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    Help needed buying a new PC - After Effects - My Laptop is the slowest thing on Earth.....

    I need a computer that can cope with previews and rendering in After Effects better than my current 3 year old Dell Laptop. Any good computers about for around £500? + Should I enter the unknown and try a mac? (doubtful at this price)

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    You'd have to have a lot of luck finding a Mac at £500, and with the premium you pay for them, you're either going to have to shell out a lot more cash than you'd hoped, or take a pretty heft drop in spec, so sticking with PC is probably the best way to go. What is it you're looking at though, desktop or laptop?

    Original Poster

    Proberly desktop as I'm presuming I'll be able to get more spec for the price. I hear what your saying about Mac prices....

    You'd need to be looking at a Mac Pro, or Macbook Pro to handle After Effects, depending on what you are actually doing on it. You'd be hard pressed to get one for £500, but you could probably get a second hand MBP for something like?

    You'll be glad you moved over to a mac. If you're near an Apple Store, go in and ask for a demo of After Effects or Final Cut Pro (if they have one setup).

    Matrixblade;5948159

    Proberly desktop as I'm presuming I'll be able to get more spec for the … Proberly desktop as I'm presuming I'll be able to get more spec for the price. I hear what your saying about Mac prices....



    Aye. Nice looking computers, but the prices aren't half steep. If you're happy to go wit PC desktop, do you think you'd be up to the task of self-building, or would you rather buy something from someone like Dell?

    £500 wont get much, The guy I use for all my video production, recently showed me his new custom monster spec desktop, costing a cool 4K and even with that he still renders overnight.

    dcx_badass;5948672

    Yes it will unless you're doing full lenth HD hollywood films.For £500 … Yes it will unless you're doing full lenth HD hollywood films.For £500 you could quite happily get a decent intel quad core, 4gb ram, decent gpu and a few hard drives.



    +1

    my £600 sony vaio has no problems for what I do and I use a lot of m2ts direct from the camera.

    Always leave my stuff rendering overnight anyway, just make sure for your previews your viewing them at half/third resolution and do it in sections.

    If you break down your comps and work up an effecient use of pre-compositions it'll cut down on rendering time.

    *tip* when you've finished a project empty your video cache (User:Document:Adobe:After Effects you'll find it doesnt auto delete so it just piles up, I ended up with about 100GB of stuff in there I didnt need again.

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    milesy29;5948247

    You'll be glad you moved over to a mac



    Would love to but as dxx mentioned, they are steep.

    dxx;5948309

    If you're happy to go wit PC desktop, do you think you'd be up to the … If you're happy to go wit PC desktop, do you think you'd be up to the task of self-building, or would you rather buy something from someone like Dell?



    I used to build my own systems but I reckon I wasn't any good at it as I was always running into problems so a pre-build one is the way forward.

    MinstrelMan;5949509

    *tip* when you've finished a project empty your video cache … *tip* when you've finished a project empty your video cache (User:Document:Adobe:After Effects you'll find it doesnt auto delete so it just piles up, I ended up with about 100GB of stuff in there I didnt need again.



    Interesting. Would this also take up further space on your HDD?

    Original Poster

    Even when previewing at quarter it is super, super slow - Damn you Andrew Kramer with your super-fast computer (still a fan though) ......... :-D

    Matrixblade;5950970

    Even when previewing at quarter it is super, super slow - Damn you Andrew … Even when previewing at quarter it is super, super slow - Damn you Andrew Kramer with your super-fast computer (still a fan though) ......... :-D



    lol he did the titles for the new star wars, so he has the dosh to buy the equipment.

    yeah I just empty it after every job to free up memory.

    Original Poster

    Right guys and girls, I've posted this as a deal and I'm considering this:-

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    What do you think?

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    dcx_badass;5990829

    Looks ok, but for video editing a quad core is better suited to you, … Looks ok, but for video editing a quad core is better suited to you, especially as CS4 supports them, also you want two hard drives, one to work from and one to export to that will speed it up, but you can buy the extra hard drive easily yourself so that's not a problem.



    Cheers dcx, I didn't add the VAT either so it has gone up in price. Will look out for quad core.

    Might be worth checking out eBuyer, I saw one on here they were selling for about £500 and it was a pretty damn good machine for the price.

    Although if your including a monitor in the price, then you might struggle. A decent monitor alone will cost anywhere from £150-£400 which out of a £500 budget is going to make a massive dent.

    Original Poster

    Will this one be any good and simply purchase a better PSU and graphics card? (A mate has offered me his monitor he doesn't use)
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