I posted this on New Year's Eve evening and only got one respond (Thanks r0aringdrag0n). Silly me - what was I thinking posting on New Year's Eve?!?! LOL I don't know if it's good form to post something again but thought I'd give it another try - I'd appreciate a few more pieces of input if anyone has thoughts. Thanks!!
I’d appreciate your input. I know a little about computer technology but I think this one’s over my head and I’d value the advice of those more savvy than me!
I’d like to buy or build a budget PC (prefer $400 or less before operating system, monitor etc.) that will serve two primary purposes:
1) Editing HD (1080p) home video taken from my HD camcorder and
2) Storing and serving that video (as well as photos and music) to my television & sound system through my wireless N router and via my Blu-Ray player.
I know this won’t be state-of-the-art editing speed but I also don’t want to deal with really slow response times etc when I’m trying to edit – just “OK” is good enough. Also don’t see a need to burn Blu-Rays but could add a Blu Ray burner to my system later if it seems necessary.
A few more related questions/considerations:
- If either of these systems is viable I wonder if you would advise adding a budget video card (such as a GeForce GT 520) for more satisfactory video editing
- In reality nobody watches home videos every day. Is there a simple way to boot up and shut down the computer via remote control or some other way? It’ll be in my basement and the TV will be on the main floor. I’d rather not run up and down to turn it on or off whenever I want to stream music or video.
- Would springing for a small (64G or 128G) SSD provide a noticeable performance improvement
So, I’m looking at a couple of systems from Tiger Direct and wonder if these will serve my needs. (If you don’t like any of these then feedback on a system you WOULD recommend would be helpful):
You should build this build, minus the GPU, and it will come out to $420. There is no way you are going to fit an SSD in a build like this, I would save up for one in the future though. The CPU and RAM is your constraint when video editing, you don't need a GPU. I would also recommend getting 8GB of RAM, you can find kits for as little as $35, adding $10 to the final price.