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Walter SoykaRe: Advice & direction in purchasing a new computer for AE CS5/6
by on May 6, 2012 at 6:03:27 pm

I'd certainly start with the system requirements for After Effects [link] and Premiere Pro [link]. Pay special attention to the supported graphics cards for AE's new raytracing renderer and Premiere Pro's GPU acceleration.

Based on the current tech specs, I wouldn't recommend an iMac for AE or Pr as my first choice. They would both run on the iMac, but without the benefit of GPU acceleration.

You might look at a MacBook Pro (Premiere Pro can at least use the AMD Radeon HD 6750M or 6770M for most GPU-accelerated processing), or a Mac Pro with an upgraded video card.

Have you considered using a PC instead of a Mac? You might be able to find some more appealing options in your price range.

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