5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 24, 2012 10:51 AM by Jonas Hummelstrand

    Hardware configuration for dedicated PC.

    khayyamkhan Level 1

      I'm building a new PC specifically for After Effects cs6, can someone guide me on my hardware configuration? I considered posting to computer forums but they wouldn't be able to comment specifically on my needs in Ae so I'm here. As most people im going for high end build without breaking the bank. What I've configured so far is the following:


      Asus z77 LGA1155 intel

      Intel quad core i7-3770K ivy bridge 3.5ghz

      16gb gkill sniper ram

      EVGA GeForce gtx 680 2gb

      Samsung 830 MZ-7pc256b 256gb internal solid state hard drive.


      I'm not very knowledgable when it comes to specifics about hardware but I've tried my best to learn about the related hardware. So any suggestions in regard to performance within Ae CS6 (cuda, multi processing) AS WELL AS better hardware options such as i7-3770k vs i7-3820. Thanks for your time guys (and gals).

        • 1. Re: Hardware configuration for dedicated PC.
          Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2

          Get more RAM. I have a 6-core i7 and frequently my 24 GB is not enough.


          Also, get a second SSD to use for AE's Disk Cache and large footage.

          • 2. Re: Hardware configuration for dedicated PC.
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            Well, such questions are kinda pointless without having a clue about your work. It's the same like the many questions relating to multiprocessing settings and all that. Contrary to Jonas statement, for your work neither more RAM nor an extra SSD may bear any influence - if you never use certain features, AE will happily chug along with much less resources. E.g. goingv trigger happy on the disk cache with an extra SSD only makes sense, if you're chewing tons of footage or use extensively nested projects, where actually resorting to the cached buffers might be faster than calculating things on the fly. That aside, I don't see the problem. You can always upgrade later and your current configuration will probably work just fine. RAM is dirt cheap and in a few months, a 512GB SSD might be possible to have for the price of a 256GB one now...



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            • 3. Re: Hardware configuration for dedicated PC.
              Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2

              Want to use AE's "Render Multiple Frames" or have Photoshop open while you work in AE? Or a web browser with 250 tabs?


              I'd recommend buying more RAM than you think you need, and to buy it all at once as a group (the manufacturers test the stick to make sure they work together.)


              For SSD, the persistent Disk Cache is my top feature in CS6. Mylenium has been vocal about problems he is having, but I love it for everything I do. Yes, there are special cases (if you never have to Undo anything, or if you are just animating single Shape Layers, or very simple comps with just a few photos) but for 99% of AE uses I think the Disk Cache and your footage on a separate SSD will make you work faster.

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              • 4. Re: Hardware configuration for dedicated PC.
                khayyamkhan Level 1

                First off, thanks to both of you guys for such a quick response with such helpful information. The type of work I plan on doing is mostly compositing (keying, rotoscoping, camera tracking). 3d object placement in conjunction with camera tracking will be one of the biggest parts of my work from now. Color and noise reduction will also be a huge part. And yes Jones, I meant render multiple frames as to speed up ram preview dramatically. Also I'll be working with footage primarily from the canon 5d mark ii. It outputs h.264 1080p at ~25mbps. Does that fall under what you were calling large footage? I would also like to be able to render at 16bpc for a high quality .mov (90-100% quality).


                Being that my current computer is a dual core i3 I think anything will be dramatically faster for me at the moment. So unless you guys strongly suggest adjusting my configuration, I will be going for what I have so far. If anything I've just said about my work doesn't seem specific enough to determine my hardware needs, please enlighten me so I can respond with something more helpful. Thanks again guys!

                • 5. Re: Hardware configuration for dedicated PC.
                  Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2

                  I still think you should get at least 24 GB of RAM. I'm getting at least 32

                  GB next time I upgrade my 6-core i7.