Desktops forum: Desktop PC buying advice needed for editing home videos

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) July 22, 2011 1:03 PM PDT

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Desktop PC buying advice needed for editing home videos

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 7/22/11 1:03 PM

Desktop PC buying advice needed for editing home videos

Dear fellow members,

I need advice on a good computer for editing home
video. I've been using my 8-year-old Gateway desktop (512 MB RAM, 160
GB HD, WinXP SP3, 128 MB GeForce4 MX440 video card, Pentium 4 2.66
GHz) with two big external HDs to convert VHS to DV-AVI and it's worked
fine. But when I move to editing it's too slow to handle the big
20-30GB files and all the special effects in my editing program (Adobe
Premiere Elements 4). I need a dedicated computer just for home video
because converting, copying, and burning to disc for archival purposes
takes so much time. Should I try to upgrade the Gateway or look into a
new and hopefully not too expensive new computer? If the latter, what
specs should I be looking at? And is there any way I can use my old
software, which has been satisfactory? Thanks.

--Submitted by: Dennis B.

Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Question sounds simple but complex --Submitted by: DOSpower
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5171891.html

Some recommendations: --Submitted by: jallisy
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5171923.html

Time for new computer --Submitted by: DarkRubyMoon
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5172191.html

On the hardware side. --Submitted by: Alain Martel1
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5172409.html

Upgrade or new? --Submitted by: mal_aus
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7586_102-5171932.html

Thanks to all who contributed!

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