Although some effects in the program use AGP graphics, the program is not terribly graphics-card intensive, so even a basic 128 or 256 meg card is more than enough. Likewise, there's no benefit to bulking up on more than 4 gigs of RAM.
A powerful quad core or i7 processor and a terrabyte of hard drive space is a much better hardware investment.
Thanks. That was really helpful. I probably will buy a laptop with a sandy bridge 2630m cpu and either a gtx460m or gt555 graphics card.
I believe only the Pro version of Premiere uses GPU rendering. So there isn't a benefit to it using Elements.
Buy a laptop with TWO 7200rpm drives, so you may have Windows on the boot drive and video files on the 2nd drive (never a partition!!!)
If you can't buy one with two internal drives, be sure it has an eSata port for your 2nd drive... USB is really not fast enough for video editing
USB is really not fast enough for video editing
I think you are saying that USB 2 is not fast enough for video editing.
What about a USB 3 connection of an external hard drive ?
OK... USB2 is not fast enough for video editing, I don't have USB3 so do not know if it lives up to the "promised" speed with "actual" data transfer speed
I do know that other people use eSata for video editing and it works well
BTW, I do edit to a USB-connected external hard drive, and I've never had a problem.
Although, as John indicates, eSata connections are much faster and cleaner.
I agree with the others. The driver support is more important with PrE, than the GPU power of the card.
As to what will show up, down the road with PrE and GPU processing, only the Adobe engineers can tell us. PrPro has added the MPE (Mercury Playback Engine) with both software, and hardware/GPU processing for some aspects of editing/Output. In that program, CUDA support from select nVidia cards is a big plus, but so far, PrE does not have MPE, and might never offer it. Only time, and newer versions can answer that question. We, mere users, just do not know.
The only admonitions that I offer on video cards, are:
Either nVidia, or ATI/AMD, and recent enough, that the card is still supported by either.
Do not go with an embedded Intel graphics chip, as driver support is virtually non-existant.