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killertink says

So, I finally had the time to play a bit with my new workstation.

For comparable results, I did some after effects benchmarks.

1. slashcam-Benchmark, can be found here: http://benchmark.slashcam.de/

My new workstation: 71 seconds in CS6. a pretty good result.

For comparison: My old “workstation”, my Laptop with i5 2430M and 8GB RAM needs 190 seconds.

2. CS6 CUDA Benchmark: http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/2/1019120
This Benchmark tests mainly the GPU.

my new workstation (GTX 660 TI OC 3GB DDR5): 9 minutes 28 seconds – a GTX670 with 2GB DDR5 RAM should be significantly faster (7minutes) and is about the same price, you might consider to get that one instead.

my laptop: forever (no GPU)

I will stick to my GPU now because I don’t want to mess with the running system again, also I guess the 1GB more GPU-RAM will pay off using Element 3D.

3. Total Benchmark by Brian Maffit: http://www.media-motion.tv/aebenchmarks.html

new workstation:
first part: 9 seconds,
second part: 2 minutes 27 seconds.

I’m wondering if I did anything wrong with this test, it shouldn’t take this long for the second part.

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to work on templates recently, but I will come back and talk a bit more about the overall performance while working in AE.

Hey Tobi! Thanks a lot. I haven’t had the chance to check anything on here recently. I also got my setup a couple of weeks ago. Here’s what I ended up with:

i7 3820, Asus x79 Sabertooth, Asus 660Ti 2G 192Bit DDR5, Intel SSD 240G, WD Caviar Black 1TB, Gskills (2×8) RAM, Corsair 850W Power Supply, Corsair Carbide case, and an LG 23-inch LED.

I am really new to this and I’m trying to have a crash course on just about everything. :D Thanks to everyone who helped me, especially to you, Tobi! :)

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killertink says

Ok, I’ve spent 1800€ (around 2300 dollar) for my workstation but you can go with around the same specs at your budget I guess.

These are my specs:

  • i7 3820
  • AsRock X79 Extreme 6
  • 4×8GB Corsair 1600mhz cl10 RAM low profile
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce 2X OC, 3GB GDDR5
  • 256gb samsung ssd
  • 3×1,5TB Seagate Barracuda Green (for Raid 5)
  • 730w beQuiet! PSU
  • Thermaltake WaterCooler 2.0 Performer
  • Fractal Design Define R4 Case

I wait for the delivery but I will tell you how good it works as soon as I’ve set it up.

I’m going to use the SSD for OS and programs. I will insert another SSD for AE Cache. The 3 1.5TB HDDs are going to be in Raid 5 and will be the main media storage drive.

Most people say it’s good to have 1 drive for os, 1 drive for programs, 1 for output, 1 for media and 1 for project files. essentially, everything you need at one time while working in ae should be on a different drive.

Hi Tobi! Do you already have your new PC build? :)

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killertink says

yes I work fulltime mainly in AE and I consider my specs as sufficient for professional work.

I think with 2000 dollar you can built the same machine as I did, maybe save some money on case and cooling, also i’ve spent 100€ for services.

Currently I’m working on my i5 laptop with 8gb ram and I can get the job done, so there’s really no need to spend so much money if you just want to try out AE and don’t use the computing power for anything else.

Thank you so much, Tobi. :) You’ve been very helpful!

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killertink says

Any option you choose from the earlier ones will be a good one and very sufficient to learn and use After Effects so don’t worry about the little details too much.

THIS HELPED ME A LOT. The words I’ve been waiting to hear! LOL. Thank you very much, Esko! :)

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killertink says

Couldn’t argue with either choice A or B. The extra RAM certainly helps. I have a sad, sad 4GB, nearly half of which is consumed by Windows 7 – yet I’m still able to get by.

As for the motherboard there are really only a few things you need to look for: 1. Make sure your motherboard matches up with your CPU socket type (something like LGA 1155) 2. Make sure your motherboard’s memory standard matches your DDR memory (1333) or something

Pretty much it.. As long as those match, you can use any motherboard.

Thanks! :) Eitherway, I will get an ASUS MoBo. I am all set with ASUS. I was confused with which type to get. They have the PRO, MAXIMUS, SABERTOOTH… So maybe I’ll just get the PRO? Because it’s cheaper? And just make sure they match with my RAM and Processor, like you said. ;) Thanks a bunch!

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killertink says

another thing to look out for: Win7 Home Premium supports only up to 16GB RAM. That’s why I’ve ordered Win7 Professional.

Thanks for this info. I had no clue about this. So, I will take Win7 Pro 64-bit FPP. :)

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killertink says

Ok, I’ve spent 1800€ (around 2300 dollar) for my workstation but you can go with around the same specs at your budget I guess.

These are my specs:

  • i7 3820
  • AsRock X79 Extreme 6
  • 4×8GB Corsair 1600mhz cl10 RAM low profile
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti Windforce 2X OC, 3GB GDDR5
  • 256gb samsung ssd
  • 3×1,5TB Seagate Barracuda Green (for Raid 5)
  • 730w beQuiet! PSU
  • Thermaltake WaterCooler 2.0 Performer
  • Fractal Design Define R4 Case

I wait for the delivery but I will tell you how good it works as soon as I’ve set it up.

I’m going to use the SSD for OS and programs. I will insert another SSD for AE Cache. The 3 1.5TB HDDs are going to be in Raid 5 and will be the main media storage drive.

Most people say it’s good to have 1 drive for os, 1 drive for programs, 1 for output, 1 for media and 1 for project files. essentially, everything you need at one time while working in ae should be on a different drive.

Oh thanks a lot! yeah, please don’t forget to let me know. :) Maybe I can expand my storage after a while? Still need to save money for additional HDDs or SSDs. So just to hit that $2000 budget, I will settle with 1 SSD and 1 HDD for now. :confusedsad:

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killertink says

I’m turning 23 in January! :)

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killertink says

also what you should look out for is a good hdd setup. if you want one big hdd for your os, programs and media, you will kill all your processing power.

Oh right! I forgot to put my storage. LOL.

I was planning to buy Intel SSD 240G for my OS and apps, and WD 1TB Black for storage. LOL. Sorry. Is this alright?

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killertink says

Hi I’ve just ordered a new workstation for After Effects, so maybe I can help you.

First of all, it’s good to know your budget.

For After Effects itself, CPU and RAM are most important. For some plugins and especially for 3D renders, the GPU is very important.

Quadro is a pro card. It’s reliable, that’s what you pay for. For most uses a “cheap” desktop card has the better performance.

You can never have enough RAM for AE, I went with 32GB in my workstation. If you want to use all 8 Threads of your processor, 16gb are not enough.

Thanks! :) Yes, this really helps a lot. Ok, so I have to add some RAM in there…

My budget is $2000, give or take. :stress:

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