Do not count on Windows to be fully up to date when it comes to device drivers
-Go to the vendor site to be sure you have an updated driver for your graphic adapter
•nVidia Driver Downloads http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
•ATI Driver Autodetect http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/auto-detect-tool
WITH exactly what are the codec details of what you are editing?
WITH what effects are you using with the video?
WITH exactly what export settings did you use for your output?
16GB of RAM is adequate though not optimal. Only two drives is again adequate though not optimal. I would note that you can see the associated forums on the Overview page ... including the Hardware forum which is the best place for this type of question.
Moved to the Hardware forum.
John - Thanks for the feedback. I did update all of my drivers, with no discernible change. To (try to) answer your other questions:
I'm importing mp4 files, 1920X1080, 29.97fps, exporting H.264 1280X720, 29.97fps, progressive, VBR 1 pass, target 16.00mbps, max 16mbps, aac, 320 kbps, 48khz, stereo.
Effects vary, but typically I'm using some speed variation, minor color correction, shadow/highlight, and simple titles. Nothing too fancy.
Thanks for any additional help you can provide...
Thanks, Kevin. Apologies for the misplacement. - Ryan
Thanks, Neil. I failed to mention that I keep all of my raw video files on a separate 80 gig external drive, which has worked fine for me in the past. I should also add that the main issue isn't with rendering or exporting speed, but with playback and editing anything on the timeline, both of which have major lag.
I run a similar 16 gb, two drives system at work, which works just fine. That system, of course, was in place prior to my arrival and not built by a novice like myself. This is why I'm having such a hard time determining the issue with my home built system, and why it's not playing nice with Premiere.
Any additional input is greatly appreciated. I'll keep scanning the forums for possible answers.
Download CrystalDiskMark and test that external 80 GB disk that you have you media on and show us the results. I would strongly suggest you get a Samsung T3 portable USB3 SSD instead of that external hard disk drive it will be 3 to 4 times faster. That is what I am using for project and media on my laptop. Make sure that all drives are not indexing or compressing. How many processes are running when you play your timeline, see below