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Laronda Hollimon
Custom pc for running CS5
on Jan 6, 2011 at 6:23:16 am

I'm planning on purchasing adobe CS5 creative suite 5 production
premium student and teacher edition to learn how to use after effects, premiere pro and photoshop. Right now I have a custom pc which runs:
Windows XP
core 2 duo 3.0 GHZ,
EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit DDR2

I am planning on either updating my original custom PC or building a new custom PC to work with CS5. If I decide to update my original custom PC it will have:
window 7 64 bit
core 2 duo 3.0 GHZ
MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

If I decide to build a new custom PC running i5 processor it will have:
windows 7 64 bit
i5-Intel Core i5-650 Clarkdale 3.2GHz
MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

Is there a big difference between the Core 2 duo 3.0GHz and the i5-650 3.2GHz?
Thank you

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Custom pc for running CS5
on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:24:53 pm

A few things come immediately to mind:
  • Get more processors -- in AE and Premiere-Land, 4 cores ain't nothin'.
  • Your proposed system is woefully short on memory. I got an HP Z800 dual quad-core workstation primarily for AE work, and it has 24GB. If I could have afforded more, I would have gotten more.
  • You need to look at getting a hotter Nvidia graphics card... not for AE, but for Premiere. Look at the approved cards for Premiere that work with the Mercury Playback Engine.
  • You REALLY need to look over the system requirements for Premiere and AE CS5... and bear in mind that these are MINIMUM requirements.
  • You want to edit in Premiere... so where's your external esata RAID? You'll want that really big bit rate.
  • You aren't REALLY going with just one 500GB drive, are you? That's okay for the OS and your applications, but user files need to be on a separate drive. Think 1 TB.

Those are some good places to start looking. Yes, computers and software are more capable than ever, so why do you need all this additional hardware I mention? The people who work in multimedia -- including camera makers, software developers and users -- keep pushing the envelope of hardware & software's capabilities, so the ideal of a video production suite on a laptop is STILL unattainable.

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

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Laronda Hollimon
Re: Custom pc for running CS5
on Jan 15, 2011 at 6:26:04 pm

This is my purpose system:
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)-$134.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"-Bare Drive(os, programs)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"-Bare Drive x 2(media, exports, etc.)

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

I can always add high capacity hard drives,Raid and more RAM in the future. I am doing as a hobby and I'm a beginner using adobe products and I don't want to "Put all my eggs in one basket".

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Laronda Hollimon
Re: Custom pc for running CS5
on Jan 15, 2011 at 7:46:52 pm

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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