What OS for a new quad core video edit station

Hello everyone,

In the next few days ill be ordering a new quad core PC to build with a friend of mine that we will be using to edit AVCHD files off the Panasonic AG-HMC150 camera I just got. So we will probably be running Vegas or premiere. One question I have left is what OS do I want to use? Some say XP64 is more stable, vista64 is better for multimedia, and some say to just use the windows 7 trial until that is released.

I will probably just keep this new PC as only an editing station with a few infrequent visits to the net to grab drivers or fix technical problems. But will keep gaming on my other PC. Ill probably be running a RAID 1 on two 1tb hard drives for video file storage and a raid 0 on a separate pair of drives for the OS and applications in case this makes any difference.

im sure im leaving out some things people would like to take into consideration before they can make a recommendation so just let me know.

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  1. anyone?
  2. i'm running windows 7 32 bit and it's pretty stable not to mention fast and its free until next year! i would recommend 7 64bit and if you dont like it just get xp or vista afterwards, you have nothing to lose installing the windows 7 rc first :sol:
  3. Just my opinion but I'd go with Vista x64...
  4. Buy Vista now and get Windows 7 free for later ...
  5. You get a free Windows 7 upgrade if you buy Vista now. Windows 7 is not a supported OS yet, and if you have any trouble with it you are on your own to figure it out. Vista is the most common OS right now and drivers are highly tested for compatibility ect, you will have the most luck with that OS. XP 64 is buggy, and I wouldn't attempt it unless you are very software/driver savvy and know XP inside and out, more than just the average user.

    Are you looking for parts recommendations as well? Or do you already have that taken care of?
  6. Feignx said:
    Buy Vista now and get Windows 7 free for later ...

    only because win 7 isn't supported by any tech yet, soon as it is swap
  7. hi everybody!

    i am looking into the same thing as treebeard. i am going to buy a editing station for avchd editing with panasonic hmc150. what hardware is recommended for this to work smoothly?

    this system was recommended to me. what do you think?

    Cooler Master CM 690

    CPU Sockel AM2+
    AMD Phenom II X4 940 (Art.-Nr.: HEGA63)
    Phenom II X4 940 (4x 3000 MHz)
    € 150,00

    Mainboards Sockel AM2+
    GigaByte GA-MA770-UD3 (Art.-Nr.: GEEG19)
    GA-MA770-UD3 (AMD 770)

    memory DDR2-800
    A-DATA DIMM 4 GB DDR2-800 Kit (Art.-Nr.: ICIEVM)
    DIMM 4 GB DDR2-800 Kit (4096 MB)
    € 44,49*
    2X = € 88,98*

    HDD 3,5 SATA
    Western Digital WD6400AAKS 640 GB (Art.-Nr.: AEBW04)
    WD6400AAKS 640 GB (640 GB)
    € 49,49*
    2X=€ 98,98*

    Sharkoon HDD Vibe-Fixer 3 5,25" (Art.-Nr.: AZZ#13)
    HDD Vibe-Fixer 3 5,25" (für 5,25"-Einbauschacht)
    € 9,89*
    2X=€ 19,78*

    Grafic card ATI Radeon HD4000
    Sapphire HD4870 Vapor-X (Art.-Nr.: JCXSUG) 2gb or 1gb?
    HD4870 Vapor-X (ATI Radeon HD4870)
    € 149,90*

    what parts did you choose, treebeard? why?
    help would really be appreciated since i am not a hardware specialist.
    thanks alot
  8. Hmm i was seeking what peeps use for GPU for your task and seems stuff like HD 3650/3850 would suffice so perhaps get a lower power HD 4xxx series? My pick is the HD 4670 :P
    Also perhaps an AM3/DDR3 would do nicely? Upon closer inspection theres a new 95W TDP 945 AM3 Deneb on Egg too! Nice! Went with that Giga board as it had a good build and Firewire ^^
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