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The cheapest is to stick to your current Premiere version. But looking at your current PC specifications (and in particular the disk size) I don't have the idea that you are already running any version of Premiere on it.
What is your budget for the hardware ?
I would start to look at the CS4 recommendations:
Minimum system requirements for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4:
- 2GHz or faster processor for DV; 3.4GHz for HDV; dual 2.8GHz for HD (an SSE2-enabled processor is required for AMD systems)
- Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended) or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (certified for 32-bit Windows XP and 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista)
- 2GB of RAM
- 10GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on flash-based storagedevices)
- 1,280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card *
- Dedicated 7200 RPM hard drive for DV and HDV editing; striped disk array storage (RAID 0) for HD; SCSI disk subsystem preferred
- For SD/HD workflows, an Adobe-certified card for capture and export to tape *
- OHCI-compatible IEEE 1394 port for DV and HDV capture, export to tape, and transmit to DV device
- DVD-ROM drive (DVD+/-R burner required for DVD creation)
- Blu-ray burner required for Blu-ray disc creation
- Microsoft Windows Driver Model- or ASIO-compatible sound card
- QuickTime 7.4.5 software required to use QuickTime features
- Broadband Internet connection required for online services
And don't forget that if you want to address more then 3-4 GB of memory that you will need to upgrade Windows as well to a 64 bit version.
Harm Millaard wrote:
Simple: Get a complete new system. Nothing here with any salvage value.
You can still use your old system for other tasks. How to get the best from a PC? Some guides...
You are cruel but honest Harm
Seriously I think we need his hardware budget before we can help him assembling a new system.
It is pretty simple. The OP's boss pays for his/her productivity. If the boss only has below par tools for the job, he is making it impossible to get any productivity. His only option is to invest in decent hardware to get the job done within budget and time constraints. Otherwise as OP I would quit the job. It is not possible with his current equipment to do a decent job. The investment cost is only a fraction of the yearly salary but if it improves productivity by a margin of 500% or more, what is the downside of a $ 2K investment?
If you look at previous posts some people already configured nice systems for +- 1.8k
It all depends on what you need to do with it.
If premiere pro CS4 is or will be his main job then yes you are right and he should invest even a little more then 2k.
But if he only needs to use it occasionaly I think a 1.8k system should be fine... and little more if he needs more disk space or requires redundancy.
Thanks everyone, this has been really informative.
Boss now says budget is not an issue.
That said, the goal of upgrading/replacing my PC is to be able to import .flv files (generated from another program), work with them in Premiere, and then export them with the same dimensions and settings as the source file. Currently when I try to export straight from Premiere I get the error "Property Data Invalid" and it crashes without giving any additional info. I'll refer to the guides that Harm provided but any plain and dirty advice is still much appreciated. For instance I know that I need good amount of RAM, 3 separate internal HDDs that spin at 7200... and then what?
I don't need everything to be top of the line, it just needs to serve its purpose.
Would it also be possible to just add/replace parts on the current PC? Or is it just better to start from scratch?
Many MANY thanks
as mentioned there is really nothing worth salvaging from the old system.
if this is for biz use it would be foolish anyway.
Ideal affordable system
decent size tower (for more HDDs and good cooling.)
700w minimum good power supply
Intel 920 or higher
6gig minimum DDR3 1600 (if running Adobe production suite then 12 if you use AE/PS with bridge along with PP)
nVidia 285 <---- Cuda enabled and will support Mercury engine in CS5
minimum 3 HDD
1 for OS and programs
1 for catpure /work
1 for final output render
depending on format/res you may need raid arrays.
plus external back up is always wise.
Win7 64 pro (FYI its "migrate to a new system" feature is awesome)
image recovery software/back up software.
if thats too big a budet you could go to the P55/i5 platform.but really you are not saving but maybe a $100-$150 for a lessor system.