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Best Configs for Adobe CS5 / film editing

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July 9, 2011 10:08:07 AM

Hi there!

I want to buy (or build) a computer that is optimized for working with Adobe CS5, especially for Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5.
The maximum I want to pay for such a system is between 1.000 and 1.500 Euro (around 1.000 Euro is preferred).

I think – but I don't know – that an i7 might be right and at least 8GB DDR3-RAM. I'd also like to use NAS, maybe Synology DS211J.

I am grateful for any hint that you can give me...
Thanks a lot,
Kenika
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July 9, 2011 11:37:24 AM

If your on a budget go for the intel i5-2500k and a z68 or p67 motherboard, get 8/16GB RAM (really. 8gb is enough)... Get a good psu and graphics card isn't really that important but you could go for a Radeon 6770.
July 9, 2011 12:29:03 PM

Depending on the actual usage in those applications, they are actually optimized for CUDA so NVidia is the way to go for you. Also if you work with videos, trans coding is a use case for you so H67/Z68 board would be on the list as well.

If you want to overclock and stuff then you might benefit from the i5 2500k, otherwise the i5 2400 is plenty powerful.

No OC:

CPU: i5 2400
MB: ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM
Memory: 2x4GB 1.5V CAS 9 1333Mhz kit from Corsair, GSkill, Kingston or Mushkin
GPU: GForce 560 or 560Ti depending on the budget fit, possibly 570 if you need more juice.
Case: 50-100e range usually gets you a nice case
PSU: 500w-650W from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic or XFX
SSD(optional): OCZ Agility 3 or Crucial M4 in the 64Gb range, Corsair Force 3, OCZ vertex 3, OCZ Agility 3, Intel 320 & 510 in the 120Gb range 120-250e investment
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
DVD: Lite-On, Asus etc 20-24x DVD+/-RW

If you want to OC:

CPU i5 2500k
MB: Probably Gigabyte Z68A series, they are reasonably priced
Memory: either the same as above or: 2x4GB 1.5V CAS 9 1600Mhz kit from Corsair, GSkill, Kingston or Mushkin
HSF: Xigmatec Gaia, Cooler Master Hyper 212+ for example + thermal paste ( arctic silver 5 is good )
GPU: same
Case: same but make sure it has good airflow
PSU: same, generally in the higher end
SSD(optional): same
HDD: same
DVD: same

You don't list a country so can't really check for pricing, but the above components would probably do fine for you.
You will see a small improvement going from i5 2400 to i7 2600 or then from i5 2500k to i7 2600k. But it's so so if it's worth the extra money.
You could spend the difference on a small SSD like the crucial m4 and get nice improvement to boot up and start up times.
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July 10, 2011 3:48:59 PM

Hi!

Thank you both for your support!

Quote:
You don't list a country so can't really check for pricing, but the above components would probably do fine for you.

I'm from Germany.

Quote:
You will see a small improvement going from i5 2400 to i7 2600 or then from i5 2500k to i7 2600k.

I wonder why you talk about i5 instead of i7. Is it really just because of the price category or is there something else?
In case I would take an i7: Does it change anything according to the other components you recommended?

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If you want to overclock [...]

No, I don't want to overclock. ;-)

Thanks a lot again!
July 10, 2011 4:08:19 PM

Well the i5 is cheaper, and when looking at the results between i5 and i7 for CS for example, the difference is really small, so not really worth the 50% price increase.

So the i7 2600 will give you the best performance, but the i5 2400 or 2500 is not much behind.
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