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Lukasz Lindell
Upgrade or buy new computer for AE CS5
on Nov 18, 2010 at 1:23:24 pm

Heya, I need som advice here.

I'm looking to get som better hardware for my work, primarily in AE, Premiere and PS (CS5), but don't know if I should get a new rig or upgrade my old one. My budget is around $2500 - $3000.

What I currently have is a Dell Precision 490 with 12GB of RAM, one Xeon 5130 processor and a Quadro FX 570. I'm thinking of getting one more processor, a better graphics card and some more RAM and use my budget on that. However, I'm not sure if I would get better or worse performance if I buy a completely new system for the same amount of money.

All advice would be appreciated!

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Michael Szalapski
Re: Upgrade or buy new computer for AE CS5
on Nov 18, 2010 at 5:48:36 pm

If you're just using AE, the graphics card doesn't matter. Well, very little.
Processor speed and RAM are your two biggest concerns. If I were you, I'd get as much of both as possible. Search the forums for recommendations. This sort of question tends to get asked a lot.

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