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    I capture my footage from either the Flip HD or Contour HD helmet cam. I have been using powerdirector up til this point. I am looking for a new system that I can run a program like premiere or vegas pro. What should I be looking for in a new system to support what I do? i5 or i7? how much ram? anything else? Also, I want to keep it under $1000 but I'd prefer to be around $750.

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    If you can get the fastest chip, the i7 as this will help reduce rendering times. You need at least 2 Gb of RAM if you are keeping to 32bit or more if you are using a 64bit OS. Get good fast disks this is often over looked by people and can be an unthought of limiting factor in a PC. Have at least two separate drives one for the OS and one for the media.

    If you have an editing program that can take advantage of CUDA then get a good nVidia CUDA graphics card.

    If you want to burn Bluray disks you will need to get a Bluray burner.

    I would advise you to look at the Hardware section in this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    If you can get the fastest chip, the i7 as this will help reduce rendering times. You need at least 2 Gb of RAM if you are keeping to 32bit or more if you are using a 64bit OS. Get good fast disks this is often over looked by people and can be an unthought of limiting factor in a PC. Have at least two separate drives one for the OS and one for the media.

    If you have an editing program that can take advantage of CUDA then get a good nVidia CUDA graphics card.

    If you want to burn Bluray disks you will need to get a Bluray burner.

    I would advise you to look at the Hardware section in this forum.
    Thanks for the response. How much difference is the i5 to the i7 in reducing rendering times? I am currently looking at this dell: * Studio XPS 8100 Desktop * Processor: Intel Core i5-650M Processor (3.20GHz,4M cache) * Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium * 1 TB SATA II Hard Drive (7200RPM) * 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz (4 DIMMs) * 16X DVD +/- RW w/dbl layer write capability * 1024MB nVidia GeForce GT 220

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    I've really no idea what the rendering times for each chip is. There are several different i5 and i7 chips. The best thing to do is google a particular chip and see if they have been tested by a tech website. Some thing like THIS

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    One more question. Is there a particular video editing software that requires less cpu usage or needs less system requirements (that's not like awindows movie maker)?

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    I have found Canopus Edius to be more CPU efficient than Sony Vegas when I tested it. BUT I like Sony Vegas functionality. You can down load either of them for a 30 day trial. Both are very good NLEs. I've never tried the others so I can't say about them. I would recommend avoiding Pinnacle Studio.

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