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Building a computer for After Effects use, approx.$500 budget, can't decide between AMD and Intel

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October 2, 2013 3:09:06 PM

I've put the important parts in bold.

Hey I use after effects but know absolutely zero about computers. Its response time during use and also rendering time is slow and I currently have 6 gb ram. I have $500 (it can be a bit higher) to spend. I'd prefer to build a new comp that has a capacity for further upgrades, I'll have more money for it later. Is there anything I can add to my current set up to make it work better? OR what parts should I buy to build a new computer with a new cpu, mobo and ram to improve performance? (I have suggestions below) I'll re-use my HDs because they're sata and I'll try and use my old case (microatx)if possible.

Here are my specs.
cpu: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz
2x2gig ddr2 ram
2x1gig ddr2 ram
total of 6 gig over 4 slots (ie filled up)
Mainboard Model P5Q-EM
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB (I'd like to re use as well)

I'm thinking of getting a 128 gb SSD to cache.

Here is what I'm thinking of using but I don't know if they work well together for After Effects (I also use Photoshop. Large files with multiple layers respond very slowly and I also use 3ds max, mudbox and zbrush)

HERE IS A LIST OF PARTS MY FRIEND RECOMMENDED for AMD (he doesn't know much about after effects, unfortunately) https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/v/1368669_......



I'm currenting using windows 7 to get 64 bit, I needed to access the ram. I also keep my footage on my external and render to the hard drive, which is also set as my cache.
My friend is unsure about how AE responds to multiple cores.
The quadcore is less expensive than the octa but with the octa I can add 2 more sticks of 8 gig ram later when I can afford it. If I want to add more ram later on, won't it be more useful to have 8 cores with 4 gig ram, instead of 4 cores with 8 gig ram? more threads = smoother?

Also, I'm hearing that Intel is better for rendering than AMD (AMD is cheaper) and looking at the Intel Core i5-4570 Quad-Core Processor.

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October 3, 2013 7:31:26 AM

after effects is a pretty intense program. you will want a higher end pc than $500 can buy. i would say save for about $1000 and then come back.
October 3, 2013 7:53:00 AM

I don't know a whole lot about AE.. but I think there is an option for Multi-Processing so you would definitely benefit from a multi-core CPU.. As for your Intel and AMD issue - Intel will cost more but people will argue that their Processors are faster on a Per-Core basis compared to the AMD chips, personally though I would go with AMD especially since you are on a budget
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October 3, 2013 7:55:22 AM
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This is the absolute best build I can come up with for what you're doing...it won't get any better for $500. I would also do this build ASAP, as some of the special offers may expire and make the price jump.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Klqz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Klqz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Klqz/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($65.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($85.87 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $503.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 10:54 EDT-0400)
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October 3, 2013 8:04:00 AM

8350rocks said:
This is the absolute best build I can come up with for what you're doing...it won't get any better for $500. I would also do this build ASAP, as some of the special offers may expire and make the price jump.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Klqz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Klqz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Klqz/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($65.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($85.87 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $503.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-03 10:54 EDT-0400)


agreed. this is the best you will ever get for that price.
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