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    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/B...=1&s=computers

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoostorm-787...pr_product_top

    Thanks
    Littlemonkey

  • #2
    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.
    -AF

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    • #3
      So one such as this?
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerful-gam...nvidia+geforce

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Littlemonkey View Post
        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.
        -AF

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        • #5
          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?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Littlemonkey View Post
            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.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Littlemonkey View Post
              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.
              -AF

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              • #8
                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

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                • #9
                  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/lapto...aspire-v3-772g

                  Or would I be better going for a desktop?

                  Thanks
                  Last edited by Littlemonkey; 04-21-2014, 12:22 AM.

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                  • #10
                    I would get a desktop. Desktops are much easier to upgrade in the future, and good luck trying to add ram on a laptop.
                    -AF

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                    • #11
                      OK thanks.
                      I posted the wrong link sorry
                      http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptop...36910-pdt.html

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                      • #12
                        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.

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                        • #13
                          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.
                          Last edited by MakefilmsOrDie; 04-16-2014, 11:50 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks MfOD
                            Do you think that anyone could could give me any advice on compatibility.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabertooth-9...d+Motherboards

                              http://www.amazon.co.uk/AMD-FX8350-E...ur2&tag=sau-21

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

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