Are you considering a particular brand?
John T. Smith has just built a system specifically for CS5 (Win7-64) and AVCHD, and has been very happy with it. Might be some good tips in his link to his system.
Off the shelf they all stink and are lousy for editing, at least all machines less than $ 30 K.
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at least a 950 processor (preferably a 6 core 970/980 and even better over clocked)
more is better to a point. Xeons forget about until you get up into the 2.93 and higher.
minimum drive config IMHO is 2 sets of raid 0 (plus an OS drive of course) much past 2 sets raid 0 is demminishing returns
470 or higher nVidia card.
12gig ram (24 is better)
Many thanks Bill!!!! I have not seen this post and copied it for future
reference when considering my purchase.
John, many many thanks. This website is what I was looking for. I'm going to see if my bank will finance me a new computer. I should be able to get one that does the trick. Can I mention that I hate the Adobe product for not letting consumers know in advance what they'll need. Let me rephrase that, they did give me "requirements" to work with AVCHD, but as i've learned, those are VERY, VERY minimal requirements.
In my short lifespan in the editing video field i've very quickly matured into a teen and hopefully to a full grown man soon. I know now that I have to research everything before doing anything!!!!
You suggestions have been much helpful and are the kind we noobs, newbies, newbs, find useful.
Mr. Millard, tsk tsk tsk... you've done better answering questions and I hope you get back to your old self. Your answer is what can be classified as "lazy knowledge"
You're much smarter than me, but I think I could have figured out 30k can probably purchase much more than what works well with AVCHD.
When reading about what I built and what I do, remember that I am a "home hobbyist" and not a feature film producer/editor... so my editing needs are fairly simple (I've never even opened After Effects)
I do not have a raid setup (only 3 hard drives) and I do not over clock (just a "stock" Intel i7 930) so my experiences, as good as they seem to me, may not be enough hardware power for what you plan
If you are a feature film producer/editor, and if you need to add effects to your project, bigger & faster CPU and more memory may be needed
I hope you get back to your old self. Your answer is what can be classified as "lazy knowledge"
Heh,heh. You don't want to see Harm's old self. He is now almost always most helpful and courteous.
You misunderstood his point in part, which is just a statement of a perspective most of us share. He's simply responding to your plan for "off the shelf." For the money, it is not a good idea. For most people, this means Dell etc.
The options pointed to by John are a group that builds custom systems for reasonable prices (adk), a high end laptop, and his do-it-yourself option.