I strongly recommend that you follow the links in this ARTICLE to some posts by Harm Millaard. He is the hardware guru on the PrPro forum, and covers a lot of territory on systems for NLE work.
Dell or HP, pick your poison, within a given price range they will be quite similiar in price/performance.
For many the choice in HW vendors comes down to past experiences with their box or post sales support.
I've leaned towards HP as a preference, and usually purchase online via their website (www.hpshopping.com).
I also like the fact that HP with sell their box with PE as a software purchase add-on. They test in-house and state the software will run in any of their configurations that are sold with the PE add-on purchase.
Every PC I bought from them online with PE as an add-on, ran out-of-the-box with no issues.
I might be wrong, but I think Dell may also sell PE as an add-on, but I'm not sure.
Back to your AVCHD issue, many recommend at least a Quad Core with 4 gig as a bare MINIMUM.
If you have the bucks, I would go with an i7Core, 6 gig of ram or better, and as much Drive storage as your wallet will bear...
Thank you for the assist. Much appreciated. I will definitely look at the article.
Those specs are similar to what I have been told to get.
2gb+ for ram,
a good video card.
I did a chat with dell and they recommended this.
I am not going to make any purchases until I read that that article and do more research.
Thank you again everyone for your help.
Read near the top of http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM for what I plan to build
This is a lot of computer for ME, even though some of the real power users here would consider that to be just barely enough