5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 25, 2012 8:18 AM by John T Smith

    Upgrade tips




      I'm running premiere cs5 and AE cs5 on a 64bit machine. I want to upgrade a bit but i'm a bit doubtfull what to do.


      My machine:


      • intel i7 950 overclocked to 4.0ghz (running stable)
      • 12gb corsair xms3 1600mhz dd3
      • amd hd5850 overclocked edition
      • asus p6t deluxe v2 motherboard


      • 1x crucial m4 128gb SSD (win7, adobe suite)
      • 1x WD caviar black 1TB 7200rpm
      • 1x WD caviar green 2TB


      I have a couple of options for upgrades


      • buy another WD black for a raid-0 setup
      • sell my hd5850 and buy a geforce 550/570
      • buy another SSD for project data (for the projects I'm working on)
      • more ram



      Of course I want to do this as cheap as possible, but which upgrade would you do? Which upgrade would improve my workflow?




        • 1. Re: Upgrade tips
          JEShort01 Level 4


          - another WD black for a RAID 0 setup - this would be a nice upgrade and not too expensive; this would help your workflow most with HD codecs

          - upgrade to geforce 570 - more expensive, but a huge upgrade for CS5; many timelines will need much less, or even zero rendering

          - another SSD - don't bother

          - more RAM - would speed up exports to DVD by a noticable amount, but would not effect much else in your CS5 workflow





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          • 2. Re: Upgrade tips
            Jim_Simon Level 9

            I think the new GPU will give you the most advantage.


            If you get another hard drive, don't put it in a RAID, just use it as a stand alone drive like this:


            SSD - System

            1TB - Projects/Scratch

            2TB - Media

            1TB - Exports (new drive)

            • 3. Re: Upgrade tips
              John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              >1x WD caviar green 2TB


              My understanding is that green drives are "low" rpm (5400 instead of 7200) drives, and are not suitable for video editing


              I use 3 7200 rpm drives, with AVCHD MTS files, and my non-professional (not a lot of effects) editing goes very well


              My 3 hard drives for video editing are configured as...


              1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and ALL program installs (2)


              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 & output 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


              (2) only 60Gig used, for Win7 & CS5 MC & MS Office & other smaller programs


              Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows paging swap file



              I do not use RAID... AVCHD is CPU intensive, not drive intensive like uncompressed, so I have no problems editing without RAID (but, this is for "simple" home videos)

              • 4. Re: Upgrade tips
                ybjlus Level 1

                the setup for my hdd's are now:


                1    128gb ssd- windows,adobe suite


                2     1tb 7200rpm-source files,project files


                3     2tb 5200rpm- output files


                So according to John this should be:

                1     windows, adobe suite

                2     project files, windows paging swap

                3     source files.output files


                and perhaps a 4th hdd to separate de source and output files


                But what does the windows paging swap do??



                And the upgrade to a Geforce 570 would be the best upgrade in the list as I undestand but also the most expensive one. But if I do a quick calculation:


                Geforce 570 superclocked: 270euro

                my hd5850 2nd hand price: 100euro


                                                             170 euro witch i have to pay extra


                a new caviar black 1tb: 100euro


                So that would me 70 euros more fore the videocard upgrade, and my quistion is: is the video card upgrade so much better than the hdd upgrade?



                • 5. Re: Upgrade tips
                  John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  >what does the windows paging swap do??


                  Go to the Microsoft link I posted and search for articles... such as http://search.microsoft.com/en-US/results.aspx?q=paging+file


                  Your 5200rpm drive is too slow for effective video editing... replace it with a 7200rpm drive, and use the slow drive only for file backups