WAY underpowered for AVCHD
You need at least a Quad core CPU (Intel i7 is good) with at least two 7200 RPM hard drives... one for Windows and all software the other for data
Welcome to the forum.
As John T. points out, a Duo-core CPU will never be able to play AVCHD, a very highly-compressed format, that is horribly CPU intensive. Many will state that a fast Quad-core is the absolute minimum, and other will say that only a hot i7 can really handle the task.
AVCHD is sold to consumers with no warning, as to what will be required to just do simple work with it. I guess that the salespeople just plan on selling those consumers new, more powerful computers.
Sorry for the bad news,
Hunt and John T,
Thank you for educating me. I guess I'm not the first person who's walked into this trap.
I'm wondering if I were to get a new desktop, say a Dell, what's the least I could reasonably expect to get away with? All I want to do is strictly amatuer home movie type stuff. I have no need for a super hot computer, except for this AVCHD thing.
Could I make do with one of the less expensive i7's. If I get an i7, does the GHz speed matter that much?
And do I really need two hard drives? Or could I get away with one good one?
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your help.
What I built is listed at http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
One hard drive WILL NEVER WORK
You need at least two drives... one for Windows and all software, one for data files
That is real, separate hard drives... NEVER A PARTITION
The 3 drive setup I built is better... but is still the minimum for HD editing
Again, I agree with John T. His system would be a good one.
The first two aspects of a computer for AVCHD are:
2.) I/O sub-system, i.e. the HDD's (pay special attention to his "physical HDD's" and "No partitons.")
Now, with other media, besides AVCHD, those two roles are reversed.
4.) proper setup of one's OS and the programs and Processes that load at boot-up