With a limited budget, a build it yourself solution makes more sense.
HP has decent systems but never suitable for editing within your budget limits and making it suitable for editing carries you way over budget.
There is an abundance of posts on what kind of system will fit within a certain budget. Just search for them to get different ideas. Maybe start here: Adobe Forums: What PC to build?
Thanks for your help, Harm. $2000 is just what I have to spend right now, so maybe I should just keep saving.
I have no skill whatsoever at building PCs, so I'll have to wait.
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You can save allot by building your own system.
Look at some of the videos on this site to see how easy it can be.
If you do go the route of building then there are lists here on what parts to get.
You can see on the PPBM5 site what others are using and how they score.
Now for myself my old XP was running very slow and I needed a replacement so I just bought a cheap one from Best Buy.
$1199 just for the Desktop.
My scores are on the slower side 692 on the PPBM5 test since its a P55 motherboard and not a X58 and my processor is only a i7 860 with 8GB RAM.
Im waiting to build a new computer later but this system is just OK for now for me.
Leave room for 2 monitors if you can.
The link to Best Buy you provided wasn't working. Is there any way you could post some search criteria so I could look it up on my own?
Thanks again for your assistance!
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Simple read the link and write down what it says... i7 8Gig etc
My CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 includes a link to what I built
You want a computer that is as close as possible to that as a MINIMUM
I went over the specs and the links to the parts, and that'll be in my budget after a couple of months, so I'll try to get it built by a friend as soon as possible once I buy everything I need. I'll probably end up getting more RAM though. Any suggestions on a decent monitor to go with it?
A pretty decent but affordable monitor is the Samsung F2380 PVA panel. You can always get a second one for dual monitor setup, because of the small bezel.
dont know why that link doesnt work.
If you go to best buy and click computers-desktop then gateway there are only 3 ones there.
The one for $1199 is what I got.
It just an OK system but it works.
No Nvidia card so NO Mercury Playback Engine card support.
From what they say an update is coming SOON.
Maybe they will say new supported cards.
Time will tell.
I checked out the Best Buy site, and those specs on that Gateway look like they could get the job done for what I want to do,
but I'm leaning more towards just saving the money to build my own tower, as my need for it isn't urgent. But I may have to consider
getting that Gateway tower as a hold over and saving up for something custom made instead.
Thats what I did.
I was in that weird spot where I needed something to get buy while waiting for better things to come out.
First it was windows 7 then it was CS5 then the 6 core 980x.
There is always something around the corner to make you wait.
I just got so tired of waiting I went with something that would work in the mean time.
I still plan on a custom build but now the need isnt so demanding now.
With more and more people taking the PPBM5 tests it makes it better to make a shopping list for later.
Good luck: GLenn
You have a point there.
I think I may just buy that Gateway, and squirrel away money to get something built later. Then there's that Cintiq monitor I was looking at...
One thing at a time, though.
Thanks again, Glenn, and anyone that offered advice. It's much appreciated.