Hi, I have spent many hours reading through everything I could find on a new computer configuration but as my knowledge is so limited I find myself still baffled. Please spoon feed me.
My main computer use is lots of video editing in Premiere Elements 10 as well as Lightroom 4 editing. No gaming.
My thinking so far:
Sandy Bridge i7 2600K 3.4 GHz Quad Cor processor.
M/Board – Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 1155
4x4 GB Transcend Jetram DDR3 1333
Does that seem appropriate so far?
I have, and hope to be able to use:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
Internal Hard Drives: 2x Samsung 1TB SATA.
Internal Hard Drive: 1x Seagate 2TB 5900RPM 3.5” SA 5YD17W4A.
Internal Hard Drive: 1x Western Digital 2TB SATA WCAZA4364457.
Case – Gigabyte x7 black chassis 24ZX7BMD40000RSN023AD5709 (Don’t have to keep this one)
Next is the Graphics Card debate.
I can’t find a list of Adobe recommended graphics cards for Premier Elements 10 & Lightroom 4. Heat and cooling implications. Onboard graphics Intel HD graphics 3000. One thread said that they could be used in conjunction with each other using Quick Sync on a Z68 motherboard, while another thread said that one should get a sufficiently capable Cuda card and disable the onboard HD 3000 graphics, but this was related to Premiere Pro and a different m/board and not specifically Premiere Elements 10 or Lightroom 4. Please could you give me the details of a Video Card that would work well with the recommended configuration and Premiere Elements 10 and Lightroom 4. I understand that spending money on a good Video Card can make a huge difference to processing times of HD video.
Adobe spec said Color monitor with 16-bit color video card. Is this video card the same as the graphics card above?
A good Power supply (PSU?) and case. Recommendations if possible please. I read something about turbo boost needing accurate volts. Does this apply to the above configuration? Someone recommended Corsair 120 watt P/S - very silent ?
A CPU cooler?
I would really appreciate your input. This is completely foreign territory for me. My last computer only lasted 18 months as it was too underpowered. I don’t want to make the same mistake again so would rather be slightly over powered than underpowered.
Other threads have got me this far so many thanks for your help already.