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Help on optimising and upgrading my PC for CS 5.5

Apr 7, 2012 8:59 AM

Tags: #cs5.5 #cs #creative #5.5 #upgrade

Hi all, really need some help here.

I'm about to purchase CS 5.5 Master Suite and would like to increase the performance of my PC a little at the same time.

I dont need my PC totally optimised for Premiere as I will only use it to edit short YouTube video's and not that often (only make a few vid's a month).

The software I use all the time is: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Bridge, Illustrator and the Flash programs.

My current PC has this spec:

Asus P6T SE mobo
i7 920 2.67 CPU
2 x Radeon HD 4890 Graphics cards (use 3 monitors)
12 GB Ram
2 x WD Black 500GB (not in Raid)
Mackie Firewire Audio Card
Windows 7 Pro 64

What I would like to do is increase the performance of my PC without spending a fortune (woudn't we all).
My thoughts are add an SDD boot drive and put the 2 hard drives I have in Raid 0, then increase my ram from 12GB to 24GB (I would buy all the ram new so matched 1600).

What I would like is your views on these upgrades.
Do you think these would be good upgrades?
Would you do anything different? etc.

I have spent the past few days searching this forum and the net and the only thing I have achieved is a headache.
Thanks in advance.

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    Feb 21, 2013 9:56 AM   in reply to SecretSqirel

    Depending upon what you want to do (are you planning on getting into high end video) it should be real nice. Make sure the SSD for boot has enough room for programs and O/S. I would suggest nothing less than 256 gigs.


    You might want to pop over to the Premiere Pro and After Effects  forums for more advice on the video card.


    BTW, if you by CS5.5 now, you'll a free upgrade to CS6 when it ships.



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    Apr 7, 2012 11:19 AM   in reply to SecretSqirel

    The cost difference isn't that great. What happens when you start adding other programs?


    You asked for advice...I gave it to you...and I'm sticking with it.



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    Apr 8, 2012 7:36 AM   in reply to SecretSqirel

    I am a fan of all things Crucial.



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    Apr 8, 2012 2:58 PM   in reply to SecretSqirel

    With a SSD and 24 gigs of RAM, I wouldn’t be all that worried about it.





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