I just thought I'd take a stab here after lurking for awhile. I'm currently into desktop video - converting dozens of home videos, current videos etc. I've found out that my Athlon XP1900 isn't a bad cpu, but when it comes to encoding it isn't a speed demon either. I believe it has a 133mhz fsb, and I have 512mb 2700 DDR. I'm ready to upgrade, and would like opinions on cost effective board/chip combos. As I understand it, Intel chipsets 875 and E7505 tend to work well with video - any suggestions for boards/cpus? I want a decent system that offers real advantage over my ancient K7AMA board and AMD - thanks for any suggestions! I'll be running three drives currently and a Plextor dvd burner. I'm not a gamer either.
I would select the Gigabyte board... Solid, stable, fast and feature rich...
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If you want to go P4, I suggest a 3.2C (Northwood, 512k cache) and an Abit IS7. If you're considering RAID, a couple Seagate SATA drives would do. Also, you'll want some name-brand PC3200 with decent latencies, CAS 2.5 is good, CAS 2 is better.
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RAID will help while editing your video file as the data will be send faster to the editor, as when you edit your clip and want to move fast to a certain location. More RAM will help by having the computer to avoid using a swap file too often.
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