I'm looking to buy a new desktop that will become the family computer (limited use: iTunes, internet browsing, Word/Excel document processing), but I also need it to be able to handle my home video editing (both HD and standard def video). I do not plan on playing any games on this computer.
I currently have Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 Ultimate that I would install
In looking around it seems I need at least the following specs:
I've been looking at systems with the Intel Core i5-2320, i5-2400, i5-3450, i7-2600, i7-3770
My price range is $500 - $675
I'm ok with manufacturer refurbished machines
It's a possibility that I could get a system without a dedicated graphics card, and then purchase and install one separately (I have a relative that works for nVidia so I may be able to get a good one for cheap), but then I might need to switch out the PSU for more wattage, right?
I would like some advice on what type of machine would give me the best bang for my buck, and also whether I really need to spend the extra on an i7 vs an i5 if I'm not using it for gaming. Maybe the i5 is sufficient? Also need advice on what graphics card I should be looking at.
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IMO for my editing on a tight budget, the FX-8150 is the best option. The machine specced in that link is more of a gaming machine, a quad core with 8GB of RAM. For editing you need a bit more grunt in the CPU and double the memory.
When it comes to video editing, the GPU doesn't really play a role. Unless its a dedicated Quadro or Firepro card, but they are designed with video rendering as its usage.
Also that GPU is worse than the one I suggested above.
Since you are OK with refurbished, have you checked out the Dell outlet store? You can get some amazing deals there. The trick is to be patient and wait until they have something that would suit you in stock and wait until you can get a coupon for 20-30% off. Depending on what you want you may have a long or short wait. The coupons come out about every other week it seems. Check the twitter link on the outlet page. For example, a couple of weeks ago I got a basic computer for my wife. No gaming or video editing necessary. $357 for everything except the monitor and speakers. The CPU (Core i5-3450s), hard drive and windows alone would cost more than that to buy. If your patient, you should be able to get something that meets your needs even if you just have to add more ram or swap in a better GPU.