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Old 01-06-04, 05:32 PM
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Building a computer for VIDEO editing and DVD Burning. Any advice?

I am going to invest in Ulead DVD Workshop 2. Program looks great! It will be released in mid February


So, I have from now until then to build a machine.

Here is what I already have:

Firewire Card

40 GB HD (Old Maxtor 7200 RPM)

160 GB Barracuda Ultra ATA 7200 Drive (Will this be good for Video Editing? I just picked it up today)

Sony DRU 510A DVD Burner

Nvida Geforce 3 Ti200 Video Card

Old school Sound Card (works just fine)

WinXP Home Edition



Here is what I need:

Case

Mother Board

CPU

Power Supply

RAM (1 GB or 512, Can't decide)



---Did I leave anything out?---

Also, there is the problem of WinXP on 2 machines. Can I use my copy of XP on both machines?
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you left out the g5. j/k
Old 01-06-04, 08:43 PM
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Re: Building a computer for VIDEO editing and DVD Burning. Any advice?

Originally posted by Sominex
160 GB Barracuda Ultra ATA 7200 Drive (Will this be good for Video Editing? I just picked it up today)
Should be fine, unless you're doing A LOT of stuff. During one of my projects, I filled up my 120GB drive what with all my source footage, effects renders, Photoshop files, etc.

Originally posted by Sominex
RAM (1 GB or 512, Can't decide)
If you can afford it, go for 1GB. More is better.

What are you using for the actual video editing?
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200g will be fine. I would go with 1g of ram in dual channel mode and at least pc2700 ddr. Cooling is an issue as is the power supply so don't skimp on that.
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Do you guys have any ball park estimates on how much these components would cost?
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Also, there is the problem of WinXP on 2 machines. Can I use my copy of XP on both machines?
Only if it's been activated by one PC already. You might have to find out if you want to simply migrate the license from one to another (don't really know the details on how that is carried out, but I'm sure the Microsoft website can help shed some light on the topic).

All dependent on name/speed/features:

Case $20-$100

Mother Board $70-$200

CPU $80-$400

Power Supply $25-$100

RAM (1 GB or 512, Can't decide) $80-$125 per 512MB.
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OK-


I am looking at just designing ONE machine now. I will use a lot of the parts and WinXP from my current computer


Someone recommended me to tigerdirect.com --

I am looking at getting a MoBo and CPU for around $150 (approx)

I am also thinking of getting an AMD cpu


So... something like a AMD XP 2400+ and a compatible MoBo


I would LIKE the MoBo to have:

LAN port
USB 2.0
DDRM RAM slots (of course)

and all the other normal bells and whistles




Any ideas?

All the cases I was looking at were around $50 to $60 and CAME WITH 400 w power supplies and cooling fan (nice deal)

I would LOVE a case that has a window on the side, AND has a side that is EASY to take off and put back on

Any ideas for those 3 things?


THANKS ALL!
Old 01-09-04, 08:47 AM
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I would go with an Intel processor over AMD. For video editing--specifically, encoding files--Intel has always been the (substantially) more powerful processor. However, that said, AMD's Athlon 64 3000+ holds it's own against the fastest of Intel's processors.
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You should upgrade your soundcard too. If you're going to spend hundreds on this, might as well go all the way.
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I want a CPU and MoBo to really make this system fly for video editing and DVD burning!

Any ideas?

Check out Tiger Direct!


Let me know guys!

I am looking to spend $160 (for CPU and MoBo)
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$160 won't buy you a CPU *and* motherboard that will "fly for video editing and DVD burning." $160 will barely buy you a P4 processor.

For that price, I think you'll have to settle for a $100 motherboard (there are many) and an AMD Athlon XP 2100+.
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Originally posted by danw
$160 won't buy you a CPU *and* motherboard that will "fly for video editing and DVD burning." $160 will barely buy you a P4 processor.

For that price, I think you'll have to settle for a $100 motherboard (there are many) and an AMD Athlon XP 2100+.


MoBo



CPU


Total for the 2 is $150. Not too bad

Not P4, but it's better then the Celeron 1.2 Ghz I have now
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I would go with more storage. I have two pcs for video editing, each has over 200GB in HD capacity, and I still need more. Especially since I can't delete any of the source files until the complete end of the project. I need so much more space.
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i've been editing with a P3 800mhz with 512MB SDRAM. the only thing i've found i need is more hard drive space. a faster computer with more RAM would help with rendering times but space would mostly be the biggest factor.

i have a 120GB 7200rpm drive which has done well for me but i have yet to edit a project that is over 30 minutes long. I recently compiled a lot of my short 5-20 minute films onto DVD-R. other than the wait for the video to be converted into MPEG-2 format the process was pretty smooth.
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Originally posted by Neitzl
I would go with more storage. I have two pcs for video editing, each has over 200GB in HD capacity, and I still need more. Especially since I can't delete any of the source files until the complete end of the project. I need so much more space.
I will have a 160 GB, 40 GB and a 13 GB (Maybe I should get rid of the 13 GB and replace it with another 160 GB?)

Money is tight, so I have to cut corners somewhere.

What do you guys think of the processor and MoBo I selected?

Also, the Seagate Baracuda drive. It is 160GB, 7200 RPM, and 8MB Cache.

I am worried about the "SPEED" of the drive. Will that be good for video editing??
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wow...no one recommended a Mac with Final Cut Pro? Which may be the best piece of home authoring software EVER?
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Originally posted by Sominex
What do you guys think of the processor and MoBo I selected?
The processor you picked has a 333MHz front side bus. The motherboard you picked has a (max) 266MHz front side bus. You need a motherboard that can go faster. Tiger appears to see a number of capable mobos.


Also, the Seagate Baracuda drive. It is 160GB, 7200 RPM, and 8MB Cache.

I am worried about the "SPEED" of the drive. Will that be good for video editing??
Don't be; the drive is capable.
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Originally posted by danw
The processor you picked has a 333MHz front side bus. The motherboard you picked has a (max) 266MHz front side bus. You need a motherboard that can go faster. Tiger appears to see a number of capable mobos.




Don't be; the drive is capable.

Thanks danw!


So, I will find a MoBo and CPU with Front Bus Speed of 333

Also, will I notice drastic difference in 256K and 512kb cache on these CPU's?
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Originally posted by Sominex
Also, will I notice drastic difference in 256K and 512kb cache on these CPU's?
I honestly have no idea.
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Originally posted by Sominex

Also, will I notice drastic difference in 256K and 512kb cache on these CPU's?
I would go for more cache if you can afford it. From everything I've read and heard, the amount of cache you have can have the biggest effect on how fast and application can run. That is why it is such a big deal that the P4 EE has 2MB of L3 cache. As for noticing a real difference between 256k and 512k, I don't know.

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