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Thomas Howell
Building a Computer for AE
on Nov 20, 2013 at 5:14:02 am

I'm about to graduate from my University and I'm going to lose access to all of the awesome tools and equipment I've grown accustom to. I've had a buddy spec the following out for a new computer. I wish to run After Effects and Premiere on the machine. I just need some input to make sure that this computer build would work for what I need. Maybe there is something I'm overlooking or haven't thought of.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop SSHD

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12NS30 - OEM

SAPPHIRE Ultimate Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (100326UL)

Good idea or bad idea?

Thanks everyone!!

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Walter Soyka
Re: Building a Computer for AE
on Nov 21, 2013 at 3:41:06 pm

This system looks like it's got a pretty attractive price, but it's not built for performance. You may have to make some tradeoffs to work within your budget.

AMD processors are (generally) all about value: bang for the buck. Intel processors are (generally) more about performance: more bang, but also more bucks.

Ae and Premiere both love RAM. 8 GB of RAM is within the minimum specs, but I'd personally start at 16 GB.

I'd consider a different GPU -- one supported by both Ae and Premiere, like a GTX 470, 570, 580, 680, 690, 770, or 780.

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