I feel a bit foolish posting in the 'Perfect Video Editing PC' forum, considering that I'm having to work to a very tight budget.
I'm weighing up the need for a new PC against possibly upgrading my current one and I need some advice, especially in terms of a graphics card.
I have an Intel Dual Core PC (sorry, can't recall the exact model CPU or speed, but its about 4 years old)
It currently has 2GB Ram
And a pretty duff graphics card with I think 256Mb of ram.
Its running XP pro 32bit.
I'm currently editing with Sony Vegas Platinum Pro 11 (at present it does more or less what I need so don't expect to need anything more sophisticated any time soon.) I don't go mad with effects, and by its very nature, I'm limited to 10 video tracks in SV Platinum Pro 11, so its not like I need a super computer or anything.
I'd like to utilise the HD and full HD filming capabilities of a camera I've acquired, previously I've only been messing around in standard def, but i want to get a bit serious now and I know my poor PC ain't up to it.
I don't have a lot of spare cash, if I had to buy a better system I might have to do so on credit which I'd rather not to be honest.
I'm thinking I could do the following with the old PC;
I've got 2GB of spare, reasonably speedy and compatible ram I could chuck in there.
I can upgrade to Windows 7 Pro or ultimate 64bit very cheap (about £15) through work (I get an academic discount as I work for University)
Finally, I've been pricing up graphics cards. This I'm finding confusing as I've never been a major gamer, so I've never owned a PC with anything other than a fairly standard graphics card. From my limited research, I'm finding that GDDR Ram is supposed to be fast, I've found this card;
Asus ATI Radeon 6670 HD 810MHz 1GB PCI-E HDMI (EAH6670/DIS/1GD5) - dabs.com
I'm just wondering what everyone thinks of that card - I know it seems to be marketed towards gaming, but its specs and speed seem to tick all the boxes in terms of being head and shoulders above the existing card - surely it would offer a big improvement in terms of live previewing of video in my editor (which is what is currently suffering if I try and work with higher def material? And its very cheap! I'm reminded of the saying 'You buy cheap, you buy twice,' and it worries me!
I guess the weak link is my processor, I'm not at all confident on upgrading that, I would love to make it a quad, but I've no idea if the motherboard is suitable, could i get away with pressing on with a dual core?
In a year or so's time I ought to have enough to buy a decent new machine, but til then, would this be a workable interim?