So I was looking at upgrading from my current E7400 system to a i-7 (860 or 920 not yet sure) system and was in a big box store (gasp). The friendly tech rep suggested that since I really am only looking at speeding up rendering of HD family movies and don't game much, that instead of looking at a new system I should instead upgrade to the ATI 48XX series or Nvidia GTS series. He suggested that would help. Now, I have read several posts that the vid card really doesn't do much for HD rendering, and hence my search for a new i7 system. Am I wrong here? If I should get a new I7 system, I will likely get a 860 series since I don't know enough to overclock, etc.
As far as I remember the E7400 is a 1333mhz FSB, which would allow for an Upgrade to a Q9550, as said above.
The Q9550 will improve performance tenfold in rendering apps.
As far as GFX cards go, the ATI 48xx series are brilliant Value for money, but I would strongly suggest investing in a 58xx series card. When Video Rendering software hits DX11 you will see a HUGE boost in speed and quality of the rendering.
Thanks for the help. My desktop is a Dell 530 so no good to upgrade to a quad processor. The software is Sony Vegas studio and Pinnalcle Studio 12. So to be clear, the vid card does help render avchd files to divx? Thanks