Help with building a computer for video editing

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by metal, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. metal

    metal Guest

    I intend to build a new computer to run my Vegas 6 program and would
    appreciate any input from you folks. My target price is 2K or less,
    with or without a monitor. Please fill the blanks as you please...

    Motherboard
    CPU
    Memory (thinking 4G)
    Hard Drives (thinking 3)
    Video Card
    Operating System (thinking XP Pro or Media)


    Thanks for your help.
    Bruce
     
    metal, Sep 1, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest


    Videoguys' DIY2 Machine ($1,315) - http://videoguys.com/DIY2.html
    Videoguys' DIY3 Machine $3,405) - http://videoguys.com/DIY3.html
    Pricing on both machines is at least 6 months old so you know you can get
    the same system for a lot less now.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, Sep 1, 2006
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    stauffer Guest

    One strong recommendation is to use two hard drives. One is used for
    program storage and everything other than video. The second, a very
    large, fast (SATA) drive is used JUST for the video. Make the computer
    has a good Firewire input, and having it on the front of the machine is
    a very nice convenience.

    Another neat feature is a video card with video (analog) output so you
    can preview the work on an analog NTSC video monitor.

    Don't forget to use a decent sound card. BTW, we get by with a gig of
    memory okay, though more would indeed be better.
     
    stauffer, Sep 1, 2006
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  4. metal

    stauffer Guest

    One strong recommendation is to use two hard drives. One is used for
    program storage and everything other than video. The second, a very
    large, fast (SATA) drive is used JUST for the video. Make the computer
    has a good Firewire input, and having it on the front of the machine is
    a very nice convenience.

    Another neat feature is a video card with video (analog) output so you
    can preview the work on an analog NTSC video monitor.

    Don't forget to use a decent sound card. BTW, we get by with a gig of
    memory okay, though more would indeed be better.
     
    stauffer, Sep 1, 2006
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    Lew Guest

    Lew, Sep 1, 2006
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  6. The Intel Core 2 Duo smokes everything else and at a reasonable $$
    Maybe? 2G may be plenty.
    60-80G for boot/system/cache/programs and NO VIDEO

    Several 120~150G for video projects.
    I keep raw drives on the shelf and use those
    USB2 to PATA (or SATA) adapter cables.
    Unless your video edit software uses some particular feature
    of the video card, I just use whatever is cheap.
    Whatever works best with your video edit software.
    I'd rather have Pro than "Media". More mainstream
    and less likely to have problems with any application.
     
    Richard Crowley, Sep 2, 2006
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