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What would be better for editing on the timeline: a great CPU, a great video card, or more RAM?

 

This is my current setup.

 

4.00GB RAM

Onboard Graphics (Intel G965 Express)

Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 at 1.86 GHz

Windows 7 64-bit

 

VideoPad is pretty smooth for me (in version 3.58 anyway) but it still can freeze and be slow on the timeline. I want to get a new CPU, which will help with rendering times, but what hardware affects editing on the timeline the most?

 

Thanks.

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For a general idea, here are minimum specs for another, more sophisticated, editor. While these suggestions may be a bit of overkill for VP, it's best to err on the high side because video editing taxes PC resources.

 

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP 32-bit SP3 (Windows XP Service Pack 3 is required)

Screen Resolution

  • 1024 x 768, 16-bit color or above.

CPU Processor

  • SD video editing and export: Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 or above (Required).
     
  • AVCHD* and BD* burning: Pentium Core 2 Duo E6400, or AMD Phenom II X2 (Recommended).
     
  • Full-HD video editing and export: Intel Core i5/7 or AMD Phenom II X4 (Recommended).
     
  • 2K/4K/3D* video editing and export: Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II X4 (Recommended).

Graphics Card

  • 128 MB VGA VRAM or higher (1 GB or higher VRAM and OpenCL capable are recommended).

Memory

  • 3 GB DDR2 or above recommended for 32 bit OS.
     
  • 6 GB DDR2 or above recommended for 64 bit OS.

Hard Disk Space

(Installation)

  • 5 - 10 GB

Hard Dick Space

(Burning)

* 20 - 100 GB

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