View Full Version : AE Hardware req's
July 18th, 2007, 05:30 PM
I'm pretty much new to these vfx stuff, but got too hooked on it! I bought a new video card today, and was wondering if my current PC configuration would be appropriate for a hobbyist AE user.
What i have is:
Motherboard: Asus P5VD2-MX <GREEN> (s775, DDR2, VGA)
CPU: Pentium 4 3.00 GHz
RAM: 1 GB
Video card: GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce 7600GS PCIE (256MB DDR2 /128bit) (model gv-nx76g256d-rh)
I'd be very pleased to have an answer from you guys, and thank you in advance!
PS Oh, and how would AE run on this configuration? I tried running it, but ram preview seemed to be slow ;/
July 18th, 2007, 06:17 PM
I'm sure AE should give you no probs running that hardware, but more RAM would definitely help you out and make things move a big faster, eventually. But I think that's fine for learning and doing most things. :)
July 19th, 2007, 01:02 AM
Thansk Hype, now i really think you are GREAT! ;) Not only do you record dope tutorials, but you also help out ordinary ppl like me!
July 19th, 2007, 01:56 AM
i started out on a p4 2.4 with 512 ram and a 128mb ati radeon card. I thought it ran quite fast back in the day...
July 19th, 2007, 10:49 PM
the other important thing is having 7200 rpm Hard drives drives at a minimum.
(The bigger the cache the better)
I also recommend having 1 hard drive for your main drive (c) and, at least 1 more fatty drive for all your other AV files.
If you get really heavly into having big comps you may want to consider a raid setup for your AV drive.
Raid (2) drives together in "Raid 0" is also a great option. Just make sure to do backups.
"Raid 5" is fast and safe but takes at least 3 drives.
July 19th, 2007, 11:50 PM
takes at least 3 drives.
2 drives. Your motherboard should be able to do it on-board (most do nowadays).
July 20th, 2007, 02:03 AM
I dunno, I'm pretty sure raid 5 requires 3 or more drives, an extra one for parity for data recovery. You can only do raid 0 or 1 with 2 drives.
July 20th, 2007, 02:01 PM
being new to vfx and only a hobbyist, a RAID is probably a bit much. If you were going to be freelancing from home for film output (2K and 4K), I'd maybe go the RAID route. I think for video you're fine.
July 20th, 2007, 02:45 PM
i agree with hype
i would invest my money in an extra gig of ram instead of a RAID setup realy. If the vfx stuff works out he can still upgrade to a RAID setup
July 20th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Raid 5 is 3 drives and you wouldnt want to use raid 5 with just 3 drives for speed.
Raid 0 your satas and just keep them clean and backup daily
July 21st, 2007, 02:35 AM
Thanks very much guys! Although i didn't really get what "raid" setups you're talking about, i seem to have become pretty much satisfied with my current config.
I actually got 2 SATA drives and one SATA2 drive. The first SATA is my Windows drive. The other one and the SATA2 are my video/audio HDDs, because i've been in the audio thing for 4 years already and i know how to manage those big files. Though i got struck when i found out about the uncompressed video format sizes lol but we all have our first times.
See you later, guys/gals
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