Video Editing Computer Suggestions

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  1. saint jimmy88

    saint jimmy88 New Member

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    I'm helping my friend build a comptuer for school. He will be using it for school and video editing. He has up to 2k to spend, what should i recommend him get. I'm used to building gaming rigs...are there any certian things i should tell him to lean toward/aginst for video editing?
     
  2. diranged

    diranged New Member

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    I'd build an iWill zMax DP with Dual Core Opteron 265 CPUs... but if that comes out to too much, try a Shuttle SN25P w/ Athlon64 4600+ X2 Dual Core CPU + 4GB DDR400 Ram + Western Digital Raptor 74GB internal SATA drive + a few external drives in USB2 or Firewire cases...
     
  3. diranged

    diranged New Member

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    This is pretty close to what I would build.. actually, its what I own :p


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  4. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    that machine is wrong on so many levels!

    Shuttle? eww. Kingston? Ugh. AOpen? gross. ATi? omg. And a sapphire even! jeez!
     
  5. diranged

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    Thanks for the constructive input... :hsugh:
     
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    babygodzilla I love rice

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    lol once again, you and your VERY intelligent and USEFUL comments make my day.
     
  7. Nikkorizz

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    Oh! I used to take video editing classes.
    I really recommend two monitors if you're going to use Adobe Premiere, Final Cut or After Effects, it really makes things easier.
    Space is going to be the key and lots of it, removable hardrives if you want to transfer it to class and back.
    512 RAM suited me fine, but you can up it if your friend has little patience.

    And of course a video card.
    Nothing insane, but one that will do the job, unless you're gonna do a lot of 3-D editing. I'd recommend one with firewire capabilities. Most modern video cameras support that.
    As for the rest, you can listen to them ^ :mamoru:
     
  8. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    You can get a Mac dual 2.0GHz G5 for $2000 US, and that's a video powerhouse. If you're a student, you can get one with some extra RAM and stuff for 2k.
     
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    I'd agree with the Mac idea -- except that buying a Mac that is going to be "obsolete" in a year when they come out with x86 based Macs is somewhat frustrating I think. :/

    (though I am typing this on my Mac mini, and my fiance is using her iBook since my PowerBook is ripping a DVD right now... so who am I to talk. :p)
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    But any computer you buy right now will be "obsolete" in that sense within a year.
     
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    but not obsolete in the sense that the company has COMPLETELY changed archetectures :mamoru:
     
  12. huntz0r

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    A video editing rig needs three things first: lots of processor, lots of RAM, and lots of fast hard disk space. Here is what I would build to start with:

    Antec PERFORMANCE TX1088AMG Gray Steel Server Computer Case 480W Power Supply
    $139.00

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 1GHz FSB Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4200BVBOX - Retail
    $555.00

    ASUS A8N-E Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    $114.00

    CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System
    $99.00 x2 $198.00

    Leadtek PX6200 TC -64 Geforce 6200TC Supporting 256MB* DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
    $69.00

    Western Digital Raptor WD360GD 36.7GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    $113.00

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3300831AS 300GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
    $165.00 x2 $330.00

    NEC Black IDE DVD Burner Model ND-3540A - OEM
    $41.99

    Panasonic Panaflo FBA08A12L -1J 80mm Hydro Wave Cooling Fan - OEM
    $10.99 x2 $21.98


    Total: $1581.97

    There is headroom because the system is not quite done. A video capture card of some kind will be needed obviously. Someone who knows more than I do about the particulars should take over on that. Could be a couple hundred bucks depending on fanciness. The large drives could be run in RAID0 if desired, with the nVidia chipset solution, or left as two.

    The RAM could be bumped up to 4GB if you want to go nuts. Bumping the processor any more is probably not worth the money. Video could be bumped if higher-end gaming or dual DVI is a concern. 36GB Raptor could be bumped to a 72GB version. (But it's mainly just the boot drive and might not need to be that big.)

    I assume a monitor need not be included in the budget? A keyboard and mouse and speakers also are nice to have, and never forget a good surge protector like this is a must.
     
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    Well, I must say this is a pretty good start to a machine. Although I do not care for the x2 cores, they do shine in multithreaded apps -- which a good video editing package will be. Although I would still recommend a dual-core intel over the dual-core amd. As for video capture... A Hauppage PVR-150 is a good starting point. Do *NOT* run RAID0, however. No noticable performance benefit will be realized, and a drastic reduction in reliability will occur -- something that is unacceptable when you work with valuable video data. I would upgrade to the 74GB raptor. First of all, 36GB is pushing the small side for your apps... And the 74GB raptor actually has a better seek time... And is faster.

    You should go for the 74GB raptor even if the capacity is not a concern... The 74GB has a faster seek time.

    That surge surpressor is entirely over-rated. You are much better benefited from a proper UPS backup system... Something with AVR that corrects voltage drops, as well as spikes!
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    True. But it's not going to make a huge difference. Apple will still support their PPC machines (they'd be crazy not to) and it's not like they're going to be a massive, unprecedented speed jump.
     

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