So this time, I'm trying to do the opposite of what I usually do. Instead
of buying software to fit the computer I'm planning to buy the computer to fit the software.
Looking for recommendations for something that will run Premiere Elements 9 really well.
The computer will definitely be Windows 7 64 bit. I'm considering a Dell workstation with a Xeon processor and the Nvidia quadro 600 video card, and 4 GB ram. Am wondering whether that would be a better choice than a desktop with an i7 processor. Also wondering if anyone has had problems with that video card, or for any reason recommends a different one at a similar price. Of course, I'd be happy for advice on any other aspect of the computer.
Since you are specifically asking about PE and not about PR, I can't really comment, but had you asked about PR, I would say:
1. Lose the Xeon, get an i7 instead.
2. Lose the Quadro 600 and get a GTX 560+
3. Increase memory from 4 to 24 GB
4. Lose Dell as your supplier and either build yourself or get an ADK machine.
Look here what makes a good machine for PR CS5+: PPBM5 Benchmark
Premiere Elements currently (nobody knows about version 10) does not use nVidia CUDA technology for video work, so a less expensive ATI card with at least 512Meg of video memory will work fine
4Gig of ram with Win7 64bit does not leave much for PreEl... which is 32bit so it will use a max of 3Gig by itself... depending on motherboard type, up that ram to either 6Gig or 8Gig so Win7 leaves enough ram for PreEl to run
i7-990 vs i7-2600 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854514?tstart=0
You could also consider an i7-2600k CPU (and the appropriate motherboard) with 16Gig of Ram
Building an i7-2600k computer
Google search site:forums.adobe.com 2600k
... and many more
Thanks. I see you've spent a lot of time exploring computer set-ups. I'm in no position to build my own, but I like the idea of using ADK. Seems like they'd know a lot more than Dell about video requirements.
"seems" is an understatement.
ADK is a terrific ressource here in the forums, and they are very knowledgeable in the video field. Building video editing rigs is their specialty, so they know what works, and what doesn't.
Sorry, but Premiere Elements still does not support GPU acceleration at all - all playback and rendering is still software-only (or CPU-only). Thus, the choice of a GPU does not matter. The Premiere Elements 10 editor can run in 64-bit mode - but the rest of the program is strictly 32-bit.