I am a proud new owner of Adobe Production Premium and want to get everything running as smoothly as possible. I've hunted around some and found some recommendations but many of them are just not practical for my situation and budget. My hope is that members of the forum can help me figure out what my options are.
So, what I have for hardware is not the greatest, but it was as good a deal I could get at a price I could afford:
Dell XPS 15 with an i7 740qm (1.7 GHz up to 2.9 with Turboboost)
6 gigs RAM (1300 I'm pretty sure)
Nvidia GT 435M
600 Gb 7200rpm HDD
750 Gb 5400rpm HDD (external USB 2.0) - not very useful for video editing I know ) - I'm not sure how I ended up walking out of Best Buy with this one. I knew from the get-go that I would want something faster. Moment of weakness I guess.
As a note, the XPS 15 has 2 USB 3.0 ports and one of those eSATA/USB combo ports. So those are my connection options.
Basically, my budget is as "As good as i can get while being affordable as possible." I'm willing to spend as much as I need to to experience a workflow that is useable. If people could give me an idea of what I could get for varying spending ranges between $100 and $1000, that would be great.
I can't spend a lot, but I would rather spend a little more to buy something that would work well, as opposed to spending absolute minimum and getting something that just barely works.
What I'm working with
Primarily 1080p AVCHD from Panasonic hmc150. I realize this may be asking a bit much for my system, but, a guy can hope, right? I may (but not too likely, especially if I have to spend more than I was expecting for editing solutions) buy my own camera and use that. In that case, it would almost certainly be a DSLR (T2i/T3i), which I as I understand also have difficult codecs to work with.
I'm using my system to edit video, create visual effects (of varying complexity, including 3D/live action compositing), as well as all the other tasks related to film and video creation.
What I'm looking for