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- August 28, 2005 at 11:45 PM #36666matt01992k5Participant
Im looking to be building a computer in the future for editing and gaming.
For those of you that do a lot of editing with programs like Premier and Avid and Final Cut Pro, what would you reccomend for a system that would run smoothly at most all times while editing. I know due to my computer right now that editing can take a toll on you rcomputer’s performance, and your computers performance can take a toll on your editing!
What kind of graphics card, or do you reccomend dual cards, I know a lot of people are doing that these days… what speed processor and how much ram and what kind?? Any other tips are welcome as well!
when looking at editing pc choices…
the larger the Hard Drives, the better
get the most ram you can
get quality components
get an adequate power supply
the faster the processor, the better your experience will be
ultimately, i would suggest researching all your choices of software for editing regarding specifications and hardware compatibility, ask questions in the community forums for those particular programs. You have to decide the level of time and economic commitments you are going to make in doing this.
addition to John….. don’t mix ur PC with Editing and Gaming…..
I would like to make some observations:
– first, the minimum amount of RAM to work decent is actually 512 MB (since most programs require 256);
– then, having both hdd’s as master is not always required nor recommended; e.g. I use a Pinnacle platform and the setup recommended by them is system drive – pri master / video drive – pri slave;
– and last, the graphics card is really of no importance unless you also want to do 3D and digital compositing (Maya, 3DS etc) editing programs (NLE’s) won’t benefit from an expensive card. I reckon any 128 meg card will do if you can find one.
512k is the minimum to be able to run most NLEs, but not the minimum I would recommend. I have run with 512k, 1gig and 2gig of ram and believe me there is a big difference between 512k and 1gig. The cost (if buying online) difference is only fifty bucks, so I would recommend a minimum of 1gig ram, and 2gig is much better.
As for the drives, faster is better and masters are faster than slaves. There is no software that would complain or run slower if you put your video drive up as a master.
Video cards – there are cards that may make some software occasionally crash (especially Pinnacle Studio) and other cards that will do a live-render of animations and compositions faster, and this is where a little extra video ram can help prevent dragging video previews.
So, while my well-meaning Romanian friend is usually right-on with his posts, I would urge anyone setting up a new system to pay some attention to my recommendations and even more so – those of videoguys.com (with whom I have no connection).
I heartily agree — I’ve noticed a big difference running from the master and I recently upgraded to a gig of ram. I should have done that a long time ago.
512k is the minimum to be able to run most NLEs, but not the minimum I would recommend. I have run with 512k, 1gig and 2gig of ram and believe me there is a big difference between 512k and 1gig.
I’m sure you meant 512 MB, rather than K 😉 Having 512k of RAM must be a nightmare indeed.