Windows XP SP1 or Windows 2000 with SP3 (Mac systems aren't supported by Liquid Edition 6)
1.8 GHz CPU
512 MB of memory
A large second hard drive, either SCSII or EIDE/SATA (EIDE/SATA drives must have a minimum spin speed of 7,200 rpm (revs per minute).
A graphics card with at least 64 MB of on-board memory
A sound card that is DirectX 9 compatible
An IEEE1394 PCI card (also known as a FireWire card)
A CD-ROM (to install the program)
Windows XP is seen as the OS of choice for Liquid Edition 6. Windows 2000 users should bear this in mind.
A Second Hard Drive
A second dedicated video hard drive is essential if you want a reliable NLE computer system. This rule applies to any video editing software, not just Liquid Edition. Video editing on one hard drive (i.e., the one that Windows XP lives on) is not just a viable option because slow disc performance is one of the major bottlenecks in a PC. The secondary drive should be one that is as big as you can afford and has a spin speed of 7,200 rpm. Drives that spin at 5,400 rpm don't offer the performance you need for video editing.
The second drive should also "always" be formatted using NTFS. The alternativeFAT32can only store 4 GB (approximately 18 minutes) of video, whereas NTFS can store up to 12 TB (more than you'll ever need). Serious editors will only use NTFS.
For details on hard drive use, see the Appendix, where you'll find a range of tips for improving the performance of your computer.