2nd, is that only ONE hard drive?
If yes, you need at least one more 7200rpm hard drive for your video files (see below)
An EXAMPLE concerning trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing
You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more on partitions) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything
External eSata or USB3 are both fast enough for video editing... eSata is better - http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1117813
And, some comparison tests http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1144620
GoPro Hero material is extremely taxing. Even on monster type machines, extremely fast and fully tuned, this material causes choppiness in multicam use.
Your system is way underspecced and underpowered to use this material, maybe DV material would play without choppiness, but no way with anything HD.
Your CPU is 5 years old, is only a dual core with a FSB of 800 MHx, no L3 cache and no HT. Consider that the heart.
Your memory is only 8 GB. Consider that the lung capacity.
Your system has only 1 disk. Consider that the leg(s).
No ask yourself what chances your old Granny (CPU) has running up a steep hill with her limited lung capacity and only 1 leg? She has to stop every few yards and catch her breath and her leg some rest. This is what happens with your system.
The CPU has a Passmark rating of 1482, while a good system has a Passmark rating of around 16000 and that means the heart of your system is awfully slow.
The bottom line: You need a whole new system for this material, so start saving. Take a look at the FAQ section to find some ideas.
First off, thank you both for your responses. I expected that my computer specs would be rightfully ripped apart .
In regards to the posts: I am prepared to purchase a new machine as it has obviously been several years since I did so. Quick final question:
Is my current video card salvagable for video editing? I just got this card recently before realizing I would be doing this sort of work. I don't think its necessarily as bad as the rest of my PC and really don't want to buy a new one unless its necessary.
Yes, you can keep the card, but on a new system do update the drivers to version 314.22. They are much improved over the troublesome 306.97 version you currently have. For a mid-range system this is a very good card.
Realize that if the bulk of your work is GoPro Hero 3 material, your practical minimum CPU option is an i7-3770K but better an i7-39xx hexa core CPU. They are different platforms with significant price differences.
http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM and scroll down a page or two for 3 price/performance level computers for Premiere Pro... these are, of course, MY ideas about what to build, if I was building a new computer for myself... YOUR ideas may wind up being different
Buy a Desktop Video Editing PC - http://www.adkvideoediting.com/
Thanks again for the responses. This is something along the lines of what I was thinking. I didn't honestly review your suggestions yet John but I certainly will. Also,just to keep in mind, in addition to video editing I need this to be a decent gaming machine.
Take a look at PPBM5 Benchmark and PPBM6 Benchmark Results. Note that to see all the pages and menu choices on the latter link, you have to be registered and logged in. That will show you what makes a balanced and good performing system.
Regarding your initial choices:
Case: Only choose a big tower, better cooling, more expansion room, easier installation and cable management, like CoolerMaster HAF 932, or similar.
Mobo: Don't choose a microATX mobo. Too limited in expansion options and skip Intel, since they do not overclock easily. Look at Asus P8Z77-V or similar.
PSU: Go for a Gold label PSU and maybe increase wattage to 750, like Corsair Pro Gold AX750.
Disks: Add a Corsair Neutron GTX 120 GB SSD or a Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB SSD for OS and programs.
Don't want a BluRay burner? Don't forget a good CPU cooler, like CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO.
Although in a different category, this may be interesting: Intro Part 1
So I literally changed my list to have all of the various things you suggested above. You obviously know what you're talking about and I clearly do not so thanks for helping out a rookie! Total after taxes etc came to a little over 1300. Pretty excited!
Now.... I am going to do some research on how to properly overclock my videocard/cpu. I have never overclocked anything before.
Thanks for all your help!
If you're going to get the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO, I suggest that you change the choice of your RAM: That Corsair CMZ-series Vengeance kit has heat spreaders that are so tall that they severely interfere with the proper installation of the Hyper 212 EVO cooler onto the CPU, especially if you're filling up all four DIMM slots on an LGA 1155 motherboard (typically, the slot that's closest to the CPU socket gets completely covered by the CPU heatsink/fan assembly). In the case of the Hyper 212 EVO, there is only about 44mm worth of clearance underneath the CPU cooler with a perfectly centered fan used in "push" mode. But the CMZ-model Vengeance RAM has heat spreaders that measure more than 50mm tall! That forces you to install the fan way off-center on the CPU heatsink. Instead, consider the low-profile version of the Vengeance RAM (model number beginning with CML).
thanks, I did not know that. Do you have any substitute suggestions?
I did suggest the low-profile (CML) version of the Vengeance RAM kit. (Make sure that it's the CML and not the CMZ.)
The CMZ is intended for those systems that are going to use water (or liquid) cooling for the CPU.