Building a DVD Burning computer

By kickboxerconrad
Dec 8, 2005
  1. I am building a new computer and would like recomendations for componets. I want to edit video and music to burn DVDs.
    I know I want an AMD 64 dual core 3500, plextor burner, asus motherboard, ati video card and 1 gig of ram. all been recomended to me. I don't know details yet, but I am working on a list. Do I need XP Media? Thanks
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    9 times out of 10 I usually recommend AMD systems, but .... I believe INTEL is a better system for you if video editing is your main intent for the system. Is this to be a professional level system, or is this just a hobby of yours?

    If you are just a hobby level video editor (like myself) then the above system will be fine. Although I'd recommend getting at least 2Gb of ram.

    What format are your source movies in? Analog? Or are they already digital?

    I really don't know anything about XP media edition to be able to answer that question. For my (basic) needs, XP home edition works just fine but media may be the way to go...
  3. kickboxerconrad

    kickboxerconrad TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I will be just doing this as a hobby, so I don't think I will need to have INTEL instead of AMD. I will be converting my analog movies to digital then burning them on DVD's. I will most likely be getting 2 gigs of RAM, depending on the cost of system.
    Is there any advantages in getting different cases. (brands or sizes)?
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    The main things I look for in a case (everyone has preferrences)

    1. Quiet!!
    2. Space to move around inside when installing things, and space for future upgrades (more hard drives, optical drives etc)
    3. Looks.

    In general, it is best to stay away from cases that come with a power supply (unless it is a company like antec) as the power supplies tend to be extremely low quality. You want to be sure you get a PSU from a reliable company. Have a look at this thread for suggested brands:
  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Here's a possibility

    Cpu athlon64 x2 3800+

    Mobo Asus a8n5x

    Ram 2gb cas 2

    Video card, ati x800gto

    If you want silence
    If you just want quiet with faster performance

    Hard drive 160g sataII hd.(you might want bigger).

    OS, xp mce 2005(has dvd burning support built in, and not much more money)

    Case(you decide, I don't know your taste in cases, but if you are going to burn a lot of dvds, then I'd recommend a case without a front panel "door" that covers the dvd drive)

    Power supply Tagan 480w

    Dvd burner Plextor(I don't know much about that, so you might have a better choice in that area).
  6. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Nice system vnf4ultra!
  7. PC_Nerd

    PC_Nerd TS Rookie Posts: 82

    Windows media centre edition is more of a 'virtual HiFi system' its designed for people who want to treat their PC like a TV, or a Stereo system.
    Those who own Nero 7 and are familiar with Nero Home will know what I'm talking about.
    In other words, if your going to be doing video editing, MCE dosen't have an interface designed to be work-friendly.
    Stay with XP Pro, Home, or even Win2k.
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