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Building a PC: Premiere Pro SSD configuration Challenge - SATA vs. NVMe

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Aug 23, 2018 Aug 23, 2018

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Thanks in advance! This is a challenge only because of my limited budget...

A. Storage

Tasks: I mainly edit XVAC 4K 30fps footages shot with SONY A7 series mirrorless using Premiere Pro (CS6 though), occasionally AE. So far none of my projects exceeds 100GB of size. My priority is smooth playback and workflow without drop frames.

Specs of the PC I'm going to build:

-CPU: i7-8700

-RAM: 16GB

-GPU: GTX770

Due to budget, I am considering these storage options :

a. 1x SATA III 500GB (for OS and project files)

b. 1x SATA III (for OS); 1x SATA III (for project files)

c. 1x M.2 (for OS and project files)

d. 1x M.2 (for OS); 1x SATA III (for project files)

e. 1x SATA III (for OS); 1x M.2 (for project files)

Note: Except option (a), the above M.2 refers to "Samsung EVO 970 NVMe", while SATA III referes to "Samsung EVO 860 SATA III", and project files include all footages and caches etc. I back up every project to my HDD so I don't need a large SSD for project files.

Questions:

1. Which option would you recommend?

2. Is the single SATA III fast enough to handle my editing process?

3. Is the single M.2 III fast enough to handle my editing process?

4. Do I need a M.2 to run my OS and Premiere Pro? Or a SATA III will be fast enough? (Boot time not a problem for me at all; playback response is.)

5. Do I need a M.2 to store my project files? Or a SATA III will be fast enough?

B. Here is my current PC's spec.

CPU: i5-4440

Motherboard: Asus Z97-K

RAM: 16GB

GPU: GTX770 (well I will keep this anyway)

A friend of mine said, to avoid my 4K playback drop frames, the only hardware upgrade I need is an SSD. Is that true??! (Just seeing if I can keep some money on more LED panels and lenses...)

Any advice will be appreciated!

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Aug 23, 2018 Aug 23, 2018

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jeffreywanhc  wrote

CPU: i5-4440

Motherboard: Asus Z97-K

RAM: 16GB

GPU: GTX770

A friend of mine said, to avoid my 4K playback drop frames, the only hardware upgrade I need is an SSD. Is that true??!

No. You will need to upgrade the processor, RAM, and possibly the graphics card.

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Thanks for the assurance! I think I will go for the spec listed in section A.

Yet at this point I will just keep the GPU as my usage never exceeds 30% and I don't see any prompt needs to change it now.

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You should consider 32 GB RAM. 

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