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System Build for Video Editing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SpaceInvader75, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. SpaceInvader75

    SpaceInvader75 Thread Starter

    Jul 25, 2006
    I've been wanting to build a system for a while, and I'm kind of nervous because it looks like my first build might be for somebody else. lol But I've done quite a bit of upgrading and replacing components, so really the only thing I can think of now that I haven't done is mount the motherboard to the case. But I realize there are more things to go wrong, because everything is new.

    I don't know much about video editing but here is what I am thinking so far:

    1. ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard, full size, likely AMD, as I am more familiar with it, but if an Intel build looks like a better deal I have nothing against building Intel instead. I am thinking at least a Phenom 2 X4, maybe X6. I know it needs firewire. I think the system might benefit from RAID. I'm not sure what other features the motherboard needs.

    2. I'm thinking it needs 8 GBs of RAM; I told them if they need to save money they might be able to start with 4, but I don't know how much this will effect the video editing performance.

    3. I know it needs a video card; I'm more into gaming, but from what I've read gaming would benefit more from a higher end card than video editing.
    I like NVIDIA. I've looked at the GTX 460, but I'm not sure if they need a $200 card for this application? They definitely need something with HDMI, and dual monitor support.

    4. They want to have at least one blue ray burner. They asked about 2 blue ray burners, but I told them I'm not sure there would be that much advantage to having 2. I'm assuming a multi core processor would be capable of burning 2 discs but I told them if that is an issue they might want to consider a separate copier. I haven't been doing much burning so I told them I will look into it more.

    5. I think they are interested in RAID to speed up disc access time (if used the correct term there). I was thinking the would want a larger hard drive than 1 TB, but they asked about smaller drives or multiple partitions, because of concerns about slow access. I wasn't aware of this issue, but maybe it just didn't come up in my gaming. I'm reasonably sure video editing would be working with larger files, so I want this computer to be fast at disk access. I would imagine an SSD would help, but it might not be practical, depending on the hard drive space needed.

    I realize I don't have a budget yet, so I wanted to give them what I think they need at a minimum, and then if they want to spend more they can. They will be primarily using Pinacle.

    Since I don't know much about video editing, l would like some opinions, if I've left anything out, or maybe something more specific for the motherboard or video card. Also if you think 2 blue ray burners is a good idea, because I've never had a system with multiple burners?
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