One of my friends wants to build a new machine for CS5 and I would like the input from Harm, Eric, Scott and anybody that can recommend a decent setup. He will be editing footage from a sony ex5 AVCHD 1920 x 1080 and DV Cam from a Z1.
He does not need a super highend machine but would like to edit smoothly.
please give recommendations and part and model numbers.
Sorry if this sounds like a brush off, but there are many posts around here about configurations in various price classes, that a quick look at some of the posts here will give you all the info you may need.
If I take your 'ideal system' literally at this moment:
More realistically, without knowing his budget, i7-2700K, Z68, F4 320 G boot disk, 16 GB, GTX 560+, 2 x 2 aid0 plus a good backup plan.