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    Default Consumer HD Video Editing Machine

    Hi there folks.
    Great forum, loads of information, but I'm just looking a little help getting started in HD video editing on my home computer. Nothing serious, I just want to make some videos of holiday and the occasional short story. I was reading some specs in and around the internet and getting some information.
    Would this machine be ok? Any recommendations?

    300W Desktop Power Supply
    ASUS M4A78LT-M Mainboard - DDR3,uATX
    AMD Athlon™ II X4 640 Quad Core Processor AM3 (3GHz, 2MB Cache)
    4GB 1333MHz Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM - (2x2GB)
    1GB ATI Radeon HD3000 Integrated Graphics - Full HD Support (M4A78LT-M)
    1TB SATA 3Gb/s 7200rpm 32MB Cache Hard Drive - Samsung F3
    22x SATA Dual Layer DVD-Rewritable Super Format ±R/±RW/RAM
    7.1 High Definition onboard sound card - for 8 Channel Cinema sound

    I have a budget of about £400-£500.
    Thanks guys.


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    There is a "perfect PC" section but a lot of the threads are a bit old now. I'm not really an expert but something of the spec you mention seems fine of HD editing. You mention a DVD writer but if you want to keep HD you would need a Bluray writer.

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    Check 300W PSU is enough. Given the low spec of the on board graphics (not a criticism - it's more than adequate for HD editing), I'd imagine so, but worth checking anyway.
    The other thing I'd definitely go for is a separate hard drive for the Operating System and Programs, keep your media on the 1TB drive (and ideally a third to render your output to).

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    Echo the above post.... get a separate drive for your media files... make it a Raid 0 configuration... an external drive is fine as long as it's firewire.
    Plus make sure ou have plenty of firewire ports for transfer.
    Your actual chip isn't taxed by HD much... your data transfer rates between all components is what's key.

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