I am building a system for video editing and need advice on buying a video card for HD/SD. I use Adobe CS3. My needs are mostly video editing with some work (like titling on After Effects). I am not into 3D Special Effects or Animation. I compared an AMD AM2 system with an Intel Core2 Quad. But given the comparison between the two on Toms Hardware (for Premiere 2 encoding) AM2 would apparently take double the time. The cost diff between the two 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.
However I am not sure what graphics card to buy and any suggestions are most 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 and I foresee that to be my needs for at least a year.
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You are correct that you needn't a Quadro FX or FireGL video card; the only thing they specialize in that you can't get from other cards is raytracing.
As for the CPU choice, I would confirm that the Intel Core2Quad is a good choice; for editing and production, pretty much nothing can beat them.
As for what video card you SHOULD get... I'm not entirely positive here. Obviously, you'll want one that can handle your encoding and decoding of high-definition video quite well. I'd say that as such, you'd want a minimum of a Radeon HD 2400 series card; as I understand, while nVidia's cards hold a bit of an edge in gaming, they actually trail a little behind in terms of video handling.
Manufacturer Model Support Notes
ATI Radeon X1950 PCI-Express Full Support
ATI Radeon X1900 PCI-Express Full Support
ATI x1900 PCI-Express Full Support Mac only
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 PCI-Express Full Support Mac only
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 PCI-Express Full Support Mac only
NVIDIA Quadro FX 55/5600 PCI-Express Full Support
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 PCI-Express Full Support
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500 PCI-Express Full Support
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500 PCI-Express Full Support
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 PCI-Express Full Support
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 PCI-Express Full Support