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  • Started 8 years ago by ericbobs
  • Latest reply from ScottW
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First time builder here and I don't have a ton of money but I badly need a computer. The thing is in the upcoming spring semester I will be taking video editing courses and will likely be using non-linear video editors for many years to come. I was thinking it would be a good idea to get a good motherboard, power supply unit and case and skimp on the ram, processor, graphics card until the summer time when I can afford to buy a workstation quality v-card, processor, etc. Here are the components I have picked out thus far:


I would really like your input on these specs. Is what I'm doing just a waste of money?(If you could save me a couple bucks now that would be great) Do any of you guys that use NLEs have any suggestions on what I could ultimately need in a computer?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Posted 8 years ago
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For a graphics card you may be better off with an ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO. There is a big choice on newegg.

Posted 8 years ago
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ericbobs, I haven't done any non-linear editing, but I would expect it would be done by dedicated hardware. A very fast gaming PC might be able to run software that could edit one video stream in realtime, but I doubt it would be able to assemble-edit from multiple streams and give a decent realtime preview.

Maybe you could ask around to other students or teachers about what kind of equipment will be used in your upcoming classes. If you could take a tour of the video editing lab, you could see what they are using. If there are dedicated editing machines, you probably won't be able to duplicate that at home. If the lab is just a bunch of PCs running software, you could ask around to see what is the software, what are the specs on the computers, and so on.

Posted 8 years ago

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