7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 27, 2008 2:15 PM by David Wigforss-Hv1BNN

    Want to upgrade...but...

      Hello users.

      I'm planning to upgrade to the CS3 premium suite (about time...) but wondering if my system spec will be able to perform with the needs of the latest suite requirements... so any advices from you "advised" users will be appreciated.

      I'm now running:
      AMD Athlon XP 2400+
      2.00 Ghz
      1.5 GB of ram
      40 GB for C drive
      680 GB on 5 more stream drive
      Video card Matrox Millenium G450 DualHead
      Sound card Creative SB Audigy
      Mother Board Asus A7N8X
      Windows XP SP1 (to avoid all the conflicts)

      Adobe Premiere 6.5 with Pinnacle DV500(break box for analog signal)
      After Effects 6.5
      Photoshop 6.0

      Everything works fine for now but want to upgrade to improve my workflow and be more competitive with all the new features that the CS3 suite offers... and I want to be sure if my computer will "take" it or if I need to adjust or also upgrade my CPU... Is it OK or what would I need???

      Thanks in advance to you all
      Happy editing
        • 1. Re: Want to upgrade...but...
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
          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...

          • 2. Re: Want to upgrade...but...
            Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
            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
            • 3. Re: Want to upgrade...but...
              Joey Morelli Level 1
              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.
              • 4. Re: Want to upgrade...but...
                >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.)

                • 5. Re: Want to upgrade...but...
                  Level 1
                  Hello all.

                  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...???..... @$?%&*!....

                  Thanx again
                  It's very appreciated
                  • 6. Re: Want to upgrade...but...
                    Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2

                    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
                    • 7. Re: Want to upgrade...but...
                      David Wigforss-Hv1BNN Level 2
                      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...