I work at a small film studio and do a lot of video editing on our PC. Mainly weddings and lots of other random stuff. Anyway, the rig is pretty decent right now, but I know it could be blown away w/o spending a fortune. My boss doesn't know a lot about computers and he bought it on December 31st, 2003 for tax purposes. It's a Sony Vaio PCV-RS 430G, with a 2.8ghz P4 with (i think) a Northwood core and 1gb PC2700.
Now, I'm looking to upgrade it, and it looks like my boss will be willing to shell out in the $750 range (as I quoted him approximate for a dual xeon rig).
I don't have any experience with this type of a setup, but here's what I was looking at:
CPU's 2x: Intel Xeon 2.66 GHz 533MHz FSB, 512K Cache, Hyper Threading Technology - Retail ($229)
Mobo: ASUS "PC-DL Deluxe" i875P Chipset Server Motherboard for Dual Intel Xeon CPU -RETAIL ($195)
That adds up to about $660 + minimal shipping. It's also just an educated stab in the dark, moreso the motherboard is. If you have any suggestions that wont drive up the price by too00 much, let em fly. How's it look? I plan on just swapping out the mobo's and cpus...anything else with hardware compatibility I should consider? PSU? I will be able to boot my current HD with win xp on it right?
As for performance, that system would beat the pants off a single 3.4ghz p4 for stuff like video editing right?