I’ve been editing on a 15Z Dell laptop the past two years. It’s an I7-3517U @ 1.90Gh and 8GB of Ram. It was clear pretty early on it was incapable of HD video editing (using Sony Vegas Pro 12) with the main problem being stuttering, skipping during playback in the timeline - particularly when I added transitions and effects. Thus, I’ve been saving a bit each month for over a year to buy a system that will allow me edit HD in all its glory and I really want to make sure I buy the right system this time. The three (desktop computers this time) I am looking at are below. I was hoping you’d be able to let me know which of these are capable of HD video editing (if any) and any warning signs with any of them or questions I should be asking the retailer. I don’t really understand any of the specs beyond the processor, GHz, cores and RAM.
Thanks so much!
Computer 1 - http://www.dell.com/au/p/xps-8700/pd?oc=w2111g02au&model_id=xps-8700
Processor: 4th Gen IntelŽ Core™ i7-4770 processor (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
Memory: 12GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs
Hard Drive: 1TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
Graphics Card: NVIDIAŽ GeForceŽ GTX 645 1.0GB GDDR5
Ports: Support for 4 HDD bays: including (3) 3.5” HDDs
–Capable of 1 SSD and 3 HDD configuration
Computer 2 - http://www.harveynorman.com.au/hp-pavilion-500-007a-desktop.html
Processor: AMD Quad-Core A10-6700 APU (3.7 GHz, 4 MB cache)
Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 (2x8GB) 4 DIMM memory slots
Hard drive: 3 TB 7200 rpm SATA
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 8570 (2 GB DDR3 dedicated)
ABLE TO ADD SSD?
Computer 3 - http://www.computeralliance.com.au/alliance-gen4-i7-ultimate-desktop
Processor: Intel S1150 Core i7 4770 3.40GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 16GB Memory DDR3
Hard Drive: 2TB WD 3.5" Caviar Green SATA 6Gb/s HDD PN WD20EZRX
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX650 1GB Gigabyte PCIe Video Card
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Last edited by jcarstenm; 23rd Feb 2014 at 06:10.
The desktops you listed are all OK, provided you do put in another SATA drive (or two, or three) for keeping all project-related files off the main (boot) drive, where only OS and programs should reside. Though the system RAMs quoted seem ample, if a SSD will be used as a boot drive, pagefile.sys should be placed in another SATA-connected conventional hard drive.
There have been a number of recent and not-so-recent threads about this subject matter on this forum where I, and other august denizens of videohelp.com, have posted our two cents on. Search for them and know more.No, I neither have nor use a laughtop. But I can inspect & possibly repair yours if needed, if you want me to
Thanks for the quick response Turk. I did have a look at some other threads, which did help but didn't contain all of the exact info I was chasing.
Just a couple of quick questions from your reply. When you say two single controlled drives, can this mean an external hard-drive to store all the video/renderings etc? Or does this relate to RAID, a word I've seen a couple of times in my research but still can't quite seem to grasp?
I note none if these computers have SSD. This is something I assume I can add later though if I choose, as well as RAM? Or will none of these computers allow for future upgrades? I notice the Dell says it's capable of 1 SSD but the others don't.
Thanks a lot!