I'm trying to set up my laptop to do some video editing. (I use a laptop because I do move around a lot). I don't intend to do a lot of multitasking while I'm editing.
Here are the specs: Running Premiere Pro CS4 on 64bit windows 7 Pro. laptop is Sony Vaio Z (VPCZ12GLX), i5-430M 2.26GHz, 4Gb DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M (1Gb video RAM), 384Gb SSD. I will try and put my source media on the internal SSD of the laptop. If the source video media doesn't fit in the internal drive, I'll put it on an external eSATA drive, through an expresscard port eSATA adapter card. The external drive I use is an externally powered 3.5" drive with eSATA connection (Fantom 1Tb "GreenDrive" GD1000EU)
My question is, will 4Gb RAM be enough to run CS4 smoothly on my laptop, or should I try to get 8Gb? (ie: Will there be a noticable performance difference if I go from 4Gb to 8Gb RAM?)
Thanks in advance,
I run fine with only 3GB. More is always better, of course.
With the rest of your specs, nothing will run 'smoothly' apart from DV and maybe HDV. Every other codec will be seriously bogged down.
Underpowered CPU, limited memory and a green disk all spell SLOW.