Regrettably, I will have to agree with Harm in this case. Your system barely meets Adobe's stated minimum requirements for CS5.x for the CPU and RAM (well, 8GB is more than Adobe's stated minimum requirement) to begin with. And forget about using Premiere Pro on that system, especially since you have only a single hard drive. Premiere Pro requires a minimum of two separate hard drives in order to work properly (plus, the rest of the PC's specs are significantly below the "practical" minimum requirements to run Premiere Pro CS5.x). Using just one hard drive for absolutely everything (OS, media, output, previews, programs, cache and projects) will make even an extremely fast system relatively sluggish - not to mention that since your system's hard drive is more than half full, your system will likely perform hundreds if not thousands of times slower than a properly tuned fast system. Also, you did not state which graphics card you have on that system, especially since a not-well-supported card will slow down CS5.x MPE performance even more.
In other words, just because a system just meets Adobe's stated minimum requirements does not mean that it will run that program well at all.
Regrettably, I will have to agree with Harm in this case.
Does that imply you have a natural tendency to disagree with me? And you don't like to agree with me?
Can't argue with that, because I hate to agree with myself.
Actually, Harm, we occasionally have disagreements. But in this case, I was using the term "regrettably" to refer to the OP's system itself, not you.
No idea what PS, IL or AE is so not much help.
Thank you anyway.
Many thanks, that's extremely helpful and just what I wanted to know - although not what I wanted to hear!
From what you say I'm obviously going to have to buy a new tower before upgrading,
Not being at all computer savvy where would you suggest I go to find the ideal/optimum specifications for CS5?
PS = Photoshop
PR = Premiere Pro
AE = After Effects
DW = Dreamweaver
BR = Bridge
AU = Audition
EN = Encore
AME = Adobe Media Encoder
OL = On Location
CT = Contribute
ID = In Design
UT = Ultra
AI = Adobe Illustrator
SB = SoundBooth
Thanks Harm, I understand now.
What do you think of the following spec for a new PC:
Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7-990X (3.46GHz) 6.4GTs/12MB Cache
Motherboard: ASUS® RAMPAGE III EXTREME: 3-Way SLI & CrossFireX, SATA 6.0GB/s, USB 3.0
Memory (RAM): 24GB KINGSTON HYPER-X TRI-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (6 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card: 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX560 Ti - 2 DVI,HDMI,VGA - DX® 11, 3D Vision Ready
Memory - 1st Hard Disk: 500GB SERIAL ATA 3-Gb/s HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (7,200rpm)
2nd Hard Disk: 2TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD2002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)
1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive: 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
Memory Card Reader: INTERNAL 52 IN 1 CARD READER (XD, MS, CF, SD, etc) + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
Power Supply: CORSAIR 1000W PRO SERIES (HX1000) 80+ MODULAR PSU (£170)
Processor Cooling: TITAN FENRIR EVO EXTREME HEATPIPE CPU COOLER (£39)
Sound Card: ONBOARD 8 CHANNEL (7.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO (AS STANDARD)
Network Facilities: ONBOARD 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT - AS STANDARD ON ALL PCs
USB Options: 6 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL (MIN 2 FRONT PORTS) AS STANDARD
Firewire & Video Editing: 3 Port IEEE 1394a Firewire PCI Card (£9)
Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit - inc DVD & Licence (£109)
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Great specs with one important and obvious weakness. A system is only as good as the weakest link and that weakest link is your disk setup. Only two disks is the minimum requirement, but to profit from the power of the CPU and the speed of the memory, you really need to improve the disk setup.
Look here for some tips:
Many thanks for that Harm, excellent advice which I shall certainly take.
OK think I'm nearly ready to order the PC and have found a good supplier.
I keep reading about a Matrox box but don't know if I need one. I have a dual monitor set up and need to be able to view my work on an external TV. I understand I can do that by using the HDMI interface on the graphics card.
Do I need a Matrox box and if so, what for?
If you wish to have problems with Matrox drivers almost ALWAYS being out of date compared to Premiere Pro versions (too bad the forum search is not working properly) then by all means buy a Matrox
Otherwise, go to the Matrox web site and read what it claims it will do for you
Harm I'm still tweaking the specs with my supplier and obviously want to be absolutely sure before ordering.
Can I therefore ask your views on the following spec:
1 x Fujitsu Celsius W410 Mini Tower – 2nd Generation i7-2600
1 x 500GB + 1 x 1TB + 1 x 2TB HDD’s
Geforce GTX580 -1.5GB Graphics
Windows 7 Professional-64 BIT
Is this good enough for CS5.5?
You mention a mini tower. For better airflow, cooling, expansion capabilities and cable management, get a big tower.
The i7-2600 only supports 16 GB, not 24 GB memory because it only has 4 DIMM slots. If you can afford it, get the 2600K, because it is unlocked and easier to overclock. If your budget is tight, you can shave off some $$$ by getting the 570 instead of the 580. You will be hard pressed to notice a performance difference. For the rest it looks good and will run CS5.5 very comfortably.
From what you say it would appear this would be a more suitable option:
1 x Dell Alienware Aurora
Core i7-2600K – 3.4GHz
1 x 500GB + 1 x 1TB + 1 x 2TB HDD’s
Blu-Ray-RW, Geforce GTX570 -1.28GB Graphics
8 x USB 2.0 Ports + 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
Windows 7 Professional-64 BIT
Would you agree?
Dell has some advantages and a lot of major drawbacks.
1. Good quality.
2. Nice price/performance ratio in standard configuration.
1. No video editing machines available.
2. Exorbitant prices for anything over a standard configuration. You can buy a 1 TB drive on every corner for $ 50, at Dell you pay $ 280, same with all other components.
3. Lousy, crippled BIOS and no overclocking possibility.
4. Underspecced PSU for a video editing machine.
If you like them to steal you blind, go for Dell, if you value your money, build yourself (best for your wallet) or go to a custom builder like ADK.
In the end you will find a much better BFTB than Dell
Very interesting advice Harm
The Dell machine is not supplied by Dell direct and is only marginally more expensive than the Fujitsu, so cost is not an issue here/
Purely from a performance point of view, which of the 2 machines above which would you choose?