That's great. Seeming as I'm just starting out I doubt I'll be doing any complex projects. I'll download it and if things are going well and I want to move on to more complex things then I can always invest in better hardware at a later date. Thanks for the help!
Wow great price too. Do you own one? If you do how does it run hitfilm? Thanks
Hi.I'm looking at buying a new laptop to run Hitfilm but one of the ones I'm looking at has an AMD Radeon HD 7470M (1 GB DDR5 dedicated) which isn't on the list of minimum/recommended requirements.Is this any good? Would the software still run OK?Thanks!
Hi Ady.Thanks for the reply!Budget is around £500-£600 - I've since found this:http://shop.lenovo.com/gbweb/gb/en/laptops/ideapad/z-series/z580which had an NVIDIA Geforce GT 630M which is on the list, so I'm seriously considering it. Any thoughts on this? Edited to add: I don't really want or need a desktop in the big scheme of things; a laptop suits me better overall as long as it's man enough for my task!
Hey Simon. Any time someone asks me what kind of desktop to buy, especially if they're already expecting to spend around $1500 on a new computer, I just suggest that they build a new one themselves. It's SO much cheaper to do a self-build, it's relatively easy, you can upgrade with no problem, and there's nothing quite like knowing exactly what's in your machine. I started building them in college, and it's amazing how much you learn about computers through a project like that. I'd be happy to give you a few ideas about parts if you're interested. You'd definitely be able to run pretty much anything you could wish for with a $1600 self-build.I'll give you an example. The current desktop I'm using would cost you around $1600 to build (estimated from current prices for the parts listed below), probably over $3000 to buy already assembled. These are the components I have:ASUS sabertooth z77 motherboardIntel i7 2660k quad-core processor @ 3.4 GHzGigabyte GTX 67012 GB Corsair RAM120 GB SSD for OS, Hitfilm, and other programs I want to run fast1 TB WD hard driveCoolermaster CPU cooler750W power supplyAntec 900 casegeneric optical driveWindows 7 64-bitWith a 24" monitor you'd end up spending around $1750. That setup allows me to run any game with at least 60 fps, hitfilm hardly lags at all, and I can upgrade anything I want to keep up with advances in technology. Plus, it was a blast to build and learn from. These days, no one should be afraid to build a computer, even if they don't have much relevant experience. Heck, there are probably more than 150 good videos on youtube, not to mention a ton of other websites, guiding you through step-by-step if you get stuck.If you want a laptop, that's a different story. I won't be much help with those.Jim
Building is super simple nowadays, when i started out you had to set IRQs with jumpers hahahaha, that was great fun
Can anyone characterize the mobile graphics chip scene a little better? For example, I see HD3000 as a minimum listed for Hitfilm, how does that translate when rendering something with EFX? How much of a difference does a HD4000 make (if noticeable)? How much better to step to discrete graphics like a 650M or 730M?I've seen it mentioned that Hitfilm employees have a wide range of PCs, laptops. Could you guys build a table of render times across those platforms doing some standard EFX laden tutorial?I'm looking to buy a new laptop and just want to know where the "comfortable" part of the price / performance curve lies today (Jan. 2013).... I guess that translates to shopping in the range of $600 to $1000, but don't know how much that range will vary my Hitfilm performance without some more info.I'm an Ultimate user and use a fair amount of EFX in all work.Thanks!
When I first downloaded Hitfilm, it ran really slow on my old notebook. I've now got a faster one, but for fun, I'm including info for both.My old system was a MSI notebook, Pentium Dual core T4300 2.1Ghz, 4GB, NVIDIA GeForce 8200M GIt took 1 hour, 6 minutesThe new system is a Sager NB9130 notebook, CORE i7 3610QM 2.3 GHz, 16GB, with both Intel integrated graphics, and GeForce GTX 670M w/1.5GB.Using the intel graphics, it took 7 minutes, 13 seconds.Using the 670M, it took 2 minutes, 15 seconds.All where the 30second test to MP4, everything else defaultRichard.
Hi Jim,Some sound advice there, I have always built machines myself as I often found 'ready-built' machines to be far more expensive. And in a majority of cases that is correct, the only real downside to building your own machine is the fact that if something goes wrong it's down to you to fix it! Which can be a daunting task to some.There certainly should be no reason for anyone to feel like they can't do it, it is fairly easy, if a little fiddly in places, added to the fact that components can only go in one way & only fit in the correct 'slot'It's just whether or not you'd like some additional service or some 'insurance' if things do go wrong, which I can completely understand if you're going to be spending $1500+ on a PC.Thanks,Ady
Although I like the idea of building my own machine, which I had to do in the past. Almost every time I could not get the same low price point which I could against a workstation which was already built. I envy you two that you can get one built cheaper than buying it off the shelf. Both my wife's system and mine which now are more than a few years old, I had priced out (parted) at 30% more than buying the system already built.Building is more exciting, although that being said, building with a faulty motherboard (or any component for that matter) can make all the hours spent feel like a waste.
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