Hi. I am looking at building a system for video editing (Adobe CS3). Actually this is the first time I am building a system. I have needs of:
a) transferring/capturing HD/SD from camera
b) video editing and rendering (using Premiere/After Effects)
I am planning to go with 4GB memory.
Based on my budget I am considering Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Energy Efficient 95W edition Socket 775 (2.40GHz) G0 Stepping L2 8MB Cache OEM
I am hoping this will provide me a much better processing than my current laptop (Dell Inspiron 6000/1.73ghz/2GB/ATI Mobility x300 w128MB dedicated memory).
Besides the usual components, I am not sure what kind of motherboard would be best suited for the processor (for video editing) and what video card I should go for (please bear in mind I cannot afford very expensive video cards at the moment. I may install a high end one sometime down the line).. Please find below what I have on my shopping list (I would be grateful if you could point out if I have missed something -- including cables, heatsink, screws etc).
Thanks very much akhilles. That was reassuring. I worked out a cheaper config with an AMD AM2 CPU but the crunching for Adobe Premiere encoding (as per the processor comparison on this site) would apparently take double the time. The cost savings between an Intel and AMD system was about £80 (AMD £380. Intel £460). So I think I'll go for the Intel build. This is what the final system will look like:
For your criticism
Zotac 8500GT 512MB DDR2 DVI VGA TV Out PCI-E Graphics Card. Suggestions for a graphics card is welcome as I am not sure what would be reasonable for video editing (HD/SD). I realise I don't need the Quadro types 3D rendering graphics card as I am not doing any animation. Am I right in my assumption? As of now I only use a bit of Adobe After Effects for titling and some other effects at the most.
Belkin IDE Single Ribbon Cable 18"
Belkin Serial ATA 2.0 7-pin Cable (Yellow) 18"
Hitachi 250GB Hard Drive SATA II 7200RPM 8MB Cache - OEM
Speeze (EE514B7) Speeze Intel P4 775 cooler - Ball bearing with push pins for easy motherboard mounting
Extra Value Pst700-it1 Thermal Compound Silver Grease Injection Tube
Extra Value 80mm Blue LED Case Fan
Extra Value Gold 750W Silent PSU - 12cm Fan, 20+4pin, 2x SATA, 1x PCI-E
Casecom 6630 Black Midi Tower Case With Front Panel USB2.0/Audio - No PSU