Building The Perfect PC (Windows XP) System for HD/SD Video Editing Adobe Premiere

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by astro, Dec 22, 2004.

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    astro Guest


    Suppose you had $1500 to spend on a machine.

    Whatcomponents would you put together, from motherboard to cards t
    drives, to build your machine?

    astro, Dec 22, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Big drive times 2, at least 1 GB RAM, fast CPU.
    MOBO, case, etc. to hold the above.
    Really, that's it in a nutshell.
    Big Bill, Dec 22, 2004
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    Owamanga Guest

    Get down to CompUSA today and pick up a couple of their Seagate 400Gb
    8Mb Cache IDE drives for a bargain price of $199. Not the fastest
    drive by any means, but it's huge and cheap. It's an in-store only
    Owamanga, Dec 22, 2004
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    Sparky Guest

    Recently did the research of building my own machine as I have since
    1994 but ran across a deal at Dell for the Dimension XPS gen 4 with
    3.8ghz (800mhz fsb) cpu, 320 mb raid 0 SATA, 1gb 533 ram, 2 DVD
    writers, XP Pro and others for ~1600 with free shipping. Monitor was
    extra. New Dell was cheaper than building my own by ~$500. Dell was
    a pain to work with but because of their shipping delay I received
    another $100 off putting the system at ~1500. Free printer is
    trash! System works great.

    The gouge is to google for "Dell deals coupons discounts" then find
    the 30% off that works with free 2 day shipping and when the system
    won't be delivered by the promised day because Dell is underestimating
    then bitch like hell to a manager for money off. Worked for me.....

    "old" computer was AMD 2100, 1 gb ram, 540 gb raid 0, plus others....
    was fastest in it's day about 2 years ago. I reduced my Premiere
    export time by 75% one hour now reduced to 15 minutes. REALLY!

    I can provide more specs. Checked tigerdirect, mwave, Dell, and
    others but Dell was the best deal. 1 year in home warranty....

    No I do not own stock in Dell but wish I bought shares 10 years
    Sparky, Dec 22, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    Suppose you had $1500 to spend on a machine.
    Shuttle XPC SN95G5 + Athlon FX 64 CPU + 1+GB Corsair XMS Extreme RAM
    + dual 400GB HD (or quad 2.5" 100GB) RAID + ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 or
    higher video + 7-in-1 3.5" floppy drive & flash card reader (optional) +
    Pioneer A08 DVD burner (or Plextor 716A, but prefer two drives, one
    external, one internal) + hw render card for Premiere or whatever

    The Athlon 64 processor is cooler running than the Pentium 4
    Extreme's, and provide a decent price/performance buy on a budget.
    Dual/quad RAID for real-time running mirrored backups of your data
    (after all, a HD crashing in the middle of editing is bad. (And, let's
    assume you're using this machine for editing - not silly internet
    surfing and gaming! so it'll be relatively isolated - thus the need for
    offline backups is mitigated - otherwise, buy an external enclosure and
    backup to an external HD.))

    ATI AIW for video previews on a TV/broadcast monitor with the video
    out + built-in analog video capture for those times people give you
    analog tapes to edit. (or buy a camcorder with DV passthrough, or
    Canopus ADVC series box)

    1GB RAM for HD editing.

    Plextor A08 because it is the most stable, highest quality burner
    around and generally will make good burns on more media than other
    burners. Solid as a rock & reliable - which is what you'll want.

    HW render card for Premiere if you're using that because it'll save
    lots of time.
    David Chien, Dec 22, 2004
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    chebba Guest

    What is your experience with the eMachine M68xx series with the Athlon
    64? Will it capture from firewire while saving on an external HDD on
    USB 2.0? Is the screen good enough for editing. Does it overheat? I
    heard it overheats. Is it fast enough? Does Premier work well with
    it? Did you have to buy it from Best Buy? thanks, Chebba
    chebba, Dec 24, 2004
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    Sparky Guest

    Can you tell me more about the "hw render card for Premiere or
    Sparky, Dec 24, 2004
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    Sparky Guest

    Suppose you had $1500 to spend on a machine.
    ---Shuttle XPC SN95G5 $315.50
    ---Athlon FX 64 CPU (AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 - 2.4GHz Processor
    ---2.4GHz, 1MB $799.00
    ---1 GB Corsair XMS Extreme RAM $548.85
    ---dual 400GB HD (or quad 2.5" 100GB) RAID
    Maxtor 250GB Hard Drive IDE, Ultra ATA/133, 7200RPM
    $147.00 X 2
    ---ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 XT Video Card $185
    ---7-in-1 3.5" floppy drive & flash card reader $69.99
    ---Pioneer A08 DVD burner $129.00
    ---hw render card for Premiere $ ???

    Total $2,340 best price for this recommended system. And you still
    need to buy mouse Logitech MX500 ~$50, keyboard MS USB ~$45, OS Win XP
    Pro ~179, and monitor Dell 1905FP ~$480 or Samsung SyncMaster 191T ~
    $500....... and Shuttle XPC has problems per user's complaints

    Check out Tom's Hardware site listed next. Intel 3800 is fastest for
    Video editing...... not the Intel Extreme and extreme does have heat
    problem not the 3800!

    Dell with 30% off and free shipping, detailed in my last post, is by
    far the best price, quality and performance BUT their support service
    sucks! However, if you are prepared to build your own system you are
    experienced enough to not need Dell's wait for hours email and phone

    Merry Christmas!
    Sparky, Dec 24, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    What is your experience with the eMachine M68xx series with the Athlon
    Don't have it anymore, but no problems capturing to internal HD
    (Which you can replace with up to the 100GB latest HD). Capturing FW to
    external USB should be okay on such a fast system (remember FW capture
    works fine on old 500Mhz PCs!), esp. since it works fine on my desktop

    No overheating problems ever. Just don't stick it on a comforter, put
    it on a desk and you'll be fine.

    Screen is fine for editing. Could be high resolution like
    1920xwhatever ala some ultra-high-res. HP/Compaq/etc. customized laptops
    so you can see more, but if you're okay with any regular 15-17" LCD,
    then this will be fine.

    Didn't use Premiere, only Vegas Video. Works fine, no problems, fast
    enough to get the job done.

    Bought it from bestbuy on sale (as usual, good sales on eMachines
    David Chien, Dec 28, 2004
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    chebba Guest

    I appreciiate you taking the time for the answer,
    unfortunately/fortunately, I went ahead and bought the Dell XPS
    laptop. It was about a grand more. Please don't tell me bad things
    about my choice! thanks, Chebba
    chebba, Dec 29, 2004
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    Sparky Guest

    Good choice!!!

    Sparky, Dec 29, 2004
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