ADVICE ON NEW BUILD DUAL PRO SYSTEM

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CHIEFWHITESHOES
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I have been editing video for sometime but have always bought the system and I have worked out that I can build a better system by buying the bits & bobs myself & save around £2,000 compared to a shop. Can anyone please advise me of what works well together & is stable. I want to use as much of what I currently have as possible but go onto a dual processor system so need to know what processors go with what mboards etc. I currently have a system of the following :-
xp1900+ proc, A7M266 mbo, 512mb ram, 40gb 7200rpm boot hd, 80gb 2nd hd, 200gb external maxtor hd, matroxmillenium G550 dual graphics, win2kpro op system, premiere 6.1, dv storm, pioneer dvdr ao3.

I want a superfast, stable system, so need advice on what power supply, quiet fans & how many, motherboard, processors(leaning to xeon), memory, graphics cards, sound cards, the whole shebang!!! Any help & advice appreciated.

harlequin
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had my dual xeon built by cvp http://www.creativevideo.co.uk who are at wembley at the moment.

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dvstorm2 system , windows xp pro , premiere 6.5 , edius1.51

Gary MacKenzie

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Thinkserver TS140 , 750ti Graphics card  & LG 27" uws led backlight , Edius 8

Humax Foxsat HD Pvr / Humax Fox T2 dvbt

CHIEFWHITESHOES
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Thanks for your reply but I wish to attempt to build my own system and would like some advice from anyone out there that has done this & has a stable system.

harlequin
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ok
visit http://www.stablenle.com where you will find the specifications of many stable machines

Gary MacKenzie

sepulce@hotmail.com ( an account only used for forum messages )

Thinkserver TS140 , 750ti Graphics card  & LG 27" uws led backlight , Edius 8

Humax Foxsat HD Pvr / Humax Fox T2 dvbt

bgill
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Dear Chief,
this is what's working for me. I use my machine as an offline tool rather than a finishing tool - I have avid symphony and Discreet Logic's Smoke for finishing tools at the day job - and am investing my free time in lo/no budget short films, which is a very separate community compared to the tv/broadcast work that is my daily bread and butter. Anyhow, enough blethering, here's the system.

P4 3.0ghz cpu, A-bit IC7 Max3 m'board, 1gig ddr400 ram, Matrox Parhelia video card (gives 2 computer screens plus separate client monitor feed), Canopus ACEDVio dv-analogue conversion/firewire pci card, 120g SATA system drive, 250g SATA media drive, Pioneer 107 DVD burner, black and burst sync generator. Editing software Avid Xpress Pro, plus various graphics and dvd authoring packages.
Coming from a working environment where creativity, speed of editing, and stability of platform are the holy trinity, so to speak, I wouldn't be messing around with another other nle software but Avid's.
This lot took a wee while to configure, but it's all out there on the forums - and a little pain for lots of gain did no one any harm. What you have here is a list of hardware that is definitely compatible - my system's working a treat. The software/capture card combo is a good one - you can opt to digitise at 15:1s resolution within the avid, as well as the usual native DV options. 15:1s ('s' for single field) isn't as good viewing quality as native DV, but is entirely adequate for offline editing, and will give you nearly five times as much storage on the same drive.
The other implication here is that at 15:1s resolution, you can't come firewire out of the capture card (has to be native DV resolution for that). So I simply plug the composite output of the Parhelia card into a video distribution amp (which I picked up for 25 quid) and feed that video to client monitor, vhs machine and Beta SP/digibeta pro deck simultaneously.
Hope that's some kind of help. Minus peripherals, I spent just under 2k.

Best wishes.