I should point out that I am using CC
Alternatively, would I be better off paying the basic price for a 1gb or 2gb general graphics card and then getting some additional memory?
Please tell us about your PC specs. Let's start from there, to see where the bottleneck is in your system.
Well AE doesn't really use the GPU, Premiere would be equally happy with a GTX card and I believe Speedgrade will also be fine with GTX though of the three programs would benefit the most from a Quadro - though best for a more advanced user of the app to confirm - but I would expect you would need to be much higher up the Quadro food chain before you would really see the benefits and as such I think that at your price you might be better going for a GTX 960.
Thanks for t he reply. I tend n ot to mess with the innards of the computer too much over the past few years, but did got the following details. Is this what will help with this?
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
CPU Type 4x , 3500 MHz
System Memory 16272 MB
Video Adapter Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 (2112 MB)
Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]
IDE Controller Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 1E08
Network Adapter Atheros AR8151 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20) (192.168.0.2)
What PSU ie Power Supply do you have in that system?
To be honest, I have no idea, but it isn't going to be anything amazing. The PC is about 2 years old and was purchased as a bare bones.
It says this in the info I got about the system, not sure what help it would be though:
Power Management Features:
Automatic Clock Control Supported
Enhanced Halt State (C1E) Not Supported
Enhanced SpeedStep Technology (EIST, ESS) Supported
Frequency ID Control Not Supported
LongRun Not Supported
LongRun Table Interface Not Supported
PowerSaver 1.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 2.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 3.0 Not Supported
Processor Duty Cycle Control Supported
Software Thermal Control Not Supported
Temperature Sensing Diode Not Supported
Thermal Monitor 1 Supported
Thermal Monitor 2 Supported
Thermal Monitoring Not Supported
Thermal Trip Not Supported
Voltage ID Control Not Supported
The majority of what I do will be in Premiere, with some After Effects and finally Speedgrade coming in third
You would have to open up the case and look for the model number on the PSU itself. The PSU will decide what video card options you have. You will want that info.
It's the own make of where I got the computer from:
Novatech Power Station 750 watt ATX
Then a 960GTX 4GB card would be more than enough and what I would suggest.
speedgrade will be the most gpu power hungry application, a gtx 650 will be very underpowered for speedgrade and possibly premiere (depending on the project). the gtx 960 as eric suggests would be minimum if you are planning on using speedgrade. as long as you dont do too many adjustments/corrections in speedgrade, it may work.