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Old February 22nd, 2011, 07:53 AM   #16
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Information? I thought he was saying his computer was running Vista and he was going to replace it with Windows 7 soon.
Ahh... I read it as he was wanting to buy a new computer and you wouldn't want to bring Vista in on that discussion - my mistake.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 05:32 PM   #17
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Yep, that is what I meant (on my computer) - sorry if I wasn't clear. I built my latest almost two years ago now (i7 had just come on the market). If those older quads are atill two hundred and fifty bucks - i5 does sound like a better bet!
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 10:45 PM   #18
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In fact, if you're spending anywhere close to $200 for just a CPU, you're better off with a quad-core i5. (Though i5 will still lag behind an i7 in video editing performance because the quad-core i5's lack HyperThreading, and the NLEs do take significant advantage of HT.)
You're talkin' Sandy Bridge or Pre-SB?

The simple math seems to be pre/post sandy bridge processors will be very close in price with a significant performance jump? Is that a true statement? (I'm asking--not proclaiming anything--have no knowledge of any 'o this stuff.)
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 01:15 AM   #19
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You're talkin' Sandy Bridge or Pre-SB?
I'm talking about either. The earlier i5-7xx series CPUs are a tad faster per clock than a Core 2 Quad. The SB ones are a sizable performance jump over the Lynndales.
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 04:29 AM   #20
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One of the cheapest (and easiest) ways of improving performance is by adding more RAM to your computer. You wrote your current PC has 2 GB of RAM. Half of that is going to your OS, so Vegas is only working with 1 GB of RAM, not much for a video editor. While you save up for i7 and/or Vegas 10, I'd suggest adding 2 GB (more if you use 64 bit Windows).
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Dude! Memory is almost free! 8 gig for $80? That's incredible!
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Old February 25th, 2011, 09:09 AM   #22
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I wouldn't even consider building a computer for Vegas Pro unless you're going i7. :)

I wouldn't say "skimp" on things like the graphics card or RAM, but I would definitely budget toward the fastest i7 proc you can, and let the rest of it fall into place from there.
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If you are editing HD, I recommend a four disc Raid 0 for your scratch drive, or use raided SSD drives.

Why? I just switched to using this arrangement for my SD footage, and what a difference on the timeline. Preview performance has been improved more by this than anything since I went i7. Editing three camera project is like butter, it's like night and day.
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