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    Hi Guys
    Can anyone give me suitable spec for a Pc to be used for video (Amateur not a professional!!) editing based on an Intel processor (price range £400 - £600) or have you one for sale W.H.Y.

    Next question - reason for this my Pc has died but the hard drive is still usable - need to know will all the applications contained on this drive still work with a new build pc, or can the drive be ghosted onto a new drive (loads of apps on this drive but do not have all the discs now) can this be done or are they lost forever AGH!!!

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    id go for a quad core system, probably a q6600, with 4gb of ram.

    Sounds to me like you will have lost all of those apps

    Original Poster

    Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66mhz 1066mhz FSB 8mb L2 cache
    Asus P5Q P45 mobo
    Corsair 4Gb 1066mhz/PC2-8500 XMS2 ram
    Samsung SpinPoint F1 640Gb 16Mb buffer HDrive
    Sapphire HD4650 512Mb with 1Gb Hypermemory GDDR3

    What does anyone think, any changes required?

    ianmantra;4911349

    Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66mhz 1066mhz FSB 8mb L2 cacheAsus P5Q P45 … Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66mhz 1066mhz FSB 8mb L2 cacheAsus P5Q P45 moboCorsair 4Gb 1066mhz/PC2-8500 XMS2 ramSamsung SpinPoint F1 640Gb 16Mb buffer HDriveSapphire HD4650 512Mb with 1Gb Hypermemory GDDR3What does anyone think, any changes required?



    I would maybe get the Q6600 if cheaper.
    Would also get some good DDR800 memory.
    For video editing a HDD with 32MB cache may help.

    WIth the money saved on the CPU and ram I would maybe have a look at a higher end GPU, depending off course whether the apps you will be using support GPU offloading.

    Using your old hard drive in the new pc may be possible depending on how similar the chipset hardware is.

    Original Poster

    Hi Guys
    Thanks for the replies.
    Questions - why go for the 6600 processor is there a specific reason?
    Benefits of DDR800 memory over Corsair 1066mhz/PC2-8500 XMS2?
    Reason for higher end GPU? I thought that fast processor (for rendering) plenty ram, large HDD (Accept 32Mbs buffer suggestion, makes sense) were the prerequisits for video editing (unless you can afford dedicated video editing cards Matrox, Canopus etc).
    I don't doubt your advice just wanted clarification.

    Thanks again.

    PS Will be using Magix software, Premier, and any others You might suggest!

    Original Poster

    Hi Dcx,
    Thanks for your reply.
    Suggestions for the 2 hard drives please. I have external hard drives would it be wise not to use these for editing purposes, one does have a fire wire connection.
    Software - have been using Magix Movie Edit Pro 10 Plus, do have older versions of Vegas and Premier but could not use them as they needed an Intel processor (od system had AMD processor), but should be able to use with new system. Any suggestions for software?
    Do you know if dual AGP/Pci mobos are still available, and one that would accept processor you recommended. Only asking as old ATI AIW card is still working apparently and wondered if it would be worth having old and new cards to work with. Old card had a breakout connection for connecting up my camcorder. Not sure if this would be worthwile considering?

    Advice gladly accepted.

    Original Poster

    Hi thanks for the reply.
    Software is Magix Movie Edit Pro 10 Plus, do have older versions of Vegas and Premier, seems that CS versions will cost the same as new pc!! Just looking for a spec that will cut down rendering times and software that doesn't crash! My cam corder is a sony TRV model but looking to change that in the future. Only an amateur at this but what are your thoughts on the Dazzle products?

    Thanks again

    morrk;4912550

    Using your old hard drive in the new pc may be possible depending on how … Using your old hard drive in the new pc may be possible depending on how similar the chipset hardware is.



    Eh? You may be thinking of a raid array there. If it's a single hard drive it should work regardless of the motherboard.

    You should be able to recover most of the applications, but some will take a bit of work. You'll almost certainly have to use a new install of windows as that is hardware dependant and when running that new install you'll find that some applications will run fine and you'll only have to create new shortcuts for them, but some will complain about missing dll files or other problems. This is because they've made registry entries critical to their functioning or installed files in the window system folder so if you want them running you'll have to recreate the entries or copy the files over.

    ianmantra;4916186

    Reason for higher end GPU? I thought that fast processor (for rendering) … Reason for higher end GPU? I thought that fast processor (for rendering) plenty ram, large HDD (Accept 32Mbs buffer suggestion, makes sense) were the prerequisits for video editing (unless you can afford dedicated video editing cards Matrox, Canopus etc).



    The Q6600 is a good value product in general, it performs well enough for it's price to offset it's higher heat and power use compared to the more modern quad-cores. However, it's not a good choice for video editing since the 8- and 9-series quad cores introduced SSE4.1 which makes them as fast if not faster for video editing programs that support it. :

    xbitlabs.com/art…tml

    So in your case I'd steer cleer of the Q6600 and Q6700.

    I don't know whether the Core i7s have come down in price enough to be worth considering.

    Also, if your video editing programs don't make use of the GPU why spend £45 on a mid-range one? Save £25 getting a 4350 so you can spend it on better fans to make the PC quieter, or £40-50 on a passively cooled 4350/4550.

    I'm no expert on video editing so I can't comment on the hard drive requirements.

    I don't see any silent fans or CPU cooler listed, do you have that stuff from your previous system?
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