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stevek
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No, I am not going to build !

I was doing some video editing with PD 13 of about 30 minute 3D video I took at my granddaughters 3rd birthday when the computer froze with a message about not enough memory. I had 16 G. Rebooting brought up the Velocity splash logo and the computer went into a shut/reboot/shut down etc mode or just went to the splash screen and locked.

My 6 year old Velocity Micro has given up the ghost. A quick diagnosis pointed to a crashed motherboard. Velocity can replace the motherboard but the computer is so old that they would also have to replace the processor and the memory. About $700 including shipping and the installation of the parts.

I am starting to look at other computer manufacturers, Any suggestions for one that builds custom computers?

Anyone have any experience with Xeon processors? I understand that they are like the I series but do not have on board video. The one I've been quoted is equivalent to i7 at 3.3 Ghz.

My budget is in the $2000 to $2500 Range. .
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You might wantto hold off. Xeons with ddr4 memory should be out soon. Check this link: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8536/intels-haswellep-xeons-with-ddr3-and-ddr4-on-the-horizon .Looks like a stable workstation is what you are after. I would probably stay with a 4.0 ghz I7 consumer level computer for less money. Fry's and Microcenter would be good places to visit in your spare time.
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I wouldn't worry about Xenon, just get an i7. There is this Devil's Canyon i7, this is the one I would get. I wouldn't wait for the next big thing, the first months you are the beta tester more or less. Current gear is very stable and all kinks ironed out.

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stevek
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. I have a friend in NJ who was also looking for a computer and she did a lot of background checks on computer builders. I went to the CPU Solutions site and found an i7 stock one with a lot of components that were acceptable. I just added a larger power supply, an audio card, and not much else for just under $2000 including warranty, assembly and shipping.

I'll change my signature in the next couple of days. .
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Good luck with your new toy! It was one of their "Video Editing" rigs? I hope you got the newer Maxwell-based Quadro K2200 video, it was just a $10 adder from K2000.

Mine doesn't want to die, so I cannot justify a replacement

Just a note: Xeon are based on i7 platform but they can have much more cache memory on board (depending of their designation E5 or E7). They can help a lot with memory intensive software, but that doesn't come cheap.

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