OK, so I'm gonna go with a P4. I need a little help deciding though. While comparing these two processors:
The only difference I see is that one has a 2MB L2 cache which cost $65 more. What I want to know is, how important is L2 cache size for video editing?
Also, I was just wondering exactly how stable a RAID 0 setup is? I know that it adds speed/performance but that it is also suppose to half the expected time until failure. I don't have any experience with any RAID setups so I just wanted to hear from those who use them. I'd hate to setup my buddy with a RAID 0 config only to have him lose his projects that he's worked on all semester.
I also wanted to know which would work better, a professional video card like a Quadro or FIRE GL or a regular gaming card? Some of those professional cards are real expensive. So would I be better off with a cheap ($200) professional card or a higher end ($200) gaming card?
Anyways, I appreciate the initial suggestions. They at least got the ball rolling on picking out parts, so I thank you all. Keep em coming.