I've been hemming and hawing over buying a new system that I can use for editing video from my digital camcorder. (Home videos and such)
A new PC is LONG over-due as I'm currently still using my old P2 233Mhz from about 6 years ago!! (Browsing and email is all it's good for)
I've been looking now for about 3 months and decided I'm just gonna build myself, as I really need to make this as INEXPENSIVE as possible.
What do you suggest as far as a starting point? I was thinking a barebones system with motherboard, case, fans, and perhaps HD. Specs?
Can you make suggestions for other components?? These are the general specs I was thinking about....
1.) P4 2.0 Ghz (I would actually like to go with an AMD equivalent, as I understand they are much cheaper. Which model would you suggest?)
2.) 80 GB Hard Drive (7200 RPM? Suggestions?)
3.) 256 MB RAM (What kind of RAM? Do I need to upgrade to 512 MB?)
4.) Video Card (I have no idea here. What would be a minimum for video editing? 64 MB? I'm not much of a gamer)
5.) Sound card (I would really like 5.1 Dolby Digital capability. What is 7.1?)
6.) Firewire card (Aren't these included on some sound cards?)
7.) USB 2.0 ports? (Will I need these eventually?)
8.) Attractive case
9.) Cheap DVD-ROM (I already have a CD-RW I will install in it)
What am I leaving out?
Now the big question. Can this be done for under $500
(In the future, I'll be watching gotapex.com for a deal on a DVD-RW, and will purchase later)
Thanks ahead of time for your help, and you willingness to instruct a newbie!!