The Creative Cloud has a LOT of very different kinds of software. What you need depends on what kind of work you plan to be doing. The specs required to build a webpage in Muse are very different from the specs you would need for doing 3d animation and compositing in After Effects.
In any case, unless you're editing video in Premiere, not much of Adobe's software makes a lot of use of the GPU. In general, you would want to focus
more on CPU and RAM. You might want two SSD's. One for your OS and software and a second one for your cache.
But again, this all depends on what you might DO with your Creative Cloud subscription.
My apologies for not being specific. I'd be looking to use AE and Premiere 80% of the time with PS and Auditon the remainder. My workflow would be importing HD video from a DSLR and hopefully soon will be incorporating 4K into the mix as well as HD.
What is your budget?
My current high end desktop is an I7-5960X with an ASUS x99-E WS, 64 GB of RAM and all solid-state storage except backup and archiving (yes this now an older generation) is about a $3700 investment.
looking to keep under 2000
For AE work, you will want at least two SSD's (one for software and OS and the other for cache).
Single core speed is more important than number of cores in the processor.
That said, you should have four or more cores and you will want at least 4 GB of RAM per core of your processor.
You'll want a reasonable, modern NVIDIA GPU, but nothing crazy. AE doesn't use it for much. The latest version (CC 2015.3 also known as version 13.8.1) has three effects that are GPU-accelerated (not counting the obsolete ray-traced renderer).
Again, this is JUST the recommendations for the current version of AE. Premiere uses the GPU a lot more (and future versions of AE will likely use it for more too).
Very helpful... thx
for $1500-2000 you can build an overclocked 6 core i7-6800k with fast memory around ddr4-3000 and storage. a gtx 1060 is a decent option for around $260. if you don't plan on using alot of gpu fx or lumetri color you could look for something a little slower, but with at least 4gb of vram.
currently I am looking at a
1 SSD @ 1TB,
1 SSD @ 256
1 HDD at 2TB
$2000 all in.
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You beat me with your configuration
You probably are looking at a ($350) i7-6700K 4-core 4GHz based computer with your budget. The next step up would have been the the $600 i7-6850K 6-core 3.6 GHz processor based system. Remember you need a balanced system that means a first class power supply, good graphics card (see if you can find one of the new GTX 1060---I have an EVGA 06G-P4-6163KR that is only $259 but in short supply yet) and RAM memory. For storage this is the ideal system, all solid state, for the OS/Applications I recommend a SATA III SSD and for all project files I recommend a motherboard with a M.2 PCIe Gen 3 x4 socket filled with a Samsung 950 Pro 512 GB SSD. Then you can have some hard disk drives for Archiving and backup.
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a i7-6700k build should be $1200-1500. if you are purchasing it pre-built that may explain the high price and you might want to shop around for better prices. the next step up is the i7-6800k and would add around $200 for a more expensive motherboard and cpu. the i7-6850k is wasted money unless you need 4-5 pcie devices.
I did build (my first time) a machine quite similar, wth a GTX 970 instead, using pcpartpicker.com