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Rémi Bayard
Hardware upgrade : what's the priority ?
on Oct 9, 2017 at 7:25:56 pm

Hello everybody !

First of all sorry for the mistakes, my english is a little rusty...

So ! I have a low/mid-range laptop. To work with After effects. And no, i'm not afraid 😋 This said, i have some "big" projects, with 3D layers, and I think my computer will be a little hmmm borderline.

I have this thing : https://www.msi.com/Laptop/CX61-2QF/Specification

A MSI laptop with a 940M, a i5-4210m, a pitiful HDD (5200 rpm) and 6GB of RAM (oh, and Windows 10).

Sooooo, my question is :

In the event that I could modify some of the components of this laptop, what's the priority ? I thought to replace the HDD by a SSD.... But perhaps the most important is to add a new processor ? (i thought about a i7 with height cores) Or add 2 GB of RAM ?

Or must I forgot this idea and try to buy a low/mid-range desktop computer ?

Thanks by advance for your precious advices !


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Hardware upgrade : what's the priority ?
on Oct 10, 2017 at 3:21:45 am

Add as much RAM as you can put in the laptop. 16 GB would be good.
An i7 is also good because AE uses the CPU when rendering.
And an SSD will make a big difference when previewing.

OR just get a good desktop machine and use the laptop for other things.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Rémi Bayard
Re: Hardware upgrade : what's the priority ?
on Oct 10, 2017 at 11:53:55 am

Thanks for your reply !

So, you tell me that's the RAM which is the most important thing while working in After Effects ?

If I consider the rendering time is not important (I can let my computer running the whole night for exemple), the first thing I need is more RAM ? Some times, with several 3D layers and some effects, there is some "slow down" when I work in AE : it will be solve with more RAM ?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Hardware upgrade : what's the priority ?
on Oct 10, 2017 at 5:47:25 pm

[Rémi Bayard] "Some times, with several 3D layers and some effects, there is some "slow down" when I work in AE : it will be solve with more RAM ?"

Yes. That is correct. The first priority in your case is more RAM.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Rémi Bayard
Re: Hardware upgrade : what's the priority ?
on Oct 10, 2017 at 7:00:28 pm

And this way I will have a lot less money to spend, in a first time, thank you ! ;)


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