Hey, So I'm planning to build a video editing focused computer running mainly adobe after effects, sony vegas etc.
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: $1000- 1200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, gaming, standard web use.
Parts Not Required: speakers, Operating System.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Canada Computers, TigerDirect
Parts Preferences: Intel, and Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: I've been researching quite extensively already, I just need some more help to finalize things. Im currently debating between i5 vs i7, I'm not sure if video editing will require the benefit of Hyper threading, also Adobe software recommends minimum of Nvidia GTX 550 Ti for GPU, not sure what other choices I should look for. I'm also debating between 8 or 16 GB ram.
There's a few things I wanna point out right away.
-Overclocking and video editing- 2600k or 2500k, no brainer. If you can wait, grab one of the new Ivy Bridge processors which are due soon.
-After Effects- You'll want a GTX 570 or newer to utilize the special features available with the Mercury Playback Engine in CS5.5.
For video editing, 16GB might be useful. Especially if you are handling large raw files.
Thanks for all the help guys, this is really useful!
Few more questions, would i5 be substantial enough for me? Or would you strongly consider i7 for hyperthreading, its quite a price difference between the two.