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The graphics card is a joke. You will not have much joy with it even if you don't use OpenGL. AE uses hardware acceleration to draw parts of the user interface as well and that card is not gonna cut it. You may encounter drawing errors and it will feel slow. The RAM is the bare minimum, also. You will be able to run CS3, but especially once you plan on using 32bpc mode it will be a pain. As an last item, you should be prepared to expect trouble with AMD processors. While it's been tested with some of them, AE is not optimized for them and thus even the install might be riddled with issues. In the grander scheme of things you might wanna reconsider your strategy and first investigate if there are ways to update some of your hardware without ruining yourself...
I used a similar system with AE 7.0 to render over 400 GB of 1920x1080 image sequences in 16-bit, with the difference that I had 3 GB of RAM (and I avoid Matrox cards like the plague.) I'd seriously recommend to upgrade to XP SP2, 4 GB of RAM and a cheap nVidia GeForce card, such as the 7000-series.
With more RAM and a better graphics card (to make the system more stable) and XP SP2, you'll be able to work, but if you upgrade to a cheap office-type computer you'll get a system that should give you at least twice the performance of an upgraded version of your current system, for around $850:
Dell Inspiron 530:
Intel Core2 Duo Processor E6550 (4MB L2 Cache,2.33GHz,1333 FSB)
Windows® XP Professional - English
4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
16x DVD+/-RW Drive
nVidia GeForce 8300GS 128MB
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
IEEE 1394a Adapter
Also note that Premiere Pro won't run on an Athlon processor!
- Jonas Hummelstrand
I can't advise on PC's as I am a Mac guy but yep...I avoid Matrox ANYTHING like the plague. My Quad PPC has an NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT with 256 MB VRAM & my MBP has a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB VRAM. Both are very strong with Editing / Graphics / 3D apps & the MBP keeps right up with the Quad...amazing machine.
>Also note that Premiere Pro won't run on an Athlon processor!
That's not necessarily true. It depends on which specific Athlon series you're talking about. The chip has to support the SSE2 instruction set. The Athlon 64 and its descendants (basically any 64-bit AMD chip available today) will all be fine. Older chips like the Athlon XP will not work. (So Christian- You will need to upgrade.)
Thank you very much guys for you rapid concern... and for your opinion.
Was afraid to hear and read what you've told and written me but..... guess I'll have to upgrade the softwares AND my computer to make it properly work though... and do some research to make sure that everything works well when put together.
Hope I'll have some paid projects soon to get enough money to purchase all that stuff..... or wait for CS4...???..... @$?%&*!....
It's very appreciated
You're right. I abandoned AMD a while back, so I mistakenly thought they had dropped the Athlon name. I used to have an Athlon XP that didn't run Premiere Pro.
- Jonas Hummelstrand
I abandoned AMD with the Athlon XP as well... Only time I ever had a motherboard die on me..... Never had a Intel chip/Mobo die...