I recently purchased a Sony Camcorder -- the DCR-SX44E (PAL). It saves video files as MPEG2-PS, with a resolution of 480i. While this camcorder receives mostly mixed and negative reviews, I happen to like the grainy video. Anyway, I was looking to purchase a new PC. And I was wondering if you could help me figure out the appropriate specs to look for.
I would get a Mac, but I'm on a very tight budget. In fact, I can't go beyond $400 NZ Dollars (300 US dollars, 200 UK Pounds). I'm sure in this price range, a PC which can handle standard-definition video editing shouldn't be too much to hope for. But I'm not very knowledgeable on computers.
Okay, so I assume I'll want a 720:480 resolution CRT monitor. (A higher resolution LCD will bring out video flaws making them more obvious?)
As for a computer itself, RAM, CPU and everything else, I'm pretty clueless. So your advice is greatly appreciated!
The editing software I currently use is Video Edit Magic. But I am happy to download a more advanced program if you recommend it.