i want first to say "hello" and thanks up front for reading the disscusion.
I am currently using a lot of AE and with some biger projects i am getting really big render times which start to consume to much of my time.
My Current PC configuration is
Inter Core i3 Cpu 540 @ 3.07GHZ
8gb Ram ddr3
Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX
and a normal 500gb Hdd.
I am planning to upgrade step by step, for now i was thinking of getting the i7-4770 processor with the GIGABYTE MB GA-B85-HD3 motherboard. My question is, does the upgraded will provide me the boost in render times wich i desire (For example, currently i was rendering a video which i improved with a few text layers (the lenght of the video is 1h) around 5-6 hours)
Or should i get me a ssd disk or a stronger graphic card which is a bit cheaper. (Currently a bit tight on the budget, so thats why a step by step upgrade).
Focus on RAM and CPUs, then on a faster disk (like an SSD). Only after you've dealt with those things should you think about the GPU.
See this page for information about hardware for After Effects: http://adobe.ly/pRYOuk