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You should get the most powerful-performing PC build that you can get in this price range. If you cheap out and get a system that just barely meets Adobe's minimum requirements, your editing experience will be very frustrating because although the program will start up, you might not be able to perform any tasks at all within the program because the performance then would have become excruciatingly sluggish.
On top of what I stated above, Adobe has not really updated its minimum hardware requirements in some time. Thus, the minimum system might not even run Premiere Pro at all.
Apologies for posting in the wrong forum, and thanks for moving to the right one!
Thanks for taking the time to respond and, no, I certainly do not intend to "cheap out" and will definitely go for the most powerful build that I can get in the price range mentioned.
Since you say that Adobe hasn't recently updated their system requirements, what level of system specs should I aim for if I want a guaranteed quality performance from Premiere Pro (no sluggish-ness, etc.)?
For example, should I assume that I need DOUBLE the minimum system requirements listed (e.g., 32 GB of RAM instead of 16 GB?, etc., etc.), just to be on the safe side?
I know I'm asking newbie questions, but when it comes to PCs, I'm definitely a noob.