My CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 includes a link to what I built
You need 3 hard drives... Read Harm on drive setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/662972?tstart=0
- click the embedded picture in Harm's message to enlarge to reading size
- you need AT LEAST 2 drives for video editing, 3 is better
- some HD formats work better with (require) RAID
Read Hunt on Partitions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708?tstart=0
If HP will do this, the GTX 470 is a better graphics adapter
How will this system handle for what I what I want to work with? Where are the weaknesses?
Barely. Weaknesses are HP, CPU, memory, disk, video and PSU, in short everything.
I am on a budget of $1000 or less. Currently, I edit in SD, but if I get a new system I'll want to use HD. The cameras I was looking at have a video format of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (I have no idea how that will effect me).
This is mission impossible. AVCHD requires a real computer and a budget of $ 1000 or less does not get you a decent PC.
Look here: Adobe Forums: What PC to build? and do not consider anything less than the economic model for AVCHD.
Thanks for the quick replys. I want to run a two scenarios by you guys.
1. What if I were to edit in all standard def. Would running Premiere Pro CS5 work better that way on my budget or system I suggested?
2. If I wanted to edit in HD. Would using another editing program that is less strenuous work for the system I suggested?
2. Maybe with Edius.
You still need more than one hard drive... and NEVER a partition!
I used to edit SD on my old computer with only 2 hard drives... for CS5 and what I edit now, 3 drives are the effective minimum
I have an i7 860 and it just OK.
If you look on the PPBM5 site you will see how my system is way at the bottom and so much slower than other systems.
My system has a total time of 692.
You can see what others have and how they all compare.
I can do HDV fine and SD great but have not played with AVCHD.
You say you have a budget of $1000 - what is that for. do you already have a monitor and keyboard and mouse ?
Maybe you could build a i7 930 that might meet your needs but your budget might be a little low.
What camera do you have your eye on ?
My budget is for just the system. Also, the cameras I'm looking at are the flip hd and contour hd. Most of the video I record is for winter sports. Having something portable, slim, and very simple to use especially when wearing gloves is key.