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James MalamatinasNew PC - How do I configure for rendering?
by on Jan 27, 2010 at 9:20:16 pm

Hi,

I am at this very moment building a new PC but would like advice on how best to set-it up for After Effects and Premiere Pro. I would like to get it right from the beginning!

I have:

- Core i7 920 CPU
- 6 GB DDR3 RAM (Triple Channel)
- 2 x 1 TB HDD 7200 RPM

Coming over from my old system I have

- 2 x 250GB, 7200 RPM HDD

I will be doing a new install with windows 7 64-bit.

I read on Adobe forums that RAID isn't worthwhile with this many drives, so what is best HDD configuration? Do I mess with Page File? Where do I put scratch discs and so forth?

I'm a complete beginner!


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Walter SoykaRe: New PC - How do I configure for rendering?
by on Jan 27, 2010 at 9:55:39 pm

I don't use Premiere Pro myself, but I can give you the After Effects perspective.

[James Malamatinas] "I have:

- Core i7 920 CPU
- 6 GB DDR3 RAM (Triple Channel)
- 2 x 1 TB HDD 7200 RPM"


6 GB is not enough RAM to take full advantage of After Effect's multiprocessing. You you want between 2 and 4 GB of RAM per core; with your quad-core and triple channel RAM, you should aim for 12 GB.

Three hard drives would suit you well; one for your OS and apps, one for your footage, and one for your renders.

[James Malamatinas] "I will be doing a new install with windows 7 64-bit. "

Outstanding. You need the 64-bit edition to get access to all that RAM.

Walter Soyka
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Scott RobertsRe: New PC - How do I configure for rendering?
by on Jan 29, 2010 at 12:58:27 am

If you're second drive has space, use it to save cache files and all that so you're not working off of one drive only and slowing things down.

http://www.myr3d.com


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