i5 is better than the phenom II 955 or 965 quad? also, since it is a video editing computer, wouldn't that also mean that we'd need to get more ram? From my understanding, video editing requires a lot of ram, and cpu usage.
Just looking to compare the build i've have saved.
Yes i5 will perform better in that role, ideally he would want an i7 920, but that is out of the budget. The CPU will be the biggest focus of a video editing computer, lots of RAM is generally needed by CAD programs moreso than video editing.
With some good deals on newegg, you could probably get an i7 920 system for close to the same price as the i7 860, I think for more basic video editing use the i5 is great, however if this is something where performance and efficiency matters, then tell him to bite the bullet and go with an i7 920 build.
My friend is going to be using CS4 adobe suite. Also he'll probably get the 30$ win 7 for students.. So that'll bring the price down. Also, would it be a good idea to wait till around the christmas time where i hear prices are much better.. Just wondering, because i dont' want my friend to get all these parts and 2 months later the same build is 200 cheaper..
This is just out of your friend's price range, but if he really wants to make that Adobe software sing he needs an i7 system, 12GBs of ram and a Quadro card with the new Elemental Accelerator, which is optimized for Adobe applications. A Quadro FX 1800 would be good and a FX 3800 would really cook. Unfortunately, the 3800 is your friend's total budget.
What you're proposing would run a video editing system if your friend sticks to SD editing and light effects work. HD or many layers would be a problem. If your friend intends to use this system professionally, he'll have to revise his budget. If he's just learning and using it for personal projects, he should be alright.