I'm fully prepared for disdain or being ignored.
It's time to put together a new machine which will be used for -occasional- Premiere 5.5 or AE work.
As background, I do professional music production, so I have several machines that are the audio equivalent of very 'high end', which apparently is still 'totally wimpy' by video standards.
This machine I will use -mostly- I work in DreamWeaver to do web editing.
To give you an idea of how low the bar is, the machine this will replace is an Intel Q8400, with 16GB ram, 3 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3 drives and an old PCIe Radeon card with 128mb RAM running (gasp!) Windows XP.
The -main- reason I want to upgrade is to get off Windows XP -and- speed up the time it takes to render Premiere videos to the Youtube HD preset. Currently, it -works- but it will take 20 minutes for a typical video I do. I -rarely- use AE because, it is simply too processor intensive.
I have an i5 laptop with 8GB RAM and as an experiment I loaded CS5.5 on it and rendered the same videos and they took 4 minutes. If I could get down to 4 minutes with a new machine, I would be thrilled. That's how ghetto I am. IOW: I don't need 'Harms Monster'. Just looking for bang for buck. I will -never- do video editing beyond Youtube 720.
In fact? If XP wasn't retired... and Premiere rendering wasn't so dead slow? I'd happily keep using the current machine. I simply don't need a faster machine 90% of the time for web work.
Anyhoo... one very important consideration: I'm on a (very) fixed income so this has to be CHEAP... even if it generates eyerolling from pro editors. I have parts from other audio machines I want to re-purpose for this build if possible. I was -hoping- to simply purchase a Haswell i5 4670k or i7, a MOBO and some RAM and use the integrated graphics and be done with it for something like $600 (I have all the other parts.) But obviously that's too easy.
I think what I really need is to understand what components contribute to various aspects of Premiere performance... and this is what I find confusing. I read this with great interest:
I also took a look at the 'PPBM5' comparisons for insights.
1. Is it preposterous to consider using integrated graphics for the kinds of simple AE and Premiere Projects I do? My understanding is that video cards do not improve rendering -speed-.
2. However, does a bigger card (or two cards) contribute to the -quality- of the rendered file? I don't mean on the screens, I mean the pixels in the rendered output.
3. From the above post, I wasn't clear as to what the extra cores contribute. Is the primary benefit of the extra 2 cores in the of the i7-3930k that you get faster -rendering-? Or do the 2 cores primarily help with more complex projects (like in AE).
4. I have a 128GB SSD which I was planning to use for the OS and EXEs and then 2 HDs... one for content, the other for caching. Or is there a better strategy for Premiere, given those 3 drives. IOW: some audio system builders prefer to use the SSD for content and the HDs for the OS.
Thanks very much in advance.