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Upgrade for video editing

Last response: in Systems
July 7, 2012 7:59:52 PM

I'm guessing I need to re-install Windows 7 (this time 64-bit) and increase RAM. Should I buy 4x4gb RAM? Any other suggestions to upgrade for editing video? Some video editing is done in HD, most is 720.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget: $500?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, video editing for web, ripping and compressing music, all Adobe programs and MS Office, home office work, accounting, gaming

Current setup (will consider all upgrades)

Windows 7 ultimate (32 bit currently installed)
Asus Motherborad M4A89GTD PRO/USB3.0
AMD Phenom X4 955 black 3.2g AM3
2x 60g OCZ Vertex SSD; 1x300gb HDD; 1.5 Tb external HD
4gb RAM (2x2g Gskill F3-12800cl7d)
VGA MSI R6870 TWIN FROZR II graphics card
Seasonic 620 bronze PSU

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Overclocking: not currently

SLI or Crossfire: no

current Monitor Resolution: 1360x768

Additional Comments: Needs to stay quiet,

Reason for Upgrading: current system is too slow/unreliable for editing video

More about : upgrade video editing

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July 7, 2012 9:11:19 PM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL8Q-16GBZM
$149.99 an free shipping.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$117.99 and free shippihng

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
$139.99 and free shipping.

The total for the hardware uograde comes to 487.97 and if you add in the 64 Bit OS then it jumps to $627.96 and the thing is that you do need the 64 bit so you can have the 16gb of ram and you need to change out from AMD to Intel to get more performance in editing video.
July 8, 2012 7:10:45 AM

Ok, really that much of a difference between processors? Then will I be able to use my current graphics card?
July 8, 2012 7:17:24 AM

Also don't need to pay for Windows 7 Professional, already have Ultimate.