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Littlemonkey
04-06-2014, 03:47 AM
Hello everyone
I need a new computer for editing. I'll also be using it for some CG animation so it needs to be quite powerful. My current computer isn't very powerful and can't handle to much HD video files. I'm looking for one under 700 (about $1,100) or I could stretch my budget to 800. I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good PC or just say some specifications.

I found these 2:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BCVQQP4/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoostorm-7877-0432-i7-4770-3-40GHz-Windows/dp/B00G9Y57V8/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Thanks
Littlemonkey

Anonymous Filmmaker
04-06-2014, 03:57 AM
Some specs that should be good for you:

Get something with an SSD as boot up drive
Don't worry about hard drive memory, it is cheap to get more later
Get at least 16 gigs of ram
Get an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card, and look up the specific model to make sure it is good.
i7 running at at least 3.2gz.

Littlemonkey
04-06-2014, 04:11 AM
So one such as this?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerful-gaming-Speed-H4718u-Windows/dp/B00DZPDM0M/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1396786052&sr=1-1&keywords=nvidia+geforce

Anonymous Filmmaker
04-06-2014, 04:24 AM
So one such as this?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerful-gaming-Speed-H4718u-Windows/dp/B00DZPDM0M/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1396786052&sr=1-1&keywords=nvidia+geforce
Yeah, that has everything except the ssd. But, keep in mind the reviews. (On any computer.) I didn't really look, but I did see someone write that they were not satisfied and it didn't work as advertised. I have never heard of the brand that makes it before.

Littlemonkey
04-06-2014, 04:29 AM
Yeah good specs and good reviews are hard to find for a good price.

Edit: SOmeone just suggested to me building my own - would this work? Is it cheaper and better?

Klay M Abele
04-06-2014, 05:06 AM
Yeah good specs and good reviews are hard to find for a good price.

Edit: SOmeone just suggested to me building my own - would this work? Is it cheaper and better?

Yes! Do that, and follow this 3 part tutorial series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw

You'll get much more bang for your buck.

Anonymous Filmmaker
04-06-2014, 05:08 AM
Yeah good specs and good reviews are hard to find for a good price.

Edit: SOmeone just suggested to me building my own - would this work? Is it cheaper and better?
Generally, yes. If you do it right. Also, it doesn't come with any sort of warranty if you build it yourself, so keep that in mind.

Littlemonkey
04-06-2014, 05:15 AM
Thanks Klay M Abele

Thanks AF that is a bad side but you'll probably be able to fix it better and upgrade it if you know its insides

Littlemonkey
04-16-2014, 03:22 AM
I still haven't got one yet because I've inherited a (not too good but OK) PC from my granddad.
I'm just wondering about getting a laptop since it's more portable and I could edit shorts on location (or do a bit of editing at least) or attach a USB cable so I can see it through the laptops monitor.

I found this one online (suitable?) and here's a review:
http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/laptops/1304101/acer-aspire-v3-772g

Or would I be better going for a desktop?

Thanks

Anonymous Filmmaker
04-16-2014, 03:25 AM
I would get a desktop. Desktops are much easier to upgrade in the future, and good luck trying to add ram on a laptop.

Littlemonkey
04-16-2014, 03:29 AM
OK thanks.
I posted the wrong link sorry
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/acer-v3-772g-17-6-laptop-21836910-pdt.html

Aaron Jones
04-16-2014, 05:34 AM
That looks like a nice gaming laptop... That will work fine. I like that the graphics card has 4GB of Ram onboard. I just got a gaming Laptop so that I could be mobile and it was a Asus G750JX. I love it. It came with 16GB of Ram I just have to upgrade that to 32, which is my preference. I want to travel doing events and this way I can edit while there and do not have to come back home to edit.

Try and find a refurbished or reputable used one which will keep your cost down a bit.

MakefilmsOrDie
04-16-2014, 11:40 AM
The best way to get the most powerful PC and save money is to build it yourself, but a word of warning. You have to know what you're doing in regards to compatibility. Not all PC parts can be slapped together and expected to work as expected. Do your homework on compatibility. One important aspect to look at is compatibility between Video card and Editing/CG software you are using. Most issues revolve around utilization of the GPU and playback. Make sure you address these issues BEFORE you go shelling out hundreds of dollars. The last thing you need is to spend a ton of cash on parts that don't play well together. Best of luck to you.

By the way:
The PC I custom built last year has no equivalent that can be purchased, with out custom building. The closest thing you can buy turn-key has about half the RAM and a slightly slower CPU and no-where near the 3TB (Just in internal HD space) I have in mine. The price tag being about $4500 for the tower only. I built mine (complete PC) for just about $2k... and huge technological advances aside, I should be good for the next few years. You know how computers are for the most part. As soon as you leave the store with it, it's obsolete, lol.

Littlemonkey
04-19-2014, 11:16 AM
Thanks MfOD
Do you think that anyone could could give me any advice on compatibility.

Littlemonkey
04-19-2014, 11:21 AM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabertooth-990FX-R2-0-Motherboard-Multi-GPU/dp/B008RPYAS8/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1397935041&sr=1-2&keywords=amd+Motherboards

http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX8350-Edition-Processor-4-2GHz/dp/B009O7YUF6/ref=sr_1_4/280-8771018-2189946?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1397684775&sr=1-4&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=ur2&tag=sau-21

Would these go together? And how do you know or get to know?

Anonymous Filmmaker
04-19-2014, 11:33 AM
I'm not sure, but I would go with an intel processor.

Aaron Jones
04-20-2014, 09:13 AM
I would agree with AF. Although AMD is a good substitution Intel is the processor that is widely Universal. If possible I would look into a i7. One would have to ask himself why the price difference. I'm sure AMD does the job but in this case where you want to build for the purpose of editing you don't want issues down the road.

Something like this is a good start Amazon Listing (http://www.amazon.co.uk/1600Mhz-Ballistix-ThermalTake-Contac21-OVERCLOCKED/dp/B00DRESKW6/ref=sr_1_34?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1398013926&sr=1-34&keywords=i7+processor)
Upgrade the ram to 32 and you will have some decent resources. With this particular bundle it seems the ram is an issue. I would go with Cosair Ram as that is what I use with no issues. just something to think about anyway.

Littlemonkey
04-21-2014, 10:05 AM
Thanks for your reply's I'm looking at different components now.
I'm just wondering, can I upload OSX to it after I build it?

Or what is the best OS for things like CG and video editing.

Aaron Jones
04-21-2014, 10:21 AM
Thanks for your reply's I'm looking at different components now.
I'm just wondering, can I upload OSX to it after I build it?

Or what is the best OS for things like CG and video editing.

You can and it is called a Hackintosh. There are many sites out there that give you all the information that is needed for that. I built one personally. I will say from my experience DO NOT DO IT! Here is the issue with that:

OSX has many updates, and it is a pain to have to always worry about getting a work around for every issue that pops up especially when this machine is used to edit. Then when certain OSX updates render your machine un-usable until a work around is found that is very frustrating. I have since went strictly PC with Windows OS. Now I have a more stable editing environment and that is a load off your mind when projects are due and people has paid you for a product and you have to finish with editing.

If you want Mac is is best to buy a Mac. They are extremely nice stable machines. But for me cost was a factor so I Transitioned my Hackintosh into strictly PC.

Well that is my little few cents and I hope it helps.

Littlemonkey
04-21-2014, 10:50 AM
Thanks AJ
I'll go with Windows 7 then