PC Build for HDV Editing

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:

1) CASE ($129) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 (psu located at bottom of case)

2) PSU ($129) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341001

3) HDD ($53 os/apps) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

4) GPU ($129) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150182

--buy after April 22 (want to spend ~$100 for the cpu, mobo, mem)--

AM2 Combo

5) MB ($90) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128010

6) CPU ($99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103741

7) (MEM) ($139) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145015

OR Core 2 Duo Combo

5) MB ($104) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128017

6) CPU ($181) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115005

7) (MEM) ($139) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145015
(same as AM2/mobo system)

Whats the suggestions?
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  1. Have a look at these Video cards. Depending on how much HDV you are doing it could be worth the investment.


  2. Bingo. Premiere Pro 2 does support Quadro & a few other popular ati/nvidia cards.


    AM2 chips are a bit faster than C2D ones at stock:


    The 5000+ seems to be the best-bang-for-the-buck at stock:


    This ram will work fine & is very affordable. Get 4 gigs if you run 64-bit os:


    You can compare the quadro cards here:

  3. 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.
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