Goodluckman65: Ok, I see your thread.
Remember that I am considering the Premier Pro video editing software you want to get in to, the other three programs can run on a less powerful computer. I have not gone into detail investigating all the components, I am currently in the middle of an extensive graphics project that I have a deadline to meet.
Both Planemaster and DrillingMachine have good systems. Of the two, I suggest Planemaster's setup because he specs a more powerful video card, and I have had excellent results with EVGA cards. Remember, video editing requires a really good video card. I have tried in the past to do video editing with a cheap card, including using integrated video on the motherboard, and it was a miserable experience, so pay attention to the card.
> I like the motherboard he suggested; it has plenty of USB3 slots. USB2 is on its way out, so stick with USB3 peripherals.
> I think you mentioned that you have a couple of external SATA drives already; If so, I suggest that you use these for saving your data and projects.
> An even better suggestion to the above: If you can afford it, I suggest getting a 500 gig SSD drive and installing your main programs, such as Premier Pro directly on it.
Then get this external docking station and a couple of large SATA hard drives; make sure all your hard drives are SATA3 and the connecting cables are USB3 cables. Now you can save all your work as you go to the large SATA drives in the docking station. It will be fast because all components involved are SATA/USB3. You will save a ton of room on your main SSD drive. Another big plus: after you are done for the day, turn off power on the docking station (and disconnect it from the computer if you are really concerned) and your data is auto-backed up and safe. Even if there is a power surge, lightning strike, virus, whatever, your data is safe. After you have spent 50 hours on a project and suddenly there is a power failure and your Windows SSD corrupts, your data is still safe.
want to build something that I can grow into
If I understand you correctly, you are speaking of upgrading in the future. Well, it's a nice idea, but in reality technology is growing and changing so fast that simple upgrading is almost an unreality now. In 3 years, most likely the parts that will be made will not work on your computer, nor will your motherboard even have the required slots and sockets for upgrading to new technology. So....buy powerful now in order to keep it as long as possible.
> Another suggestion: Backup, Backup, Backup. When you get Windows10 installed, back it up in case of crash, corruption or virus damage. Since your SSD has Windows, just reimage and in a few minutes you are back up and running again. You can use your docking station for a drive dedicated to backups entirely.
Hope this helps.
Edited by ranchhand_, 19 June 2017 - 08:48 PM.