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Old 02-06-2006, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am pretty much computer illiterate, learn everything through trial and error, anyway, I am buying a new computer and need all the advice I can get. The main use for it will be for editing and making video's as well as editing photo's. What would you guys buy and why?


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depending on how extreme you are using the computer, i would still recommend an intel celeron. They are very cheap, and the new processors are going up to 3.3 Ghz.

before considering any computer purchase, memory is the #1 consideration. Always put at least 512 MB on your PC, no question.

also, make sure you have a decent sized hard drive. i recommend at least 80 gigs, as videos take alot of room, as well as photoshop.

another thing to consider is a video card. Just make sure you are not using the integrated video on the motherboard, it doesnt work good at all.

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I'm thinking a 3ghz (800fsb, prescott, s478) Intel cpu, 2gb ram, and a radeon 9200 for starters.

I don't make movies so I don't know what kind of graphics card would be recommended. I'm not fond of the new Intel socket LGA775 because of the trouble I had putting on the heatsink.
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If Video Editting and Photo Editting is your primary task, I'd do the following.

AMD Opteron 170 Dual Core CPU.
NVIDIA Quadro FX1400 PCI express - SLI Compatible
ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe (has great features that you can take advantage of)
* 2 Firewire connecters
* External SATA connector - of external HDD
* 10 USB 2.0,1.1 Ports
* Wifi Module
* many more
2GIG of GSKILL Extreme Series (Under $200)
Antec TT 550w PSU SLi
Antec Performance P180 Case
Couple of Plextor PX-716Al/SW drives
WD raptor 74G 10Krpm HDD (for OS, APPS, Drivers)
Seagate Barracuda 300G SATA X2 in RAID 0 - Additional Storage.
Windows XP Pro

This is roughly a $2500 machine. "BUT - you could do some massive editting with this machine." We are talking Major network productions here... As long as you have the software... this machine is a beast.

Well this is what I'd do anyway.
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