Time for a new computer. Not a gamer, average user (cadd, spread sheets, ...). Want to do a little video work (put old vhs tapes onto dvd) and such. DOn't need the best but want a decent machine.
Looking to use a AMD 3500 (939 socket), 1G ram, video with 128 or 258 megs, tv tuner (have always had an ati all-in-wonder, may now try and exterior unit like plextor or ???).
What to do for a hard drive?
Looked at Raptor. 10,000 RPM's. but only 74G for $200. SATA I and 8mb buffer.
Looked at Maxline III. NCQ, SATA II (but only 1.5 Gb/s),and 16 mb buffer 7200 rpm. 300 G for $200.
Hatchi. 80G for $80. SATA II (3 Gb/s), 8 mb buffer and 7200 rpm.
Will I really see any differency in any of the above? Which is more important, high PRM's, large buffer or high transfer rate (they could have made it easy for me and combined all three into one drive)?
I would preciate any advice (on the hard drive or other componets)!
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by xtal01 on 04/12/05 05:24 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
With video editing you're going to want/appreciate the speed of the Raptor. Use the 40GB for storage right now and save up some money to get a larger 7200RPM drive. Monitor <A HREF="http://bensbargains.net/" target="_new">Bensbargains.net</A> for some deals on HDDs. This site compiles/lists good tech deals, but they are not a retailer. Another good site like Bens is <A HREF="http://www.techbargains.com" target="_new">Techbargains.com</A>.
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I'd pick up a PCI TV-Tuner card with hardware compression, such as the Hauppauge WinPVR 150 or the ATI TV-Wonder Elite. Standard PCI slots should last through 2 more generations of motherboard, so that's 2 systems you could use it in, the one you're building now and the one that follows it.
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