000 for hardware (and Windows 7, 64 bit), but cost is always a factor, and I want the biggest bang for the buck. I'm open to all suggestions.

I will have to spread my purchase of parts over about the next three months. My questions are:

(1) Will each part I've listed work with every other part?
(2) Based on your experience and expertise, would you change any of the components?
(3) Is there anything that could be considered essential that I'm missing?
(4) What other considerations should I give attention to?

(5) General question: What's the difference between a 2.5" and a 3.5" internal drive, e.g., a SATA III? Can I use either in a desktop?

Thank you very much!


TOTAL COST ESTIMATE: $1884 +/-, incl shipping, purchasing off internet.

CPU (See NOTE #1 toward bottom)
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K [Amazon = $230, incl. shipping],

ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Max RAM is 32GB)(SLI Support)(The Front USB 3.0 Panel supports 2 x USB 3.0 ports and provides a 2.5” SSD/HDD rack)(2 x IEEE 1394 ports) = $156
See specs at:
ASRock > Products > P67 Extreme4
ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express, 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), Gigabit LAN, 8-Channel Audio, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX, Bluetooth (1 Firewire Port) (Max RAM is 32GB) = $190
See specs at:
ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel P67 Express, 2200MHz DDR3 (O.C.), Gigabit LAN, 8-Channel Audio, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX, Bluetooth at

Nvidia GeForce GTX560 = $250, OR
GeForce GTX470 $261
According to the following video, an nVidia Card is required to take advantage of the GPU effects within CS5:
"How to upgrade your system for CS5 Production Premium"
To take full advantage of Adobe software's extensive optimizations for 64-bit systems, Adobe recommends you watch the video at left and do the following (click on third arrow down on the following website page).
video production workflow | Adobe CS5 Production Premium

RAM, 16GB Total
(2 X) 8GB Kit (4GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 = $200

8GB Kit (4GBx2), 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 memory module
Module Size: 8GB Kit (4GBx2)
Package: 240-pin DIMM
Feature: DDR3 PC3-10600
Specs: DDR3 PC3-10600 • CL=9 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1333 • 1.5V • 512Meg x 64
CT2KIT51264BA1339 - 8GB Kit (4GBx2), 240-pin DIMM , DDR3 PC3-10600 from Crucial.comUS

Cooler Master HAF X = $179

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 = $110

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $264 (Newegg)

See second SSD down on the following website page: - crucial realssd c300 128gb

HDD_2 (See Note #2 at bottom)
For low cost: Samsung F3 1TB, Internal Hard drvie = $65

DVD+/- RW, Lightscribe = $30

HP Black Blu-ray Internal Burner SATA bd340i LightScribe Support = $153

WINDOWS 7 Ultimate, 64 bit = $270

Dual Monitors on-hand

External Storage on-hand

NOTE #1: I originally planned on an AMD system, using (1) CPU -- AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2 GHz 6x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Processor $229.99, and (2) MOBO -- ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AMD-890FX $225.99.

Instead of going with the AMD 6 Core, someone on another forum said that I'd be better off going with the Intel Quad. Do you agree?

NOTE #2: I'm kind of lost regarding what drive I should use as my second internal, upon which all my currently processing video files will reside. It seems like I would want something fast--right?--like a velocirapter, or a second SSD SATA III. It's seems to be a balance among storage space, speed, and cost. Got a good suggestion?

(Windows PC) System Requirements for Adobe CS5:
system requirements | Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 requires a 64-bit operating system.
Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
64-bit operating system required: Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 or Windows® 7
2GB of RAM (4GB or more recommended)
10GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash-based storage devices)
7200 RPM hard drive for editing compressed video formats; RAID 0 for uncompressed
1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0–compatible graphics card
Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance
Adobe-certified card for capture and export to tape for SD/HD workflows
OHCI-compatible IEEE 1394 port for DV and HDV capture, export to tape, and transmit to DV device
Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
DVD-ROM drive compatible with dual-layer DVDs (DVD+-R burner for burning DVDs; Blu-ray burner for creating Blu-ray Disc media)
QuickTime 7.6.2 software required for QuickTime features
Broadband Internet connection required for online services*

Supported NVIDIA graphics cards for GPU acceleration:
system requirements | Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
GeForce GTX 470 (Windows) NOTE: GeForce GTX 480 is not included in list, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Price, however, is about $400, vs. $261 for GTX 470.
Quadro 4000 (Windows and Mac OS)
Quadro 5000 (Windows)
Quadro 5000M (Windows)
Quadro FX 3800 (Windows)
Quadro FX 4800 (Windows and Mac OS)
Quadro FX 5800 (Windows)
Quadro CX
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