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Computer Needed for Photo/Video Edits

studville 1,509 250 December 27, 2015 at 09:22 PM
I'm currently running a 1st gen i-7 920 w/ 8GB of RAM. It's come to a point where it's just no longer as I'd like and the MOBO not support USB 3.0 or a HD larger than 2 gigs is driving me mad. It's time to get a new rig.

Background:
I travel quite a bit and am quite fond of creating video summaries of my trips from my GoPro footage etc.

What are the basics I should be looking for in processor, video card, etc? I'm still at 720/1080P for video so I wouldn't be handling any 4k footage.

Example I'd like to make videos not for my memories (nothing for commercial use like these are made for)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJF5NXygL4k

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Background:
I travel quite a bit and am quite fond of creating video summaries of my trips from my GoPro footage etc.

Example I'd like to make videos not for my memories (nothing for commercial use like these are made for)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJF5NXygL4k
I bought an Alienware Laptop [amazon.com] seven, yes 7 years ago and it is still going strong and it is my daily PC. However after all that time it has become "dated" and would be considered old tech by most. [no touch screen, no USB3 etc]

So if you can spend that kind of money I don't think you can go wrong with Alienware.
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So are you looking for a laptop then?

I also still have a i7 920 based desktop right now and do some video editing at 1080p and while not the absolute fastest its still ok for that resolution. Know that video processing takes time to render, even if you buy the fastest computer available. today.

I think you mean you can't get hard drives larger than 2tb not gb? Not sure what that would be. I doubt this is a motherboard limit, I think you might be confusing things here. This should not be a problem. Can you explain more?

If you have never reformatted your operating system it might be something to consider. You will get a nice performance boost out of that.

I personally am planning ot upgrade as well but not necessairly totally because of speed more because of age and reliablity.
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The 2TB size limit is on MBR formatted drives. You need to switch over to GUID (GPT) if you want 3TB or larger. These devices won't be bootable on an old system, but as long as your primary drive is formatted MBR I don't think there are any other hardware limitations that would stop you from using them on your current system.

In terms of basics:
For CPU: Get something from Intel, Haswell or newer, with an appropriate amount of power. Find benchmarks of the apps you use. For example, I don't know what video encoding app you use, but here's a good DB of x264 benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/53. These are desktop CPU benchmarks. Laptop CPU benchmarks are a little more difficult to turn up.

For GPU: There's not really enough to make a recommendation here. If you're just doing photo and video work the onboard video will be fine.
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Thanks for the feedback. Yes I was looking for a a desktop. I looked into the GPT and think I understand what needs to be done.

As for the video editing. the 920 works fine, I understand a 1.5gig 1080P video file isn't going to load in the blink of an eye, but I guess wondering if I get a newer gen i5 for example or better vid card if that will help speed up the movement and editing of these files.
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Thanks for the feedback. Yes I was looking for a a desktop. I looked into the GPT and think I understand what needs to be done.

As for the video editing. the 920 works fine, I understand a 1.5gig 1080P video file isn't going to load in the blink of an eye, but I guess wondering if I get a newer gen i5 for example or better vid card if that will help speed up the movement and editing of these files.
A newer i7 will have more performance than your 920. You didn't mention what GPU you have. It also depends on what software your using. Please tell us these things.
Most don't use the GPU for actual rendering only real time playback. If you don't have an SSD you would see real world performance from that in boot taimes, program launch speed etc. Basically we need more details.

1.5gb video at 1080P isn't anything extreme these days. Most smartphones will play and do minor edits easily so it all depends on what your trying to do.
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