Warning: This twist is probably going to be pretty lame.
So I need to build a fast, but reasonably-priced PC for work (~$1500 or less, no monitor). Instead of being a blazing gaming box, however, I need something that lets me edit video with the power of ten thousand suns.
Now we’re not doing HD work or anything—most of this stuff will end up online at YouTube-like quality—but that’s no reason not to get the best machine I can while the getting’s good.
Here is my initial thought:
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ (This is the step up for the bigger cache, ne?)
10k RPM Western Digital Drive (or Drives) as video scratch drive.
Some other giant drive (or drives) for longer-term video storage.
A hunka RAM. (2GB or more.)
Some videocard, preferably one that supports video acceleration (which seems like most of the modern ATI and Nvidia stuff.)
Sundries (Case, keyboard, etc.)
My main questions are: Does anyone know if SSE2 performance on Athlons is in the same league as the Pentiums? Is more RAM than 2GB going to make a difference? Can I possibly do dual-processor on my budget, or is it better just to get a fast dual-core? And anyone have a good motherboard suggestion that includes FireWire? (I tend to just go with Asus when I’m too busy to do the research.)
Thanks for any help you’d like to offer, esp. if you’ve had some experience building video editing boxes before.