limited funds: which should i upgrade first. RAM or GPU

i need to upgrade my desktop windows 7 machine

I can't afford to do both right now the RAM upgrade and graphics card.

what do you think would provide the greatest increase in performance for my video editing?

I'll be upgrading the other down the road when new funds arrive.

2 choices are:
a. upgrade my 16gb ram to 32gb ram G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231569 )

b. upgrade the graphic from NVIDIA GeForce GT 635 to EVGA gtx 770 2gb ( http:// )

I know that the graphics card is inadequate for the video editing that I'm doing increasingly
i don't game at all
do watch lots of video and hulu
using Adobe creative cloud (Premiere Pro/After Effects/Photoshop) Element 3d plugin for AE
use after effects with digital juice products which contain dozens of layers and render short lengths of videos (usually 8 minutes or less)

thanks for any advice and tips on equipment.

here is my system:

Intel Core i7-4770 Processor 3.4GHz
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
16GB DDR3-1600 RAM
500gb Samsung 840 pro SSD
1TB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635
DVDRW Drive
19-in-1 Media Card Reader
10/100/1000 Network
802.11n Wireless
Bluetooth
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  1. Upgrading your video card would be more beneficial than upgrading ram.

    EDIT: what is your RAM usage when your under heaviest load?
  2. You already have an SSD (which i hope you are using when editing) along with a decent performing (stock) cpu to provide speed for your tasks.

    16gb of RAM is a fair amount for multimedia workloads, so its not very "crucial" to upgrade that part a.s.a.p.

    So my recommendation would be to pick up a decent graphics card first, seing as a GT 635 doesn't exactly belong in a system like yours. :)
  3. already have enough ram so go with gpu
  4. Nicolay Setre said:
    You already have an SSD (which i hope you are using when editing) along with a decent performing (stock) cpu to provide speed for your tasks.

    16gb of RAM is a fair amount for multimedia workloads, so its not very "crucial" to upgrade that part a.s.a.p.

    So my recommendation would be to pick up a decent graphics card first, seing as a GT 635 doesn't exactly belong in a system like yours. :)


    is there a great difference in performance between the gtx 760 and the 770?
    I'll need to upgrade the power supply as well
    $100 cheaper to go with the 760 and then get the 650 watt power supply upgrade as well.
    but if the performance increase is substantial with the 770, i'll find a way to make it work financially
  5. pigsinspace72 said:
    Upgrading your video card would be more beneficial than upgrading ram.

    EDIT: what is your RAM usage when your under heaviest load?


    I'll check on it when i get back to that computer but just gauging from the task manager when it's rendering....it loaded down pretty heavily but I don't know the exact numbers yet
  6. pigsinspace72 said:
    Upgrading your video card would be more beneficial than upgrading ram.

    EDIT: what is your RAM usage when your under heaviest load?


    memory usage is nearly 99% when rendering a heavy layered video, average around 70%

    106% max frequency

    30 second video render with dozens of layers can take 2.5 hours

    cpu usage around 60-85 %....fluctuating alot
  7. Check exactly what features of a possible graphics card your SOFTWARE can use, some can use CUDA (Nvidia only), some Open CL (I think Nvidia and AMD) or Direct Compute (AMD only). Some can use more than one and different releases support different features so check that first or you could get the wrong card.
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