Apr 25, 2010
Hi Guys,
I am in the process of purchasing some upgrade components for my desktop computer and need advice. I realise the questions I am about to ask have probably been asked a lot before but I have been unable to find existing posts that match my budget/requirements.

I am not a total newb to computers but I have been overwhelmed by the different options available at the stores. I am currently using a Pentium D with 2Gb ram which I have had for a while now and really is starting to drag with my requirements. Here is my info and budget for the upgrade:

1. I edit and composit video with adobe premiere and after effects and would like a machine that deals well with HD material.

2. I have decided that I will upgrade the motherboard, ram and processor.(I will use my current video card although possibly upgrade when money allows)

3. My budget for the three components is NZ$850 which works out about US$610.

4. I would like future upgrades to be possible.

I hope I have provided enough info, please let me know if I haven't. Any thoughts on what my best option is will be greatly appreciated. I have read up lots on the i7, Xeon, dual core, quad core etc but don't really feel any better about making a decision for myself.

Kind Regards