For an I7 Win7 system with 12 gigs of RAM and a terabyte of hard drive space, what settings should I adjust (from the default) to optimize my AE CS3 app? Could you please give me specific numbers, as I'm not fully understanding the various optimization suggestions at this point. Thanks...
There's no one ideal set of numbers. That's why the settings are exposed as preferences. If there were one ideal set of numbers, then
we would just set them and not bother creating a UI for the settings. Every project, composition, computer, and footage set is different, and different scenarios require different settings.
That said, there are some recommendations for memory settings on this page, including in the comments.