At this time, Premiere Elements does not take advantage of the "CUDA cores" in nVidia cards, so the ATI models on your list are just fine... and, I think, are less $$ than the nVidia models
If you were using Premiere Pro, you would want an nVidia card
If you have a large enough power supply, an internal drive is better than external, unless your external is eSata... link at the bottom to one model eSata external dock
Power supply calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp (the PRO version)
My 3 hard drives are configured as...
1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs
2 - 320Gig data for Win7 paging swap file and video project files
When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,
so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folder and files
3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (*)
(*) for 4 drives, drive 3 all source files & drive 4 all output files
Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows paging swap file
Trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing
You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything
Partition = Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/957286
I find that the three drives I use work very well for me, for editing AVCHD video... some people use a 4th drive, so video INPUT files are on drive three and all OUTPUT files are on drive four... I only bought a mid-tower case instead of a full tower case (my bad... but had to fit in the space available on my office desk!) so I use the three drives that will fit
Depending on your exact hardware (motherboard brand & model AND USB2 enclosure brand & model AND external hard drive brand & model) AND the type of video file, you may... or may NOT... be able to use an external USB2 hard drive for SD (Standard Definition) video editing
A USB3 hard drive connected to a motherboard with USB3 is supposed to be fast enough for video editing (I don't have such, so don't know) but eSata DOES have a fast enough data transfer for video editing... I have not used the eSata Dock below... for reference only, YMMV and all the usual disclaimers
Thank you for the input. Will take me a day to digest, as I should have stated my computer knowledge is limited.
If I am understanding the,
Processor : 2 nd generation intel i7-3930k six core processor 12mb cache (IS Good)
Memory: 12 gb ddr3 1600mhz 4 dimms ram ( IS Good)
Hard Drive: 2tb 7200 rpm sata harddrive (IS Good) * But I would be better served with A 1TB or more For Wind 7 and Programs, along with a second hard drive internal to store project files only. And do my editing on the main hard drive without a partition.
And any of the graphic cards I listed are fine, go with the lower cost radeon cards.
And the largest power supply I can get.
And a good cooling fan.
Boot drive for Windows and programs, only
If only 2 drives
use second drive for projects AND media
do NOT have media on the boot drive... that is for Windows and programs, only
If 3 drives... as I posted in my last message
Boot drive for Windows and programs, only,,, swap file & projects to #2 media to #3
Again... Boot drive for Windows and programs, only