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Khang Tuan Nguyen
Is my student pc strong enough?
on Nov 5, 2017 at 12:48:58 am

What do I need the PC for?
I’m using After Effects, Premiere Pro and Photoshop very intensively since 2 years. I started alone while studying at an art university and by now I put like 10-20 effects on one layer affecting color/distortion/shapes/blur/compositing and my computer can’t afford enough performance to show anything fluently.

My current system is this one:
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 4x 3.20 GHz
RAM: 16 GB
GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 760 2GB
Hard Drive: 3TB Seagate 7200rpm

I want to buy a new one with a budget of 1800€. My total budget is 2000€ but I would like to buy some Plug-ins from RedGiant or VideoCopilot with the rest of 200€ and take some first steps into them although my mainly used programs will be AE, PP and PS.
The new system could be the following one:
CPU: Intel Core i7 7800x 6x3,5GHz (Boost 4GHz)
Mainboard: ASUS Prime X299-A
RAM: 2x16GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-2133 (maybe better up to 64GB?)
GPU: MSI Geforce GTX1060 GamingX 6G
HDD: 2 TB (Project files)
SSD 1: 256 GB (OS/Programs)
SSD 2: 256 GB (Cache)
+ some other stuff
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1600-1700€


Do you have any suggestions?
I do not know exactly if AE uses much of the GPU because I’ve read on the Adobe site that only 15 effects are supported with GPU rendering. Maybe I could swap it with a worse one and concentrate on more RAM? And what about the SSD? How to split for most efficient workflow?
Many people say you need three SSDs:
1. OS and Adobe programs, 2. Files, 3. Cache
A cheaper solution may be to install OS+Programs in SSD1, Cache on SSD 2 and Files+Stuff on a HDD?
Also I don't know if AMDs Ryzen wouldn't be the better option to choose. Some editors told me that Adobe is much more comfortable with Intel. What is your experience?


Best regards!


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Jarrick Harris
Re: Is my student pc strong enough?
on Nov 7, 2017 at 3:18:11 pm

well, as no one else answered, I may as well tell you that, apart from your graphics card (mine's a gtx 970), your current set up is better than mine and I'm doing fine with what I've got. So I expect that your new rig will be more than fine.

The only thing I would suggest, is that if you have any inclination to play games on your new system, I'd get a bigger SSD for your programs as 256 gig will be swallowed up if you load something like Doom 2016 onto it.


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