2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2010 2:10 PM by the_wine_snob

    Need advice on computer for photo and video editing

    mgibson999

      I do mostly routine stuff on my home computer (word processing, e-mails, internet, etc), except for photo and video editing (hobby, not professional)

       

      I'm upgrading my 4 year old set up, as it has 2 GB ram, dual core vs quad core, 256mb video card, etc, etc.  Better to buy a new rig than upgrade several different components.

       

      Costco has a pretty nice set up in the store (HPE 257 c-b), but for an extra $200, I can order online and get the HPE 170t, which is essentially the same except for 2 upgrades:

       

      -Radeon HD 5770 video card vs Radeon HD 5570

      -Two 1 TB 7200 hard drives vs one 1 TB 7200 hard drive

       

      My question is this.....is it worth the extra $200 to get the better graphics card and the dual hard drive set up?  Will it really make that much of a difference in the performance?  I'm thinking it will, especially the ability to set up the 2nd hard drive as my scratch disk.

       

      For what it's worth, both systems have the i7 860, 8 GB ram, and Windows Home Premium 64 bit.

       

      Thanks.