Hi, I had been having a real nightmare and just upgraded my Nvida drivers (and windows 7 installed service pack 1) and now everything (touch wood) seems to be working great. I did a Picture in picture (played 2 streams at once) for both DSLR and AVCHD footage and it played full without dropping frames (OK it does sometimes, i.e. every few minutes but it is at full). I added an auto levels to both clips and it played 1/2 rez without dropping frames!
I thought the i5 3550 was a fairly poky CPU (its 3rd gen and in benchmarks outperforms some i7) but people kept on telling me i5 were not good for PP/DSLR (seems the new ones may be OK). People also said the 550 Ti was not really up to it and I needed 32GB memory. I know pride comes before a fall and all that but thought it would be good to post good news for a change;).
I am not disagreeing with the general combined wisdom on this forum for the type of setup you should have if you are making a living out of using PP but it is nice that it seems possible to build a workable 'student' system.
In the Adobe Forums: What PC to build? An update... I suggested a second generation i5-2500K for the budget model (the third generation was not out at that moment) so this is no surprise. Being a student, a budget model seems like a good solution and I'm glad it works so well for you.
Yes, I used this info an it was verry usefull. When you do the CS6 version the i5 3550 sounds like a good candidate for the basic and its cheaper than the 2500K (alough I supose not so good for overclocking). Someone said you can 'Turbo' it to 3.7 but not sure what this means.
the i5 3550 sounds like a good candidate for the basic
If you change that to the i5-3570K I would agree for the basic version. The 'K' is important here, because it means an unlocked CPU, which is much better at overclocking, but be aware that Intel skimped on the thermal paste with the Ivy Bridge series. On another place I said:
Warning: If you are considering a much better affordable system, based on the Ivy Bridge processor, be warned that the cooling paste Intel uses on the Ivy Bridge is no good, especially when overclocking. At stock speed the i7-3770K runs 11 degrees hotter than with Liquid Ultra cooling paste and at 4.6GHz even 20 degrees centigrade. However if you change the cooling paste, you also void the warranty.
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