Awesome site!I am about to upgrade my entire setup to HD and after many hours of research. I have come up with my three main components and would like opinions before I pull the trigger. This is just a hobby but I am willing to invest 2500.00-3000.00. I am currently using a 3-chip panasonic prosumer MiniDV Camera and an older Hi-8 to capture footage. I import and edit using pinnacle studio 8 with firewire from both cameras in mpeg2. My PC is pretty old but was a nice machine in it's day. Vaio 2.4ghz pentium 4 running XP SP3. I will probably try and turn this unit into an HTPC so any knowledge on that would be awesome too!
Ok now for the new stuff I think I want
Dell Studio XPS 9000 1699.00
Intel Core i7-920 processor(8MB L3 Cache, 2.66GHz)
Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 4 DIMMs
500GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
Dual Drives: Blu-ray Disc (BD) Burner (Writes to DVD/CD/BD) and DVD+/-RW
nVidia GeForce GTS 240 1024MB
Camera: Canon HV 40 HD MiniDV 699.00
Software: Pinnacle Studio 14 ( I am used to using pinnacle) 100.00
Opinions greatly appreciated.