See this page for information about memory and improving performance in After Effects: http://adobe.ly/dC0MdR
See this page for resources about making Premiere Pro and After Effects work faster: http://adobe.ly/eV2zE7
See this page for information about hardware for Premiere Pro and After Effects: http://adobe.ly/pRYOuk
You have a glass, that is half empty.
WIth diligent 'tuning', you may be able to get a glass, that is half full. See Tweakers Page - Tuning Guide
You will still be hampered by that lousy AMD processor and the limited memory.
So what processor would you reccomend ccmerchant?
I'm doubling my memory shortly.
Great, I was planning to invest in a significantly more powerful machine in the future, I just got what was within my budget right now.
I'll check this out, thank you.
that tweakers page should help guide you, but it lists outdated hardware, so be aware of that before buying anything listed on that page. there are plenty of threads here discussing the new hardware, and you can also specify your budget and/or planned build for folks here to review.
your cpu doesn't justify adding more memory. just save that money for new ddr4 memory in a new build.
...start researching the various newer builds that you can put together based on intel i7 CPUs considering your budget for a new system.....your existing rig is almost useless for standard,or, serious work with Premiere pro ,or, After Effects.
Today, the new "Skylake " i7 desktop CPU was announced by intel. The 6700K CPU may be a great "bang for the buck" system because its price will be low and its clock speed is HIGH. Even though it has only 4 cores and 8 "threads", its high clock speed of 4 to 4.4 Ghz "turbo" allowed it to best a 6 core intel 3960X CPU in encoding video.
If budget is no problem, you want an 8 core Haswell E system, with the X99 MOBO and quad channel DDR4 memory.
For starters, you need at least 32 GB of system memory and an NVidia 970 video card GPU at a minimum.....the 980ti will be great.
A FAST storage system is a MUST !! Consider a Samsung SM951 PCI SSD to place your ACTIVE media and ACTIVE project files onto while editing !! It has a whopping 1.5 GB /sec. transfer rate for reads AND writes !! A Samsung 850 Pro SSD would serve as a great boot drive for OS,programs and windows page file only. All backups. archived files, and non-active files not involved in your current editing can be placed on cheap, larger capacity 7200 rpm HDDs. Your previews, cache and media cache files can go on the SM951, too for best performance.
If you have ANY "green" hard drives.....use them as a SINKER on your next fishing trip !!! They are USELESS and a nuisance "bottleneck" in an editing machine. Their 5400 rpm speed makes them TOO SLOOOW, and their " spin down to save energy" behavior further destroys any usefulness in an editing rig.
Newer, 7200 rpm HDDs are available which have 128MB caches on them and can run at over 200 MB/sec....these cheap HDDs are good to house all your valuable original footage ,archives and backups, while you can place ACTIVE material from these drives onto the fast SM951 for editing performance, then , transfer back the finished products and project files to the HDDs for storage.
Good luck !! The more you read , the better you will make out !