For HD, I think you need a Quad Core processor
I could be wrong, but I think that DDR3 memory is best used in sets of 3... at least I know that when I build a 64bit computer for CS5 in 2-3 months, I am going to buy 6x2=12Gig
One hard drive is not enough even for SD video editing
What I now use, and what I am going to build, are discussed on my notes page at http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
I get bye "OK" now with 2 drives, but for CS5 I will have 3... with the 1T drive being for data
You should have AT LEAST 2 drives... 160Gig for all software (I am going with 320Gig since the price difference is so small) and then the 1T for all data
A 3rd drive... mine will be 320Gig... for all temporary "scratch" files will also help
Thanks for the info. Do you know of a custom built provider that offers the nVidia GTX 285? I don't want to build one myself, but have looked at trying to have one built, but can't find this video card as an option.
the imac would be great for photoshop but not for video editing.
its very limited in its expansion ability so at best USB or 1 firewire drive both are horribly slow for video
also as mentioned the Quad 27" is the only one even worth considering from a CPU power POV.
frankly you are far better off with a PC for Adobe, i sell both so this is not a bias answer!
Adobe runs far better on a PC due to multithreading issues in OSX
you cant add a 285 into the imac either.
Pretty sure I will end up getting a pc. Do you know of an online builder that offers the 285?
google "adobe nle computer"