Rig advice for video editing...

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psiforce7
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Joined: May 27 2006

Hello. I'm thinking of buying this system from avadirect. I plan on using it to edit a 10 minute demo reel every few months and make a dvd out of it. Also, I'll play games, but that's not important. I want to know if this system will work fine for editing video. I plan on using Premiere Pro 1.5 or 2.0elements. I'm open to other suggestions as well. I'm not tied to any software. Also would it be better to spend 190 more dollars to get the 4400 AMD chip. It is the same except for the 2x1MB cache over the 2x512MB cache for the 3800. Would that make enough of a difference to spend the extra cash? Anyways, thanks for any help that may come my way. Take care. Here are the specs:

LIAN LI, PC-60, Silver Tower Aluminum Case, 450W PSU, ATX

AMD, Athlonâ„¢ 64 X2 Dual-Core 3800+ 2.0GHz, HT 2000MHz, 2 x 512KB L2 cache, 89W, 90nm, Socket 939, Retail

ASUS, A8N-E, nForce4 Ultra, DDR400 /4GB, PCIe x16, SATA II RAID 10, Audio, LAN, FW, Retail

CRUCIAL, 2GB (2 x 1GB) PC3200 DDR 400MHz CL=3 SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

ASUS, EN7900GT/2DHT/256M, GeForceâ„¢ 7900GT, 256MB DDR3, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI, HDTV-Out, Retail

WESTERN DIGITAL, 250GB WD Caviar® SE16, SATA II 300MB/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
WESTERN DIGITAL, 250GB WD Caviar® SE16, SATA II 300MB/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache

LITE-ON, SOHC-5236K Black CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive, 52x32x52x16, OEM

MITSUMI, Beige 1.44MB Floppy + 6-in-1 Card Reader Drive, Internal

MICROSOFT, Windows XP Home Edition
WARRANTY, Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

-already have dvd-rom to install

rjpobrien
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Joined: Jul 30 2005

This is just looking from a "Good Spec PC" point of view and doesn't take into account your video editing/gaming needs.

1. Don't get a socket 939 CPU, go for the new AM2 as it will be more upgradeable for little extra cost. And yes, I would also strongly recommend the 4400+ due to its increased cache.

2. If you must go for 939, get the A8N-SLi Premium or Deluxe model

3. You might consider getting 2 slightly lower cost graphics card and running them in SLi mode but this isn't a crucial point.

4. The hard drives you spec have recently been highly rated by PC Pro but personally I don't like WD and think that Seagate is a much better choice. The Seagate Barracuda's 7200.10 weren't reviewed but I'm sure these would be a good bet.

5. I would get at least a 500W power supply, mainly for futureproofing.

This is just my personal opinion and there are lots of other very knowledgeable people here who I'm sure will give theirs (they might even agree with me!)

HTH,

Richard

psiforce7
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Joined: May 27 2006
thanks

Well, for gaming I play mmorpg's like dark ages of camelot and wow. I not a stickler with graphics for gaming though. I just like to be able to play withoug locking up, hehe.

As for video editing. I will only use it to edit my demo reel, which is about five minutes long. All straight cuts with the occastional dissolve. I guess I should start researching which software I plan to use first, I'm leaning towards adobe premiere 1.5, cause I can get it cheap or premiere elements.

I thought the same thing about going with the AM2 board, but I guess I read a lot about how since it's the first run of them, it would be best just use the reliable 939 board.

I keep having this fear I'm get a pc and expect to be able to edit on it and it's just gonna be a nightmare. Locking up and crashing and such. Maybe I just need to get over it. I'm looking for reassurance I guess. THank you for your help and hope to get more. Peace.

fuddam
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Joined: Nov 19 2005

don't forget, the software you use for editing can also lead to major crashing, so make sure you get something with an outstanding reputation for stability

Not going to nevada any time soon are you, to the capital city? might be helpful......

;)

psiforce7
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Joined: May 27 2006
nevada?

WHat's going on in Nevada? What editing software do you consider stable?

fuddam
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Joined: Nov 19 2005

well, last time I looked, the capital city of that there state was Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas Vegas

some friends leave it running for months without rebooting - tho I prefer to baby my HDDs

;)

unbelievable stability, and works on any PC machine you care to name, though speed is an advantage if working with HDV (as it is with all NLE's)