I'm an aspiring documentary filmmaker who's getting more and more into post-production by the day. I primarily edit via Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 (formerly Sony Vegas Pro 10), but play around with FCP7 whenever I get the chance.
For starters, this is the PC I'm currently working with:
HP TouchSmart HQ504 (circa 2008)
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5750 @ 2Ghz
4GB Dual-Channel DDR2-333 RAM
Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family (lol integrated graphics)
Needless to say (but I'll say it anyways), this PC is an all-in-one sack of crap for video editing, and I'm dying to get a new one. Its CPU is consistently running at 65-70+ degrees, and with no idea of how to cool it down I'm worried that the PC might croak if I do any more heavy editing on it.
Apart from being a future documentarian, I'm also a broke college grad who doesn't have much money to spend. Ideally I'd like to purchase a MacBook Pro or an iMac (because Final Cut Pro 7 is still the gold standard in the editing world, *grumble*), but even their cheapest models are out of my price range at the moment. The next best thing in my mind is to purchase or build the best sub-$800 PC that I can. I'm hoping that it could tide me over for a couple of years, or at least until I can afford a Mac.
I'm not a heavy editor or PC gamer (yet), so I'm not looking for top-of-the-line specs. With that in mind, any suggestions as to what components I should keep in mind, and how to go about building this theoretical rig? I'm really tempted to just settle for a pre-built PC (that Dell XPS 8700 looks mighty good), but I'd like to give this a shot.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.