Looking for recommendations for a computer to run Camtasia, either Mac or Windows

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We are needing to do some basic and simple edits on some lecture capture recordings from our institution, things like deleting specific sections (time wise), adding a opening title slide, and some basic transitions such as fade between clips. Looking for some recommendations for purchasing a new computer to dedicate to this task. The computer can be either Windows or Mac. Currently we use both a Windows 7 with an i5 and 12GB RAM and a Macbook Pro i5 with 8GB RAM. Both of these are several years old. The goal is to have a dedicated computer that can do the work in less time.
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wayne

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They should both be fine to do what you are needing to do.
Unless you are going to get into some HUGE projects.
I did one a few weeks ago to bogged down my i5 and then I tested the same project with an i7 processor in my laptop, and it still took a load.

Anything that has a graphics card with a lot of dedicated memory.
8GB+ RAM
i5 (2Ghz of higher processor)
i7, if you can get it.

The windows 7 system, you might be able to upgrade the CPU in it, rather cheap.
I purchased the i7 from eBay, it cost about $45.00

What is the make and model of your Windows 7 system?
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It is a Dell 7010. Both computers have SATA drives, but the Mac has a small SSD as the primary drive. Both have the stock factory video cards (so the Mac has both integrated and discrete graphics, the Dell has whatever Dell put into this model).
We are looking to get a new system that would be dedicated to doing this type of work. We are getting by for now with these two systems (the Mac is my personal machine, the Dell is the institution's). The amount of editing we will be doing will also be increasing as time goes by.
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Hi, Susan.
You are right, PCs do not keep a resale value, that has been common knowledge for years.
Reason: You can do whatever you want with a PC, upgrade it when you choose.
With a MAC, at least in my experience with my son's MacBook Pro.
It is expensive to do upgrades on them, compared to a PC.
So not that many people mess with trying, except those that do not care about breaking the warranty.
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I've never had a single issue with either of my Macs. Not one...My PCs on the other hand...well, fortunately now I'm down to just one PC that I have to have to create some tutorials. I tutor College students in WEB and Graphic Design, and I teach online. I think the fact that Macs are proprietary is what makes them so dependable. I always recommend MACs to my students when they ask. So far I've never had one come back and say they wish they hadn't gone with a MAC.
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It all comes down to what you are used to using.
Myself, I did some lesson's on Mac when my son first got it.
I did not like the interface at all.
I prefer PC myself.
But, it is all on what you are most comfortable with.

You said you have never had an issue with yours?
My son had nothing but problems with his.
At first, we thought it was user error. (Him messing up)
But nope. Took it to the local Apple store, and they determined it was driver issues with the OS. So they had to reinstall that thing about 6 times over the course of 2 years. Once there, and then 3 times over the phone, and the last 2 times, I reinstalled it through watching online videos on the matter.
It is to the point, that my son hates it now, and we are getting ready to sell it.
The last time we took it in, they replace the Motherboard and the hard Drive.

I have been using PC's since 1999 when I got my first one.
Love it, will not use anything else.

I am working with LINUX now, the new OS seems to be right nice. It does remind me of a MAC. But I remind myself that it is a LINUX Mint 18.

And Susan, glad to see that you are teaching these kids how to design.
That is the main field to go into these days. As computers are our future.
If you do not know how to do something on the computer, chances are, you are not going to get a good paying job, anymore.

Take care.
Wayne
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Just to help keep us on topic, I believe raymond was originally asking what specs he should shoot for on either platform. Do you have what you need, @raymond.steinbart?
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Thank you to all who took the time to share their thoughts. Most of this was what we expected. I don't want to get into the Win vs Mac wars (personally, I use and am comfortable with either, a sort of technological agnostic, if it works, that is all I care about). The comments will be taken into consideration as we move forward in our project.

In Christ's Service,
Ray