Before you look for the best computer for home video editing there are a few things that will ensure the best choice. When shopping for the best computer for video editing follow these guides for success.1. Most computer software and hardware vendors will list the minimum system specifications that are required to run either the editing system or in the case of the computer, the operating system.Minimum is the operative word! If you get a computer with Vista as the operating system and two gigs of RAM, don’t be surprised if, by the time you load your programs, you only have ½ a gig left with which to edit. Always double, or if you can afford it, triple the RAM that the program says it needs. RAM is all important when it comes to video editing.2. If you are going to be editing long videos over an hour in length, or if you want to add 3D effects, filters and have multiple layers of video, you probably will be best served by a workstation class machine. When you call and research components and prices tell the representative what you intend to edit and get their advice on what you need.3. I would recommend a Dell or HP on the PC side and the Mac Pro on the Mac side. If you go with a workstation you will be rewarded with the best components and a really stable platform, but the old adage applies, you get what you pay for. Workstations cost more, but they are worth it. If you are not going to super involved editing, you don’t have to go this fare, but be sure to load up on RAM.4. Always get more hard drive than you think you need. Video eats up hard drive space, so load up initially and you will be happier in the long run, especially if you are editing long projects.5. Be sure to get a computer with adequate cooling even if you have to upgrade the basic package. All that video computing generates heat, so be sure to compensate for it.6. The video graphics card is an integral part of the system. Spend the extra money and get the best. It is money well spent that will improve your editing by allowing your computer to do more work for you.One final thought to consider as you build the best computer for video editing is processing speed. Dual core or more is the minimum. Speed is everything! Non linear editing systems require as much speed as possible. Faster machines mean no dropped frames, smooth playback and shorter rendering times. If you follow these tips you will be well on your way to building the best computer for video editing that you can afford.