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Brian DavidsonPC Specs, what is most important for AE?
by on Nov 23, 2010 at 9:48:29 am

I'm starting to think about getting a new PC that would work well for editing 1080p HDV and AVCHD video (e.g. Sony Vegas Pro) and doing effects (e.g. After Effects).

Can you help me prioritize these features?
1) CPU speed (e.g. is 3.3 GHz i7-980X worth the price difference over a 2.8 GHz Phenom II X6-1035)
2) Number of cores (should I prioritize getting 6 over 4?)
3) Hyperthreading (e.g. is a i7 with 4 cores/8 threads better than a AMD 6 core)?
4) Amount of memory (8GB vs. 12GB vs. 16GB vs. 24GB)
5) Small SSD for the OS vs everything on a 7200 RPM SATA 1TB
6) GPU (nVidia 5450 vs. 5570 vs. 5750 vs. 5850, for example)
7) Other considerations (somebody said AE would work much better with a Quadro FX card?)


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Todd KoprivaRe: PC Specs, what is most important for AE?
by on Nov 23, 2010 at 6:01:29 pm

What matters: lots of RAM, fast CPUs, multiple CPUs, multiple fast hard disks.

What doesn't matter: GPU

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Dave LaRondeRe: PC Specs, what is most important for AE?
by on Nov 23, 2010 at 6:05:39 pm

[Brian Davidson] "Amount of memory (8GB vs. 12GB vs. 16GB vs. 24GB)"

Lots of memory is best for AE. I just got a dual quad-core i7 machine for use at home, with 24 GB. If I could have afforded more, I would have gotten more.




[Brian Davidson] "is 3.3 GHz i7-980X worth the price difference over a 2.8 GHz Phenom II X6-1035"

Yes.




[Brian Davidson] " is a i7 with 4 cores/8 threads better than a AMD 6 core"

Stay away from AMD processors. Don't use 'em. See my previous response above.




[Brian Davidson] "Small SSD for the OS vs everything on a 7200 RPM SATA 1TB"

On my new machine, I have a 500 GB drive for System and Application files, and a 1 TB drive for user files. That's how to do it: keep user files separated from the other stuff.




[Brian Davidson] "somebody said AE would work much better with a Quadro FX card"

That's erroneous: Adobe Premiere works much better with a Quadro. Premiere becomes scary-fast with it. You'd need to get a RAID to maintain the number of simultaneous video streams that Premiere can handle equipped with a Quadro.

So you might want to re-think that editing-with-Vegas thing and go with Premiere. Yes, Vegas is cheaper -- there's a reason it's cheaper, and it's NOT because of superior performance.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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