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Whether the computer will work or not is dependent on what you intend to DO in AE, and you haven't revealed that.
One thing is certain, however: 4 gigs of memory will be woefully inadequate. Put as much RAM into that thing as you can. AE's a memory hog.
Do you plan on getting an external hard drive? You'll need one......
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I would say no on this one.
Please don't get a laptop. Get a desktop. You will get much more power for your money. Get the most powerful processor you can afford with 2-4 BG of RAM per core of the processor and you should be well on your way.
(If you're planning to use Premiere to edit videos or want to use the raytraced 3d rendering in After Effects, you will need a specific graphics card. Check the relevant tech spec pages to find out which ones work.)
Thanks for the replies so far. It's hard to know exactly what we'll DO since we don't have the software yet, and have only learned about its capabilities based on many tutorials seen mostly on youtube, but definitely yes to video creation and editing.
The use will be non-professional, hobby, amature, and quite frankly often used by my young son who enjoys creating nerf-war and zombie videos. He has become quite skilled using a dinosaur computer and Power Director, and it's time to upgrade and advance if there's any hope of him enhancing and developing his passion for this type of activity.
Not a must on a laptop...just considered that as an option.
Thanks for the links to laptop options. That has been helpful.
I'm looking at the "What PC to build" by Harm at this time....I hope that will also help in the selection process.
Keep the ideas coming if you so choose. I welcome the guidance.
After reading the "What PC to build" thread, can someone recommend a budget desktop to buy rather than build?
Unfortunately, you will have to spend a relatively astronomical amount (say, well over $3,000) for a pre-built PC just to even be suitable for video editing, especially for HD or higher resolution video material. This is because all cheap pre-built PCs have one or more severe shortcomings, such as the reliance solely on onboard or integrated graphics (which steal some system memory for itself, leaving less RAM available for Premiere Pro than if the onboard graphics were completely disabled), a woefully underpowered PSU, insufficient space for multiple hard disks (these systems typically could only accommodate one single disk, and no more than two or three total disks) and woefully inadequate air circulation inside the cramped case.
If you meant http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698 which is almost a year old now (time to update again!) then roughly calculate around 15% plus on a bought system over a DIY system, assuming the same components. But they are hard to find.
Ok...I get it. I'll look more into building. Sounds like it could be fun. If nothing else, I'm sure we'll learn a lot.
Again, thanks for all the great comments and advice.
What is your budget amount?
I recently built a computer for my wife, and did a "someday" list for myself... tell me how much you want to spend on hardware, and I will post a list
Let's say $1,000 for starters. If that's unrealistic, I could go higher, but interested in functionality at a budget price to the extent possible. Thanks for the help.
Well, this is just a "bit" over your $1k... for hardware only... there are, of course, many brands/models of individual components
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992 Use Win7 64bit Pro to use more than 16gig ram
You need AT LEAST 2 hard drives, I use 3
My 3 hard drives for video editing are configured as...
1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and ALL program installs
2 - 320Gig data for Win7 paging swap file and video project files
When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,
so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folders and files
3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input source & output export files (1)
(1) for faster input/output if you have 4 drives
- use drive 3 for all source files
- use drive 4 for all output files
If you are sure you will never overclock, you may save a few $$ with the i7 3770 (not the k model)
You may also save some $$ with a 750w power supply if you do not plan to add more drives
This is outstanding. I truly appreciate the time and effort you've put in to help. I'll start digging in and get familiar with everything. Thanks so much.
Another motherboard brand often used by video builders is ASUS... in fact, my current computer uses ASUS http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694
When I built a computer for my wife last month, I looked at ASUS and selected Intel because it had the same features for about $20 less
I built my previous Pentium4 computer, for CS3, with an Intel motherboard... so I knew that Intel is a good brand
When selecting a motherboard to match the type of CPU, you need to look at the features you want
Number and type of back side connections plus number and type of motherboard to case connections plus number and type of card slots
Once you have decided what connections you need, you may look at motherboards that meet your needs
I know NOTHING about other brands of motherboards... but I do know that many people here use ASUS... in part because many of those people overclock and at least SOME models of Intel motherboard do not allow overclocking
I do not overclock, so Intel motherboards fall withing MY specification range... and, I think that at least SOME new Intel motherboards allow overclocking
If you do not plan to overclock (which requires really good CPU cooling) you may only consider the number and type of connections you need