I am looking for a reliabl


I am looking for a reliable, high quality PC under $3,500 (not including monitors) to be used for video editing and graphic design. After reading through the VideoGuys recommendation article, as well as other magazine articles, I figured this would be a good choice:

MJ-12 5500

Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
Case: Alienware Professional Workstation Chassis – Silver/Black
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 510 Deluxe
Motherboard: Alienware PCI Express Motherboard with Intel 925XE Chipset 1066/800MHz FSB
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530J w/ HT Technology 3.0GHz 1MB Cache
Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz – 2 x 512MB
Graphics Accelerator: NVIDIA Quadro FX 1400 PCI Express 128MB DDR w/Digital and S-Video Out
System Drive: High Performance – Serial ATA – 80GB Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/8MB Cache
A/V Work Drives: High Performance with Data Security – Serial ATA RAID 1 – 160GB (160GB x 2) Serial ATA 7,200 RPM w/16MB Cache
Removable Storage : Alienware 10-in-1 Digital Media Reader / Writer
Primary Optical Drive: NEC ND-3520 16x Dual Layer DVDR/W Drive
Network Connection: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Additional Input / Output Controller: SIIG Firewire 800 3-Port PCI Controller
Digital Audio Hardware: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro High Definition 7.1 Surround with Dual Firewire (IEEE 1394)
Primary Display: No Monitor
Secondary Display: No Monitor
Power Protection: Opti-UPS ES800C 800VA (480W Capacity)
Speakers: Creative GigaWorks THX S750 – 7.1 700-Watt Speakers
Keyboard: Microsoft Basic Keyboard Black
Security Software: Norton AntiVirus 2005
Free Alienware Mousepad: Free Alienware Mousepad

I also plan on getting two Sony SDM-S94/S Stylepro 19″ Flat Panel LCD monitors. I already own two 120GB Western Digital external hard drives.

Do you think this is a good set-up for what I need to do? I will be using this computer with the Adobe Video Collection and Creative Suite. Also, I have never owned an LCD monitor. Are the ones I mentioned a good choice? Here’s part of the specs.:

Type TFT Active Matrix

Viewable Size 19″

Brightness 400 cd/m2

Contrast Ratio 500:1

Viewing Angle 150 Horizontal, 120 Vertical

Pixel Dot Pitch 0.294

Response Time 12 ms

Panel Life Not Specified by Manufacturer

Colors Supported 16.2 Million


Internal Interface Analog/Digital

Frequency Horizontal: 20 – 80 kHz
Vertical: 48 – 75 Hz

Sync Type TTL Level
Sync on Green

Resolutions Maximum: 1280 x 1024
Native: 1280 x 1024

Supported Resolutions
Automatically adjusts to any resolution lower than 1280 x 1024.

God bless,

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