I've just gone through an upgrade to improve the performance of my system. I kind of went about this a bit the wrong way. I really didn't give much thought to what I would be using the system for. I just knew I needed to improve much of my system (RAM, Graphics, etc).
However, I'm still planning to buy or build a new computer towards summer. With that in mind, I was wondering what would be the areas to focus on, if I wanted to make sure the computer would be able to run video processing applications, that might take a day or two to process pseudo-slow motion, for instance. Would that be just processor time and RAM or would a graphics card play a role? Gaming computers are great for 3D rendering and such but would that even be of any benefit, in video processing? I suspect it would work well, because they too need fast CPUs and lots of RAM.
I'm just not sure I understand the key performance areas of a computer, as they relate to the various types of applications that might be affected. Speed and RAM should help all applications but what else should be considered? I guess one solution would be just to get the fastest of every component.
Can someone point to a good web resource that discusses the various characteristics of a computer, with regards to the types of applications that are affected.