My dad is looking to upgrade his PC, he does video editing and multimedia as a hobby so he needs something capable of running the latest software.
Approximate Purchase Date: New year
Budget Range: £500 so about $800. I'm in the UK and out of the loop on good components right now. I'm aware of regional price differences, but getting a good base build to start with is my goal, so advice from any region would be appreciated.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, image editing, multimedia, general computing, games/flight sims.
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: All internal components and a case, no accessories needed.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer.com, Amazon UK
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, he's an AMD loyalist. I'm thinking the FX-6300 from Novembers gaming CPU round-up.
Motherboard socket AM3+ with USB3 and Firewire (for his older cameras) if at all possible.
GPU, no brand preference, doesn't have to be able to run latest games on max settings. Just something more than capable of running Adobe Creative Suite, Sony Vegas, Avid Liquid etc. without issues. Dual DVI/HDMI outputs need for dual screen setup.
RAM, at least 8GB, more the better.
Storage, 2x SATA drives capable for video editing, SSD not essential.
DVD drive with good read/write speeds.
PSU with room for future additional drives and expansion cards.
PCI Firewire card if no motherboards are available with it.
Case, black, simple with adequate ventilation for cpu and gpu. Front USB ports
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Why Are You Upgrading: As stated above, my Dad needs an upgrade because his current PC struggles with newer editing software. He's currently running a Dual Core CPU, 2GB RAM, IDE drives etc. It's time.
Key point here is value for money, just needs to be able to handle current software with ease and not struggle with near future updates.
This is the best that i can get for $800..
for video editing, you'll need powerfull processor, well, that's mean AMD 8 core cpu, so 8320 is the answer ..
and amd cards is very excellent for vegas acceleration rendering with openCL..
Cooler..? yeah, somehow at the point you'll overclock that cpu..