New AMD system

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Stephen Beardmo...
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A few years ago I assembled a Pentium 450 Raptor/Premiere NLE system which has served me well to date. I notice that requirements for mpeg encoding for VCD and DVD will probably need a faster system so I am considering building an Athlon based one. Having trolled the web for info on motherboards, CPUs and ram, and as I still wish to keep my Raptor card, I have come up with the following motherboard possibilities :-

Abit KG7 Raid, KT7a, Kt7a Raid.
Gigabyte GA7DXR.

My questions are -
Any experience with these and Raptor?
Is it worth having the Raid option?
Is it worth having DDR ram?
As an aside - Can anyone tell me how to do voice overs when using Premiere timeline?

Stephen B-B

Bomag
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Right

1. not the foggiest.

2. I have two 60GB 7200rpm drives on a raid array. It is substatially faster than a single drive (read 65-75mb/s write 45mb/s). I can capture onto the system disk without any droped frames. It is cheaper to get two fast 60gb drives than to go for a 20gb boot drive and a large (100gb) AV drive.

3. Yes it is worth getting DDR mem and MB (kG7 and Gigabyte boards). Encoding MPEG will be faster with DDR and the memory is as cheap as good quality SDRAM.

4. Use recording software from your sound card (if it is a decent one) it usually has better options to increase the quality of the recording.

Stephen Beardmo...
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Thanks for the advice Bomag.

Stephen B-B