What version of AE?
Looking at your specs, the RAM is weird. 7? Multiples of 8 work better.
If you're using the ray-traced renderer, the GPU matters.
If you're using a third-party plugin (such as Element 3d), the GPU matters, but AE's list of cards doesn't matter.
Otherwise, the GPU doesn't matter for AE (still matters for Premiere though).
Speaking of ray traced rendering, I'd suggest a more powerful 3d option (if you're using the CC or CC 2014 version of AE): details of CINEMA 4D integration with After Effects
Info on AE's use of the GPU here: GPU (CUDA, OpenGL) features in After Effects
Info on optimizing your machine here: optimizing for performance: Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
A discussion on how AE and Premiere use system resources here: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=set_registered&id=2490687&loc=en_us
You AE performance is limited by your CPU and Ram. Video card is not going to help. You really want atleast 16GB of ram for AE and a Core 2 CPU is going to really show performance problems with AE. Even a current Dual Core Haswell chip would far out perform that Core 2 chip. There is not much to upgrade there to make it much better.
Thank you for replying :-)
Yeh, I forgot to mention the AE version I’m using, sorry. It’s CS6 package.
I haven’t had a chance to try Premiere with the new card yet.
The RAM is weird indeed :-) The reason for it is the fact my machine was originally purchased from Packard in 2008 I believe. It came with 3 GB of RAM. Since then, my “monster” underwent several modifications. I’ve changed the motherboard and added 4GB of RAM. Now, I’ve installed the 750 Ti.
I’ve been thinking to buy a new CPU, yes. But I’d have to check whether my current motherboard can take say i5 or at least i3...
If it can’t then I’m looking at upgrading that, as well. The RAM is probably the least of my worries.
What do you suggest then? Going for the motherboard and CPU upgrade? Or can you think of a CPU that’d be compatible with my current motherboard...for the time being at least?
The problem I might also be facing is the size of my tower. It is a Phantom one (can’t tell you the exact model, though - one of the older ones anyway). It is quite spacious but I’m not sure whether some of the bigger motherboards can be comfortably fitted. When I inserted the 750 Ti, it almost stretched all the way to the HDD slots so...you see my predicament...
Unfortunately any of the current i3 to i7 chips require a different chipset ie different board from the core 2 board. That means replacing the CPU, Ram, and systemboard at the very least. At some point is better money spent to just get a new system since hardware has a shelf life.