>5400RPM Sata drives
This is a desktop computer... not a laptop?
I did not know that any desktop computer came with that SLOW of a drive... but, of course, I do not know every computer there is
I personally would not throw any $$ at that computer... but I build my own, so I select exactly what I know will work before I start... such as http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0
Absolute waste of money to try to upgrade this system. Even if you got a faster processor, 16 GB of memory, added an SSD and a 600 GB 7200 RPM disk, it would still be dead slow and for that cost you could almost build a decent system (not Dell or HP though, they steal you blind without giving you the performance).
Try to use a neighbours/friends/family computer to get you to the deadline and meanwhile save for a new one.
Maybe not what you wanted to hear, but that is the situation.
Thanks thats exactly the information that I needed to hear. I will keep banking the cash away and get through this project. I should be set by the start of next school year.
I do have one more question, will the the base system $1400 http://www.adkvideoediting.com/ do the job, or should I just jump to the $2200 system?
ADK does a great job of building fantastic systems and with the commitment of both Scott and Eric, they are hard to beat, but building your own systen will always save some $$$. I mean they have to earn something somewhere along the road. If you are comfortable with building your own system, take that road, if not, turn to ADK.