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    Default New computer

    Time for a new computer and it's been a while since I upgraded, admittedly behind the curve on what's available in today's computer. I guess most of the major suppliers don't bundle a ton of software anymore, which I'm fine with. Don't need a bunch of junk that I wouldn't use slowing the machine down.

    I would use the machine mostly for pictures / video's and editing. I'll get as big a hard drive as I can, but was wondering if any of the tech geeks on our board wanted to recommend anything in regards to which brand / processors / chips / speed / operating system / motherboards / etc work better for graphics / video's?

    I'm leaning towards Dell only because it's supporting a local economy and they seem to make as good a machine as anyone. Thoughts on this?

    Any input would be appreciated, thanks.
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    We bought a Dell and really like it. Got the most RAM I could get plus two 500 GB in a RAID. Also the best video card with the most video memory they had.
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    Get the fastest processor you can afford since you will have it for a while. Hard drives and memory are cheap but get as much as you can afford there too.

    An Intel i7 quad core with at least 8 gigs of ram would be where I'd start. And make sure it has one of those mouse thingys too.

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    processor is key.

    external memory is cheap. I bought a Buffalo external hard drive I keep my pictures on. Rated at 1 terabyte.
    paid about $75 if I remember at Altex.

    Video card if you plan on gaming
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    What are you editing? Video, pics or text?
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    Mostly video and pictures. Other than that, the usual web stuff, some office work.
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    It is hard to beat a Mac for video and pic editing.

    Regardless of what you get, keep in mind it is far easier to add memory, external storage or a solid state drive later than it is to upgrade the CPU. Two physical drives will help with video editing.

    My 6 year old Mac can rip through converting video files because I keep the CPU busy by using two SSD drives, one internal and one external on an FireWire connection. Having said that, I can only keep the CPU 80%ish busy.

    I am not saying you should get a Mac, i was just using mine as an example that if you are carefull with what you buy you can tune the overall system to performe best for you.
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    I've always heard Mac is very good for video type work. I'm just not used to em, and being the stick in the mud I am, probably will stay with something M/S and Intel equipped. I'm looking at nothing less than i7 processors and 8 gig of RAM and a minimally decent vid card. As stated, other upgrades such as Blu Ray dirves and more memory can be added later.
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