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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


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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


    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


    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)...

    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