Hi there, first time posting here.
I'm a photographer delving into videography now with the 5d mark II. Not trying to do anything too spectacular, but mostly trailers with brief clips and effects. I work with PS CS4, After Effects CS4 and Premiere Pro CS4 (All legal!) I also do photoshop, design, and web design, so I would like to be able to perform all these tasks on a single machine.
This will be my first time building a PC, though I have an experienced friend who will be able to help me. I'd just like to be able to choose my own equipment with some help! I've been doing some editing on my Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with 2gb ram, Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.20 GHz. It is just too cumbersome to get anything edited, let alone rendered.
Questions I have:
Quad core or Dual core?
What version of Vista?
Hard drive configuration? I would like the security of having a backup at all times. I am vaguely familiar with RAID configurations, let me know what you think and I will further research them.
Importance of video card? I do not plan to do much gaming...
RAM: Is 8GB enough?
Optical: Anyone had experience with Litescribe? I burn DVDs for clients and wonder if this is a good option.
Budget- I am trying to stay under $1,500 USD.
I am so grateful for anyone who takes the time to consider my situation. Please feel free to add any other advice as needed. Thank you.