I would like to purchase an HP Pavillion p6-2014 to run PP. I am unsure, however, if the processor is powerful enough: it uses the AMD A6-Series. Does anyone know if this will work? The tech specs are here http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Desktop+/+AMD+A-Series+Processor+/+8GB+Memory+/+ 1TB+Hard+Drive/3641602.p?id=1218422886714&skuId=3641602&st=p6-2014&cp=1&lp=1
Unfortunately, that system still falls below Adobe's minimum requirements for Premiere Pro CS5.x. The A6-3600 CPU is, if anything, slower than some of the Phenom II quad-core CPUs - and all of the Phenom IIs (and Fusions) lack full support for SSE 4.x instructions that CS5.x makes great use of. Even worse, that system has only one single hard drive for absolutely everything (which will make Premiere Pro not run properly, at least to anybody's satisfaction). You will need three or more fast internal hard drives for Premiere Pro to function satisfactorily. And that system does not have a discrete GPU at all, let alone an Nvidia GPU, so CS5.x will only run in MPE software-only mode. And its included 8GB of RAM is barely enough to run CS5.x adequately.
In other words, that system is cheap - and performs exactly that way. You get what you pay for, in this particular case. A $400 system - desktop or laptop - is just not powerful enough for video editing unless all you're working with is standard-definition DV from tape (and that requires the purchase of a Firewire 400 card in addition to the system, in this particular case).