Minimum requirements are not the same for each program
MINIMUM System requirements for Cloud Programs... scroll down and check each program
If you plan to use Premiere Pro for video editing, you will need a LOT more computer
Thanks for reply - John T Smith
My exact use is Adobe Premiere Pro for editing - short films and corporate films and music videos
I have seen the page.
Can you please give me more specific details just in terms of CPU, RAM and graphics card. I dont think I can upgrade graphics card on my current imac so I might have to go for a new imac
so i want to be sure of required confugiration on new imac....
Quad Core preferably over 3Ghz, 16GB of ram, and a GPU with 1GB of vram or greater. Anything less and performance will degrade especially with AMD cards on OSX.
Thanks for you response ECBowen!
This is what I am planning to for as new replacement -
CPU , RAM and Graphics Card -
- 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 Processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz) with 6MB L3 Cache (I think this should be ok for next few years)
- 1 TB (7200-rpm) Hard Drive, 8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory; Four User-Accessible SO-DIMM Slots (You suggested 16 GB, I will check with Amazoc/Apple if they can increment it)
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M Graphics Processor with 1 GB of GDDR5 Memory (This is what I am worried about because imac doesn't allow replacement of graphics card if needed in future, is this good enough - 1GB pr should i go for another options which has 2 GB graphics card)
My main work is Editing - so premiere CC, photoshop and some times after effect
I had to DOUBLE-CHECK the year of this post....to make sure it wasn't 2009.....when I WAS trying to edit on a "core duo" machine !!! Well, stylsunny....it appears your knowledge of the CURRENT general requirements for a smooth experience on CC PPro is a little "behind the times" and needs a little "updating". If you are talking about a desktop system, the current recommendation is an i7 of OVER 3 Ghz with at least 4 cores AND hyperthreading...NOT i5 !! 32 GB system memory is also the current recommended amount, as PPro NOW uses even more memory for certain things. To get "GPU acceleration" for certain effects and operations like scaling,etc. you need an NVidia GPU....NO ATI.....of over 1 GB minimum to get CUDA acceleration. Most basic cards NOW have at LEAST 2 GB. Next, you should DEFINITELY have a quality SATA III SSD for your OS, programs and page file ONLY...( page file is Windows...sorry!). Then, all else can go on an onboard RAID 0 of 2 or 3 like SSDs.....the Crucial M550s are recommended here...Samsung is slightly better in the Pro series,but, WAY more expensive. ONLY the M550s and Samsung Pros have the correct controller for editing video.....other drives are not recommended. If you need LARGER storage capacity you can RAID 0 4 separate 1TB 7200 HDDs on the motherboard ,BUT, you would need to buy an "enterprise level" 4TB HDD to RELIGIOUSLY BACK UP THAT RAID !!!! The speed that you need in "serving up" your video files requires your media to either be on a fast RAID,or, a fast SSD. A single 7200 rpm drive can bottleneck your editing under certain conditions....using SSDs is WAY faster.
Windows machines will give you more "bang for the buck"....the Macs can be LIMITED in the choice of necessary components.....you MUST have at least 2 separate drives for PPro, as a starter.....only one in your system is below the requirements. Also, many Apple product users have written on the PPro forum about various incompatabilities between the Apple OS and PPro....make sure you look those up.
In general, you can find a Windows laptop that will edit fine. many for less than $1,000. These will have at least a Haswell 4700 HQ i7 CPU or better.....they will have a 2GB NVidia 765M GPU,or better. You MAY have to increase the memory yourself....mine came with 8GB....I added the max the machine would give and I wound up with 24 GB. I also got rid of the supplied 5400rpm HDD and put TWO SATA III SSDs into the laptop.....each one reading and writing at over 400MB/sec. I do not think you would have two HDD bays in a Mac laptop....I am not sure.
With a desktop....you have a million choices....the new Haswell E CPU and X99 boards are out,but, they are expensive. You can get good deals on the CPUs that recently WERE the best, and are now cheaper! The more you read up on all this,the better you will make out ! Visit the PPBM7 website to view the test results of various editing machines on the benchmark test for PPro. Also, visit the "tweakers page" to get good info on what is required for a good machine. Much depends on your exact workflow.....different codecs require different hardware in some cases......good luck !