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Building a PC for Video Editing on a budget

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Hi forum friends!

Although I very much enjoy spending my spare time editing my high definition video footage and processing large RAW format photos, I find myself becoming increasingly frustrated with the performance of my trusty old P4 when performing such intensive tasks as previewing my videos or processing just about anything, so I feel that now might well be the time to invest in some new hardware. Usually I would just go out and buy the best parts I can afford, but I have been away from the IT front line for some time now and I don't know what is good anymore, which is where you guys come in. My budget isn't huge so I can't afford to buy a PC named after a character from Norse mythology, so I need to know what I need to prioritize when I decide where to spend my money on.

My main questions are:

1 - Intel or AMD?

2 - NVidea or ATI?

3 - What will bring the most performance benefit for video & photo editing: Video RAM / system RAM / processor Cores / GHz?

Clearly I would benefit from all of the above, but the budget forces compromise. I am not a PC gamer -I have a playstation for that- so I don't need anything specialized towards gaming.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks as always!


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Neil Jones

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1) Makes no ends realistically, some people say an i7 is geared up but they cost a fortune, an arm, a leg a kidney and the life of your eldest offspring to buy on their own never mind everything else to go witht hem.
2) Makes no ends.
3) Edit the raw footage and do the processing on a secondary drive, not the main one. Also a lack of memory can cause a system to take all day to do anything.
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