I'm into video editing as a hobby at the moment and am going to school to make it a profession. I have an old Pentium 4 2.4ghz processor and 256mb of ram...etc that refuses to render anything in Adobe Premiere Pro. edit* - I know it at least needs more RAM to function, but my multitasking suffers as well from Premiere to After Effects, etc so I figgured the best way would be to start over with newer technology that would last me longer than upgrading this older machine.
Needless to say I want to upgrade, though I am fairly computer illiterate when it comes to all the numbers. Please excuse my ignorance in my following questions:
I have $1200 for processor(s), mobo, RAM, and video card. (I can upgrade the RAM and vid card at a later date though). When I went on NewEgg I and looked around at Intel Xeon processors This is the one I was looking at
-I am assuming that Xeon's are only for dual processor applications?
-The only boards I could find for them were server boards. What exactly are server boards?
-Would this processor work well for a video machine? Are Xeons good for normal use (not server)?
The Xeon seemed to have what I was looking for, but I don't know if it would work or there were better things out there...?
Another Processor I was looking at was this one.
-Is it any good for a video editing application?
Is it better to have a faster clock speed processor, or one that has high FSB and cache? Also, what is hyperthreading?
I will leave it at that for now until I narrow down what processor is good for me. Thanks in advance for any help here.