Up front, thanks so much to all you Folks who are so knowledgeable and willing to help newbs like me.
I've been reading the posts here about Video editing PC's, but since i don't *really* know about these things i still have some questions... Honestly, i don't have a plant-like IQ...
I want to config a PC for some video/photography editing, somewhat heavy gaming (Battlefield 2142 and i want to use ALL the eye-candy), and "regular" Office Appls like Powerpoint, Excel, etc.
My current video cam is a Panasonic PV-gs150 miniDV tape and i may upgrade at some point to a HD digi device. I use the manufacturer-supplied software at this point and again, may upgrade as the need arises.
For photography, i use open-source GIMP and will continue to do so. I will be converting RAW files and growing into some pano-stitching as well as possibly making HDR composites. I use both digital and film media and the initial/source file sizes range from 5mb up to about 48mb and then grow exponentially from there. Eventually i'll be moving to an even larger digital format so file sizes will grow dramatically.
OS: Vista 64-bit Premium or Windows 7 if it's not too buggy
PSU: Thermaltake 1,000 watt
CPU: Intel i7 920 2.66GHz
Mobo: Asus P6T Deluxe X58
RAM: 6GB (2GB x3) DDR3 1600Mhz
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX295 1.7GB PCIe
HDD1: RAID (0) 1TB (2x 500GB) SATA-II 3Gb/s 16MB cache 7200RPM
Data Storage: 1TB SATA-II 3Gb/s 32MB cache 7200RPM
I've read the Nvidia Quadro cards are the way to go for strict video editing and that they help in many other ways as well.
However, will the Quadro cards also meet my gaming (Battlefield 2142 and upgrades with ALL the eye-candy) requirements?
Thanks so much!