This past year I built a computer for the first time. It was pretty cool I wouldn't say I know a lot about the tech even though I did it.
The PC is a q6600 Quadcore, ASUS P5K3 Deluxe Wifi, 8GB RAM DDR3, Seagate HDD, in NVIDIA GC, and XP 64Bit. Runs pretty well. I'm a graphic designer hoping to get into some Motion Graphic Design. But the it runs slow in AE, or at least the viewport update. Renders fast and fine.
Can you guys just tell me what I need to run fast in the viewport. I'm getting like 1 frame a sec. I'm guessing its my motherboard. Can someone point out a specific motherboard or just tell me a spec of a machine you know runs well. I don't want a big lag when using effects. Thanks.
I don't have any specific advice on what hardware to use, but I can point you to the
"Improve performance" section of After Effects Help on the Web, which provides lots of tips for speeding things up in general in After Effects.
Keep in mind that AE isn't a realtime playback application. You *must* build to RAM Preview to see your comps playback in real time. You could have a 16-Core, 64GB RAM, 8-way RAID, and an Nvidia GTX280 and not get realtime playback if you press the space bar.
To speed up any After Effects machine, you need:
More cores, more RAM, faster HD, and faster GPU... in that order