Well, lots depends on what model of camcorder your video is coming from and whether you're using a laptop or a desktop computer.
But that said, here's what I recommend in my books:
Quad core Intel processor or higher-end AMD (see below)
8 gigs of RAM
An ATI or nVidia graphics card with at least 1 gig of memory
Ideally 2 hard drives -- one for your programs, the other for your video storage
Video monitor with at least 1280x1024 resolution
Those are good minimums. Premiere Elements is not terribly graphics intensive, so there's no added value in loading up with a high-end video card. But it doesn't hurt either.
As for specific processors, numbers and cores don't mean as much as benchmark performance. I recommend that you use this chart and get a processor that rates at least a 6500-7000.
Thanks for the reply!
I was looking at this tower. It's upgradable to 32 gb ram. I was wondering if i needed to go that high. I have an older Kodak HD camera that records 720p, 720p at 60 fps, and 1080i. I was probably also going to record some video with my Rebel t3.
This machine might work for you. Although it would be easier to say if I knew exactly what model of camcorder you're shooting with. "An older Kodak HD camera" doesn't tell me much. If it's an AVCHD camcorder, you're all set. If it's a low-end pocket camcorder or a still camera that shoots video, the integration won't be quite so smooth.
Though as you can see by the chart I linked to, this processor only benchmarks at about 4500 -- so it's pretty much a medium-powered machine by today's standards, operating at about 2/3 the power I'd recommend.
It may seem strange that an 8 core AMD would benchmark much lower than even an Intel Core i3, but that's the nature of AMD processors. One of the reasons I prefer Intel.
You can certainly work with an AMD processor if you'd prefer. But use the chart I linked you to. You can't just go by the number or cores or the processor speed.
I use my Kodak Play Touch. Hardly high end equipment. The picture looked better when I used my t3, it's just a bulkier camera. I'm not looking for super high end stuff anyway. I'm trying to stay on a budget, but still have decent equipment that will work the way it's supposed to. The 2gb ram I have now makes video editing impossible with all the slow and jerky playback.
As long as your processor benchmarks at 6500 or higher on the chart I linked above, you'll be fine.
Thanks. I'm gonna do a little research with the link.
Well, there's this one, but I'm not sure what they mean by Intel 4th generation Core.
Use the processor model number. 4th generation core could mean any of a number of chips.
Considering this one if the ram is upgradable.
And this one seems to have the best processor. Go figure.
As I say, if you check the link in my first post you won't go wrong.
Just make sure it benchmarks above 6500. Like this Dell.
That is, if you're looking my recommendations.