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.For the nth time, with the possible exception of certain Intel processors, I don't have/ever owned anything whose name starts with "i".
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!
RAID can be h/w or s/w based. One h/w based RAID scenario would be when you buy an external enclosure designed for RAID, stuff two hard drives in it, then connect it to the PC with eSATA or, ugh, USB. Windoze sees it as a single drive and may or may not know it's a RAID volume. Another scenario would be with current mainboards that have multiple SATA ports. Choosing the appropriate settings in BIOS can make one choose to have two of these SATA ports configured for a RAID0 or 1 volume. Again, windoze sees it the volume as a single drive. With appropriate h/w and setup, you can form s/w RAIDs with Windows 7. For example, with a mainboard that had multiple SATA ports (and not deliberately configured as RAID in BIOS), connecting hard drives to each port can normally cause windoze to create a drive letter for each. However, in windoze there is an option for creating dynamic partitions (as opposed to basic). Dynamic formatted hard drives can then be configured for s/w RAID (for example where there were two separate hard drives :E and :F each 1GB before, setting up a s/w RAID1 volume will take the two drives and leave only :E, with a total size of 1GB). Windoze has simple built-in management for s/w RAID and is enough for some who require RAID but either don't want an external box, or the mainboard SATA controller can't be configured for RAID in the BIOS level.
So I wouldn't fret that Dell says "it's capable of 1 SSD". Though that question has to be refined, I wouldn't bother drilling down to what Dell precisely means, as I have installed SSDs on a number of laughtops and desktops and none of them had anything explicit about "only being capable of just 1 SSD". In these computers, the SSD contained the OS and programs; all other files (documents, media, etc, that are user generated and sourced) are in a separate HDD, windoze having been configured to do so. The case is heightened even more for heavy users who don't want to, or can't increase system RAM above 4GB; multiple open running programs and files will cause the swap file to be used. This heavy read/write scenario is again detrimental to an SSD especially if this file (pagefile.sys) is on it (windoze default); relocating it to a separate, non-USB, non-solid state drive is best.
Last edited by turk690; 15th Mar 2014 at 12:39.For the nth time, with the possible exception of certain Intel processors, I don't have/ever owned anything whose name starts with "i".