Looking to build a system running dual core w/Windows XP. Applictions including surfing Internet, Quickbooks 2004, Photos, Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 (HD/audio Editing).
My current system is a Dell Precession workstation 330, purchased in 2001 and its a workhorse! I can even download HD video from my Sony HDR-HC3 and playback using 3rd party software. However, it gets choppy and I definitely need more space (2.2Gigabytes per 10 minutes of video).
One of my main goals is to break my system into 2 parts. I would like to build a system in which I will pick the case/psu/gpu/hdd irrespective of my cpu/mobo/mem combo, as they get updated more often.
These parts are the ones I plan on keeping even after multiple upgrades.
Don't have to wait for price cuts- therefore can buy these parts now:
If you are doing a lot of High Def Video editing, the two things you want for working in real time is a lot of ram, a lot of hard drive space, and quick hard drive access times. I would suggest getting 4GB of ram, especially if you are going to be running a 64-bit operating system like akhilles said. I would also suggest running a raid of faster drives if you have the money, and have a separate storage drive for the clips or projects you arent using currently. I do a lot of video editing myself, and a fast hard drive makes all the difference for real time video editing.