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Old 10-17-2009, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I've been reading this forum for some time now, and have finally decided to build my own computer. My budget will be around $1000 (I can go a little over if I need too).

I'm looking for a PC for HD video editing, as well as capturing HD video. I really don't play any games on the computer, but I need it to be able to handle software like Premiere Pro. I would prefer to stick with Intel for my CPU, and I'll probably need a fairly large hard drive.

Any help on picking out parts would be appreciated, Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's a brand new one for a thousand: Dell Studio Slim Desktop PC Product Details
but it comes with Vista
If you wait 4 days, Windows 7 Full version will be released and you should check out the new deals then
I'd say go Windows 7 64bit

I'm telling you this because there will likely be a price drop on Vista only computers (hardware) from all Manufacturers
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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so what do you need? just teh tower? do you need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS?
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just need a tower... I have everything else.
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Old 10-18-2009, 02:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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$110 - MSI Motherboard (LGA 1156, not for OC)
$280 - Core i7 860 (LGA 1156 w/ HyperThreading)
$90 - GSkill 2x2GB Ram (DDR2 1600, 4GB Dual Channel)
($80 x2) = $160 - Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB (Two of these in a RAID array)
$150 - Antec Twelve Hundred Case (Case doesn't really that much, its really all personal preference)
$110 - Corsair CMPSU Power Supply (Way more than enough)
$250 - ATI 5850 Graphics Card (Extremely powerful, a great deal)
= Comes out to around $1200 (w/ shipping)

From my experience video editing seems to require a fast hard drive, a nice multi-core CPU, and quite a bit of harddrive space.

This is what I would buy if I were in your position. If you wanted to shave a few bucks off the final price then I would suggest going with just a single harddrive and not pursue a RAID array. You could also get a cheaper case.

Raid is simply a way of using two harddrives at the same time to nearly double your hard drive speed.

Now, more than likely your wondering why I recommended a graphics card even though you aren't gaming. That is simply because many professional video editing programs and applications can take advantage of your graphics card and improve overall performance. Which begs the question: What programs do you plan on using?

Hope this helps, I have to go get some sleep now!!
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I use Premiere Pro. I appreciate it, this looks great. Thank you!
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