Hi all. I know you probably get many of these sort of posts, but here's hoping you guys can help me.
I have used editing software quite a bit in university studios etc but when it comes to home editing I am not entirely sure my PC can handle it as I have very little knowledge about PC hardware.
I have recently bought a DSLR Sony Alpha 57 (AVCHD), arriving in a few days, and was wondering if my PC is up to the task of rendering 1080p/24-60fps video. I will also be using some effects and filters etc. I suspect that my graphics card may be way too old but not sure about my processor. If both are too old I guess I have no choice but to fork out more money on a new PC/Laptop.
My specs are:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 - 2.66GHz
8GB DDR3 RAM (in 4 2000MB pieces)
Windows 7 64-bit
Intel X38 Motherboard
Radeon HD 4850 which only has a memory of 512.
If it's just a case of needing a better graphics card, which would you recommend? e.g. I know that Nvidia cards are supposed to be better at handling programs like Premiere and Vegas.
Would Nvidia work on my motherboard? Or is that only a problem if the motherboard is AMD?
I know a lot of you must be fed up with these questions, and the fact that this is my first post. If i can manage to really get back into editing however, I am sure I will be sticking around here for a long time.