3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 2, 2012 7:13 PM by John T Smith

    building computer


      I have not installed premiere elements 10 and photshop elements 10 I am currently deciding on a computer and was wondering on some hardware choices for elements.

      hp h8qe windows 7 64 bit

      2 nd generation intel i7-3930k six core processor 12mb cache

      12 gb ddr3 1600mhz 4 dimms ram

      and 2tb 7200 rpm sata harddrive

      choce for graphics are 1gb radeon hd 7570

      2gb ddr3 nividia ge force gt530 or

      1gb radeon hd 7670 or

      3 gb ddr3 nvidia ge force gt 545 or

      1gb ddr5 nvidia ge force gtx 550 ti

      any thoughts on which graphics card would be best

      and does elements like an external hard drive is that easier on the computer thanks

      also i do use go pro hero hd 2 in mgp4 and .h264 format

        • 1. Re: building computer
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          At this time, Premiere Elements does not take advantage of the "CUDA cores" in nVidia cards, so the ATI models on your list are just fine... and, I think, are less $$ than the nVidia models


          If you were using Premiere Pro, you would want an nVidia card

          http://blogs.adobe.com/premiereprotraining/2011/02/cuda-mercury-playback-engine-and-adobe- premiere-pro.html


          If you have a large enough power supply, an internal drive is better than external, unless your external is eSata... link at the bottom to one model eSata external dock

          Power supply calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp (the PRO version)


          My 3 hard drives are configured as...

          1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs

          2 - 320Gig data for Win7 paging swap file and video project files

          When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,

          so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folder and files

          3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (*)

          (*) for 4 drives, drive 3 all source files & drive 4 all output files


          Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows paging swap file







          Trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing


          You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions


          Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work


          You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand


          A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing


          You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything


          Partition = Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/957286


          I find that the three drives I use work very well for me, for editing AVCHD video... some people use a 4th drive, so video INPUT files are on drive three and all OUTPUT files are on drive four... I only bought a mid-tower case instead of a full tower case (my bad... but had to fit in the space available on my office desk!) so I use the three drives that will fit


          Depending on your exact hardware (motherboard brand & model AND USB2 enclosure brand & model AND external hard drive brand & model) AND the type of video file, you may... or may NOT... be able to use an external USB2 hard drive for SD (Standard Definition) video editing


          Steve Grisetti in the Premiere Elements forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856208 and Jim Simon in the Premiere Pro forum http://forums.adobe.com/thread/856433 use USB externals for editing


          A USB3 hard drive connected to a motherboard with USB3 is supposed to be fast enough for video editing (I don't have such, so don't know) but eSata DOES have a fast enough data transfer for video editing... I have not used the eSata Dock below... for reference only, YMMV and all the usual disclaimers


          http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/ref=cm_cmu_pg_ t

          • 2. Re: building computer
            jimshear Level 1

            Thank you for the input. Will take me a day to digest, as I should have stated my computer knowledge is limited.

            If I am understanding the,

            Processor : 2 nd generation intel i7-3930k six core processor 12mb cache (IS Good)

            Memory: 12 gb ddr3 1600mhz 4 dimms ram ( IS Good)

            Hard Drive: 2tb 7200 rpm sata harddrive (IS Good) * But I would be better served with A 1TB or more For Wind 7 and Programs, along with a second hard drive internal to store project files only. And do my editing on the main hard drive without a partition.

            And any of the graphic cards I listed are fine, go with the lower cost radeon cards.

            And the largest power supply I can get.

            And  a good cooling fan.

            • 3. Re: building computer
              John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP



              3-not exactly


              Boot drive for Windows and programs, only


              If only 2 drives

              use second drive for projects AND media

              do NOT have media on the boot drive... that is for Windows and programs, only


              If 3 drives... as I posted in my last message

              Boot drive for Windows and programs, only,,, swap file & projects to #2 media to #3


              Again... Boot drive for Windows and programs, only