I'm in the process of evaluating Premiere CS 5.5, and I'm wondering how I should upgrade my system to make Premiere work more smoothly. I've installed it on a desktop PC with Windows 7 x64, of notable hardware I can think of the following:
I'm not planning to build myself a Premiere speed demon, I'd just like advice on which components to upgrade in order to edit 720p video fairly smoothly in Premiere (with some FX thrown in the mix). Currently I'm noticing that Premiere is too slow for comfort at playing back/stepping through 720p source clips (m2ts/H.264 format). Would it help to double the amount of RAM, or would a CUDA-enabled card make a difference here? Is the CPU up to the task?
Harm's advice is good. More information is here:
SSD's will certainly speed up the loading of programs, if used as a boot disk, but do nothing for video editing apart from effectively emptying your wallet. See Adobe Forums: The SSD myth unraveled
No, I would keep them as separate disks, since balancing the load between separate disks is more important than the speed gain and doubled risk of losing all your data.
A (r)aid0 is about two times faster than a single disk, but also doubles the risk of losing all data when a single disk fails. You are probably better off with using one disk to read and the other to write, because the risks of losing data are less and the performance difference will be negligible.