I wanted to ask how much ram do you think is needed for using the AE CS4, and I'm talking about some projects with many layers, effects, etc.
I have 4GB and vista64 (quad core), but it is slow. I thought about upgrading to 8GB, but maybe to 16GB?
4 slots: I would opt for 4 x 4 GB if the price differential to 4 x 2 GB is reasonable. The benefit from 16 G over 8 G is small, especially if you do not multitask extensively, but the waste of throwing 4 x 2 G strips away when you may need more memory is significant.
8 slots: I would opt for 4 x 2 GB for the time being with the possibility of adding another 4 x 2 GB at a later date.
I would think the 4GB chis could be added later.As I understand it Premiere can actually take advantage of the extra RAM. And even if you d not use multitasking all the time when you do you will need the extra RAM.