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.
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
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?
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
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 ^^