Can those of you who are not having any problems with quad setups - please post your motherboards, sound cards, video cards, powersupply, and whatever else you might think is relevant....
Im upgrading and leaning towards the Athlon Phenom quads...
P.S - Don't forget sound Card as well - as im having ASIO driver problems with VP8c
I have no complaints about my Quad. To run Vegas 8.1 on the 64 bit Vista I had to load a few extra drivers that do not come packaged with Vegas. This will depend on your particular media. But the system runs quiet in that Antec Case and stays cool with the GIgabyte video card and motherboard. I don't overclock and all is very stable. I'm happy with the hardware. I did have an issue with installing 8.1 Vegas. I had some kind of conflict but this was software not the hardware. Once I wiped everything clean and reinstalled the OS, drivers etc all was well.
WD1500ADFD Raptor 150gig 10000 rpm boot drive.
WD5000AAKS Sata2 500 gig 7200 rpm data drive
WinVista Home Premium 64bit
Antec Solo Case
Antec Neo HE 550 power supply
OCZ 4gb PC6400 800mhz Special Ops Ram
Gigabyte Mainboard P35C-DS3R
Gigabyte Video card 8500GT
Lite-on SATA 20x DVD burner
AMD Phenon 9600
4gb DDR2 800mhz
ATI 3850 with 512 memory (gaming is a hobby)
Antec TruePower 650
Sony 18x DVD-+RW/CD-RW
SYBA IEEE 1394 card
Western Digital 250gb IDE (for C drive)
Western digital 500gb SATA
Western Digital 500gb external
CHIMEI CMV 946D-Silver Silver 19" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
no issues at all running XP Pro-32. All my issues were due to faulty ram sticks & non-secured CPU cooling fan. fixed those & the only crashes I get are caused from software.
Intel xbx2 mobo
ATI 1950 pro vid card
SoundBlaster x-fi Elite Pro sound card
3 western D 500gig drives
2 western D 750gig drives
8gig ram (no page file)
1 plextor 760a dvd burner
1 LG BD burner
1 19" Syncmaster monitor
1 25.5" widescreen Acer monitor
1 Wireles usb keyboard
1 MX revolution mouse
1 contour pro shuttle
No case (the system has been built right into my desk)
Vista Ultimate 64 (with indexing turned off)
-ALL auto updating turned off
-no anti virus software
-Windows firewall only
-Vista Areo on
-All auto run programs set to manual (not running at startup)
Intel Q9450 CPU
Abit IP35 Pro XE motherboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro (very important...!)
4GB Corsair XMS DDR2/800 (1.9v, CL5)
Geforce XFX G8500GT (512MB, dual head, passive cooled)
500, 250, 80 GB Seagate hard drives
Sony DRU-V200S/BR DVD Rewritable Drive
M-audio MobilePre USB sound
No on-board video
Case: Cool Master 1000 (SWEET case!)
PSU: Corsair TX750 (750w) ATX12V
OS: Windows XP Pro
I should point out that the GeForce video card was chosen for audio work, especially because it does not have a cooling fan. These typically become noisy after a year or so, and this was obviously undesirable for audio work.
2GB G-Skill PC8500 ram
Saphire Tech 2600XT 512 Meg Ram
250GB SATA 2 system Drive, 500GB SATA 2 Media Drive
Sony DRU 840 DVD burner, second Sony DCVD Burner also
Norco 4U Rack mount Server Case, Antec Power Supply
Multi card reader
Onboard sound ( not the best need a real sound card Creative Labs)
Pinnacle Systems PCI capture card ( for capturing Analog VHS tapes with Liquid)
1-22" LCD, 1 17" LCD, 1 19" CRT (for previews)
XP Pro Service Pack 3
I am going to add two more 500GB hard Drives in raid 5 next week for media backups.
Oh I also have a Shuttle Pro and could not edit without it.
built the system in May 08 and have had ZERO problems. got all parts from Newegg.
Just for fun I put my old computer in the same kind if Rack Server case now have both in rack built into my desk Way GEEKY :-)
Assuming that switching hardware will cure your problems might be a futile exercise. You'd need to include which camera and even which brand of tape people are using to say nothing of what their projects contain, how many tracks of vision and audio as well.
I've seen one project that no one can get to render to completion after trying quite a range of hardware.
On the other hand my new Quad with V8.0b is pretty stable, been a while since I've had a crash even with 15 hours of HDV on the T/L. Only really nasty issue is getting unpredictable rendered output and that's from XDCAM EX footage. So far it seems about the only way to avoid problems with any certainty is to use Cineform DIs or any intermediate codec that avoids putting HDV on the T/L.
I should point out that the GeForce video card was chosen for audio work, especially because it does not have a cooling fan. These typically become noisy after a year or so, and this was obviously undesirable for audio work
if you have an audio booth/room, that would solve the problem. :) Most of the noise picked up while recording to a PC is from grounding issues. I've never picked up a fan, just AC noise.
My studio isn't that big, and thus the PC is right at the desk next to my drumkit. Of course the sound of a video card cooling fan is trivial next to a drumkit at full volume--but there are times when I record acoustic guitar and some other quiter instruments.
But ideally, I would have the set-up you've described.
"Nice, Blink - would love to se i picture of this setup :-)"
It's really no big deal. I got tired of having to pull everything apart just to change a stick of memory or something, so I mounted the mobo to a board which is in turn mounted to a couple of fully expendable draw slides. The whole thing now simply slides out for maintenance and such. It now takes me about a minute to change out a memory stick.
Gigabyte DA-X38-DQ6 board
8 gig Kingston ram
800 watt power supply
EVA 8800 Video card
LG Sata Bluray burner
Sony Sata Bluray burner
(6) Sata drives, (3) raids
(3) SCSI internal drives
(2) SCSI eexternal drives
(2) USB external drives
Linkskey KVM 7.1 dual DVI switch
(2) Sharp 32GP1U Monitors 1920 x 1080 HDMI input
(3) Epson printers, (2) USB, (1) Parallel
Canopus ADVC 300
Epson & HP scanners
Vista 64 Ultimate with all updates and everything shut off
Vegas 8.0c and 8.1, Cinescore, Forge, DVD-a 5
Ultimate S, Deshaker, Virtual Dub, Nero 8, Divx, Quicktime pro and all
the free FX's
intel Q9300 @3.0ghz
4 gb OCZ 6400 ddr2
XFX nvidia gt8800 640mb gpu
Abit IX38 Quad GT m/b
Auzentech meridian soundcard
tagen 700w psu
samsung spinpoint sata 1tb hd x 3 ( no raid)
lg sata blu ray burner
vegas 8.1 (nice to play with because its faster but unused due to incompatability with cineform..r u reading this sony)
cineform neo HD
roxio dvdit pro HD
magic bullet editors 2
apple cinema 23" 1900 x 1200
the system handles HDV from my Canon xh-a1s and AVCHD files from the new panasonic AG -HMC150 just fine ..
Blink, that is one unusual PC. I especially like how you mounted the floppy and CD drives sideways.
Reminds me of some ham radio setups I saw a generation ago. The only difference was that the ham radio boards had lethal power supply capacitors and B+ wiring carrying 400v. By contrast, it's hard to hurt oneself poking around a motherboard, other than poking your finger into a fan (which I've done, once).
"That is a really cool setup i like your monitor setup never thought of putting one right above the other. and the PC is very inventive. way to think outside the box."
Well, the space on that desk is a little short horizontally speaking, and I like that desk and didn't want to replace it. So I just took the 19" and remounted its stand upside down, drilled a couple of holes through the base and hung it from two 9/16" threaded rods.
You can't really see it very well but the liquid cooling is home made as well. The cooling block is simply a couple of 1.5" copper plumbing end caps soldered together so it looks like kind of a hockey puck. One surface was machined nice and flat and a couple of holes drilled into it to solder some copper tube connectors onto it. I'm using an old washing machine pump for circulation and the radiator (an old transmission cooler) is sitting in the furnace intake duct near the floor. The furnace is hooked to the computer via relay so when I turn on the computer, the furnace fan turns on as well. The whole liquid cooling thing cost me maybe 10 bucks. It all runs pretty quiet too... which was the original intention.