I use this PC just for playing game (I'm not a hardcore gamer, tho), listening music, touch-up photo, and editing home video from MiniDV tape with firewire 400. Recently, I upgrade my Handycam and I realized that this system won't help me much when editing HD Home Video (720p, and sometimes 1080p).
My questions are:
1. with $380, would it bring a new horsepower to my system? I know I should migrate to 64bit OS with that configuration.
2. Should I buy a new heatsink Fan for Core2 Quad Processor instead of using Core2 Duo HSF? since in ebay they only sell processor without HSF.
2. If I buy a new system with same budget (incl Proc iSeries + VGA + MoBo + Memory and still using storage ), how far can I go with $380? Will it much better than upgrading to maximum configuration of my Motherboard?
For $467 you can get an i5 2300 an Asrock p67 board 4Gb DDR3 RAM and a Radeon 5770 from newegg Otherwise I would mjust upgrade the graphics card now (to a minimum 5770) and upgrade the rest later.
For home video editing and touch up digital Photo, Is it Video Card That matters? I thought those activities rely On Processor and memory instead of Video Card? I know some manufacturers claim that their video card is HD capable. But isn't only for Video H264 playback? Or it also include video editing power?
Actually, I'll start another thread on Video Card threadgroup to ask this, but please moderator not to move this question to video thread
Anyway, thanks @simon12 for advice. I'll check those configuration's availability in my Country I'm afraid there'll be an extra shipping and handling cost when I order those items from NewEgg.
I've searched Local store about the availability of those items, and unfortunately not even one store has i5 2300 and cheap motherboard with equivalent chipset.
Btw, why an i5 which has only 2 core is faster or better than a Quadcore QX6700? I can't find a valid benchmark for QX6700 or Q6600 vs i5, I only found it versus i7 870. And i7 4 times faster. If i5 3200 slower than i7, can we conclude i5 is also better than QuadCore?
The i5 2300 (and all i5s with 4 digit numbers) are 4/Quad core not 2/Dual core and is 2 generations of chip newer than the QX6700. The Sandybridge i3 processors will be on sale soon which will give you a cheaper option.