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System struggling with HD video in Premiere

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April 4, 2010 11:14:14 PM


Hi guys

I'm a video editor in London and am finding that my current system struggles with HD projects. It's a Dell running Premiere CS4, specs are:

Intel Core2 Quad 2.33GHz (Q8200)
Dell 0M017G motherboard
3GB memory (DDR2, PC2-6400)
Vista Home Premium 32-bit
ATI Radeon HD 3650 256MB graphics card
1x WD Caviar 500 GB hard drive (SATA, 16MB Cache, 7200 RPM - Model: WD5000AAKS)

Can anyone recommend some targeted upgrades that'll improve performance? I'm thinking 2 or 3 things that'll make a big difference with stuttery playback and general sluggishness.

Many Thanks

Kevin

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 5, 2010 12:12:00 AM

Current System
  • CPU: Upgrade to the Q9550, if motherboard supports it
  • RAM: Max out the RAM your MOBO supports (8GB roughly?)
  • Windows 7 64-bit OS - Allow you to utilize more than 3GB of RAM, which your programs is very helpful
  • HDD: Upgrade to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500GB hard drives - New and Faster. Or you could add a SSD drive to your current HDD.

    Best Performance - New Platform
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 930
  • MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 - One of the Best X58 motherboards
  • RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 12GB (6x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7 RAM. - Plenty of RAM to help you out!!
  • Windows 7 64-bit OS - Allow you to utilize more than 3GB of RAM, which your programs is very helpful
    April 5, 2010 12:41:06 PM

    Hi

    Thanks, am planning a dual boot with Windows 7 64-bit and more RAM. Ditto a 2nd drive, will add a good SATA one.

    A couple more things...

    - the mobo will take something faster than my current Quad but the faster CPUs look pricey...will the cost of a new chip be worth it, or will the perfomance increase be slight?

    - GFX card: got the ATI Radeon 3650...seems ok but might an nvidia with more RAM improve things, or not? ?I've heard video editing not so dependent on GFX card

    Thanks

    Kevin
    a b B Homebuilt system
    April 5, 2010 3:51:55 PM

    dual boot with what ?
    a b B Homebuilt system
    April 5, 2010 4:00:26 PM

    - Here is a comparison between the Q9550 (my recommended upgrade on a LGA 775 socket) and the Core i7 920 (don't have the i7 930 listed)...
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/50?vs=47

    Does that justify the cost increase is up to you or not. All around the i7 is better but does a few minutes here or there make a difference for the cost increase to you?

    For you Comparision: Q8200 vs i7 920 and Q8200 vs Q9550


    - Nvidia cards utilize CUDA, which is helpful in programs like CS4. You should seen a slight improvement going with for example a GT 240
    April 8, 2010 8:20:25 AM

    Hi, thanks for the reply...

    Dual boot is so I can still run Vista with my old apps, in case of compatibility issues

    Re CPU, looking at the figures I can't see that the extra 20% performance is worth the cost at this stage.

    Thanks again
    !