Ok, so if you guys me with this I promise to level maybe two-three times.
I've got about $628 to spend on PC parts. And all I want is a PC that will run WoW full settings, be able to record with FRAPS smoothly, and be able to edit in Adobe Premiere/After Effects. I really don't know what parts to get, as I'm not a PC noob, just a PC building noob. (if you can't tell I'm really into WoW Machinima, and am currently working on a few projects)
Cider, I was hoping maybe you could help since you make vids and edit them in Adobe. Its a pita to edit even in just Sony Vegas now because previewing with heavy effects is a slide show, so precision is hard to accomplish. What parts would you guys recommend?
for full WoW performance: check out Asus Motherboards (I have the A8n-E), seagate hard drives, video card is up to you - I think Nvidia 6600gt 256mb PCI-E is in your price range (dunno about the equivalent in other brands) and pc3200 to 4200 RAM atleast 1024MB (I use 2048mb). As far as video/fRAPS/adobe crap good hard drive speed (possibly more than 1 HD) is essential, Cider can elaborate more on that
video cards cost the most, so keep that in mind. while full video settings require all these parts, it is most dependent on RAM and video card. good luck!
I just started lurking on these here forums, thanks in part to Cider's amazing posts on the WoW boards concerning tanking... </obligatory butt-kissing> Anyhoo, I felt compelled to respond to this, simply to give my $.02 on your upgrade issue.
Here's a list of components I came up with on Newegg, with a grand total of $620.94, before shipping.
Motherboard: ASUS M2NPV-VM Socket AM2 (this allows you a lot more room to upgrade in the future, unlike the older Socket 939, and also gives you the ability to use DDR2 memory)
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans Socket AM2
Video Card: eVGA GeForce 7600GT 256MB PCI-E x16
Memory: 1GB (2 x 512) Corsair XMS2 DDR2 675
Hard Drive (Optional): Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
DVD Burner: Samsung 18x / 12x DVD-Ram
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid-Tower
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 430W
Optional: If you choose not to get the additional hard drive, I'd recommend one of two things -- 1) Upgrade the processor to an X2 4200 or similar (dual cores will help pick up the performance loss from the hard drive when it comes to the actual editing and rendering) or 2) Replace the onboard audio with an X-Fi Xtreme Music or Fata1ity, as they can both be had for fairly cheap nowadays.
For folks on a budget, sometimes you've got to compromise on one component to be able to afford another, more important, one. In your case, since you're going to be editing and rendering video, I would strongly suggest a SATA II HD with a 16MB cache. The faster speed and larger cache help cut down on lag and skipping you can experience when you're recording. If you'd rather not, you can always use one of the other options I posted as well.
(No DVD Burner or HD or Sound Card)
The case kinda worries me, it got pretty good reviews though. The DVD burner, HD, and Sound Card are probably going to be upgrade a little later on. It looks like with the HD and DVD gone for now, we upgrade some on what you suggested, good sign cause I'll be iffy on ordering until the PC is up and running.
The thing is I also need a gaming PC, so it's hard to go between editing machine and gaming. I'm getting a job in a couple months and that's when I'll be making my big upgrade. And its a big help knowing about the 16mb cache on HDs and I need to keep that in mind. Regardless this is a pretty big upgrade from my machine now (p4 1.8ghz, 1gig PC2700 ram, Geforce 6600).