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Assuming I don't need a high end PC...

#11LvthnPosted 1/31/2014 4:48:27 PM
Build one yourself. For $400 and integrated graphics it's like a 2 hour operation, not like you're going to be setting up anything difficult, and you'll get far more reliable parts than you would from a $400 Wal Mart clunker.
#12MRW1215(Topic Creator)Posted 1/31/2014 5:19:57 PM
Well... I mean, I don't know the first thing about building a computer, or even buying parts for one.
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#13Combo MasterPosted 1/31/2014 5:49:03 PM
In my experience you would want 16gb for video editing. 16 gigs is so much better than 8 gigs if you video edit and have browsers open. With just 4 gigs of ram you probably will go through a lot of annoying freezes. You would also want an i5 quad core instead of a dual core cpu.

You are going to overpay for any prebuilt you buy. ecollegepc.com I have read before offer the best deals on pre builts but looking on their site now I can't see one I would recommend for the money.
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#14Kokuei05Posted 2/1/2014 1:12:20 AM
You don't really need much of a PC for video editing. All it really comes down to is render time. if you own an Nvidia card; you can render with CUDA which would streamline the rendering process.
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#15MRW1215(Topic Creator)Posted 2/1/2014 8:10:16 AM
Kokuei05 posted...
You don't really need much of a PC for video editing. All it really comes down to is render time. if you own an Nvidia card; you can render with CUDA which would streamline the rendering process.


See, I'm not completely computer illiterate, but I'm not tech-savvy enough to know what any of that means (well, I mean, I know about rendering, but I mean the rest).

So, again I ask, what would be the price point I'd have to pay, total, for that kind of thing?

How difficult is it to build a PC, and how do I know what parts I need, what parts will work with each other, and where to get everything I need?
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#16Flaktrooper123Posted 2/1/2014 8:14:05 AM
At that price point, try to look for second hand stuff. If you want brand new PC, the best you can get are those office grade Optiplex. Good computers, but not much to say inside, not to mention you will void the warranty if you open the case.
#17Psykic PetrolPosted 2/1/2014 8:42:32 AM
I know you said basic video editing, but what sort of programmes are you going to be using? All the 'high-end' software suites like CS, Vegas and AMC (& FCPx) will all benefit from multithreading. Spending more money really does scale well with better performance in this sort of stuff, far more than gaming performance, but obviously if you definitely don't intend to do anything major or a large workload, you probably don't need to splash the cash.
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