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Please help a new Premiere user pick the right specs for his PC

New Here ,
Jun 18, 2019 Jun 18, 2019

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Hello everyone

I am going to try and keep this as simple as possible.

I plan to get a new PC soon and I am driving myself a bit crazy trying to find the right combination of specs. Here are my questions. Keep in mind I will be editing HD 24,30,60fps and hopefully one day 4K in the same FPS. It will be mostly business videos with talking heads and some lower thirds, transitions and minor graphics.

1. In terms of processor vs video card, which is really more important? For instance, is an i5-9400F 2.9 Turbo boost up to 4.1 ghz / 9MB Cache / with Front Side Bus 8GT/s / H310 motherboard with an Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB DDR5 better than an i7 8700 3.ghz turbo boost 4.6 ghz  / 12mb cache but with an integrated intel UHD Graphics 630 card? I just want to know for my purposes if I will notice such a huge difference between the i5 and i7? My gut tells me to go with i5 since it is 9th gen and it already comes with the GTX1650.

Each unit would have 16gb DDR 4-2666 (upgradable to 32gb)  and the i7 would have a 500 gb SSD while the i5 would have a 250gb ssd. I am not so concerned with storage as that can always be upgraded later.

2. Is it really a good idea to have a separate SSD strictly for programs and footage while having the other SSD solely for Windows 10?

3. I realize that this is a Premiere forum, but does anyone here know if these specs (either machine) would be fine also for After Effects, Photoshop and Captivate?

Thank you so much to anyone who can help me decide!

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LEGEND ,
Jun 18, 2019 Jun 18, 2019

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First thing to remember ... Premiere is built around the CPU use. So more cores (up to10-12) is more better ... but speed of cores is also important. Preferably as close to 4Ghz as possible.

Then you need enough RAM for the work you do to keep that CPU running. Which can be between 5-10Gb/core depending.

A GPU that can match what the CPU can throw at it is next. This is a fun one to tailor.

As to drives ... several fast SSD internal drives is good, one for OS, one for media, one for projects/cache files. Or one of several other ways to break up the pathways for work to proceed.

AND ... all on a mobo that isn't setup (as so many are!) to have slowdowns because of poor "lane routing".

The other folks on here can provide much more data than I can.

Neil

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Jun 18, 2019 Jun 18, 2019

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You may want to discuss a system with them:

https://www.pugetsystems.com/

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