I know that, earlier, I was trying to come up with one of the best builds. Ignore that, I was only curious. I don't have nearly that kind of money. This is what I have and what I'm trying to accomplish; is it possible, and what does it take?
I possess the following Laptop:
Samsung Series 7 Chronos: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP700Z5C-S02UB-specs
CPU Intel® Core™ i7-3635QM Processor
Speed (GHz) 2.40 GHz
CPU Cache 6MB
System Memory 8GB
Memory Type DDR3 (1600 MHz)
Max. System Memory 8GB (On Board 4G + 4GB)
Storage Capacity 1TB with ExpressCache™ Technology, 8GB
Storage Technology 5400RPM
Storage Interface SATA2
Chipset NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640M Graphics
Integrated (Optimus™ technology)
Maximum Graphics Memory : 1GB
VGA Mini VGA (Mini VGA to VGA dongle sold separately)
Headphone Out Yes
Microphone In Yes
USB Ports (Total) 1 x USB 2.0 + 2 x USB 3.0
Multi Card Slot 3- in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
RJ45 (LAN) Yes
My goal is to be able to utilize Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 and Adobe Speedgrade CC 2014 effectively. I know that my hard drive does not meet the minimum requirements, as it is only 5400 RPM. Similarly, I've only been able to try and use Premiere Pro with one Hard Drive, where at least 3 are recommended. Whenever I try to render something, even just preview files, in Premiere Pro, not only does it take a ridiculous amount of time, but it doesn't play back smoothly, it drops frames. I'm assuming this to be due to the combination of the fact that my hard drive is less than 7200 RPM and the fact that I'm only using 1 hard drive. The only thing that makes Premiere Pro CC 2014 unusable for me is the fact that renders take so long and the fact that it can't do realtime playback.
I think that the only reason I can't use Premiere Pro CC 2014 effectively is due simply to my hard drive restrictions. I think that my RAM and Graphics card are good enough (I'm using AVCHD [1080x1920]). I'm sure that the CPU also has a massive contributing factor in the ability to render quickly, but I think that what I have is good enough.
SO HOW CAN I FIX IT?
I'm really looking at the Samsung 850 Pros. I know that they're expensive, but they'd be effective and a lot cheaper than building a whole new system when I think it's possible to be able to use them with what I already have. However, I don't know if it really is possible to use them and if they'd be effective. Here're my questions:
- Would, given the other hardware mentioned, using 3 Samsung 850 Pros (don't worry about the Gigabytes on each, that's something else I'll figure out later) actually fix the problem?
- Is it possible to install a Samsung 850 Pro directly into the laptop, taking the HDD already in there out, and then using two other external ones by some SATA to USB 3.0 converter?
- Would, by using a lower USB 3.0 connection, the speeds be significantly hindered from it's original SATA connection?
- If there's another way, can I hook up more than 1 of these Samsung 850 Pros by SATA to this laptop?
- If none of this is possible, what do you recommend? I can't really afford too many of the other parts, but I want to be able to utilize what I have. On this system, what should I use/do to be able to use Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 without it lagging/dropping frames/reading and writing from the same disk?