This should have been posted in the Hardware Forum. Moved.
My old+new computers are discussed in my notes http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
Old computer with CS3 worked... but was very slow... 4-6 hours to have Encore create an ISO to burn to DVD
New computer is not only MUCH faster, I can edit HD and not just SD
As the line went in Smokey and the Bandit... "speed costs... how fast do you want to go?"
Look at what I built... price out the components (ATI graphics card instead of the nVidia GTX 285) and decide how much you want to spend
Since you will be using CS3 you will want WinXP and the max (I think) of 4 Meg of ram it will use
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Start looking here PPBM4 Benchmark for a rough idea of system setups, that are good performers. For convenience limit yourself to CS4 systems.
Next decide on a budget. Then start looking for a short list and come back. Nobody can help you if we don't know the budget, $ 1 K, 5 K or 10+ K.
Thank you all, and I forgot about the budget.. I would like to keep it between $1,500 - $2,000.00
Will this be for CS3 and SD video only... or do you think you may some day want to go to CS5 and HD video?
If CS3/SD only, an i7 is way more than you need... but would be best if you ever plan to go to CS5