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GrizzleFX says

Hey!

I am upgrading my computer but I am not sure what to upgrade first (because I don’t have much money). My main goal is to make After Effects render faster and smoother, especially because i just downloaded Mettle’s “Shapeshifter” plugin. My computer specs:
  • Memory: 2×2gb (4gb) 4 slots available total
  • Processor: AMD Athlon II x4 @3.00Ghz.
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4200 .
  • Please leave some suggestions on what you think I should upgrade, i’m sure there are people here with experience with this kind of situation. Thanks -Graham
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DOGmotion says

My suggestion: First, upgrate your memory to 8 or 12 gb… even 16 gb Then your processor (if you had money)... And only after that upgrade your video card.

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VinhSonNguyen says

Yes, definitely upgrade that RAM , 4GB is extremely bare minimum. It’s also the cheapest to upgrade :)

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DoubleX says

Is that RAM DDR2 or DDR3 ? Does it support 2×8GB modules or only 2×2x2GB? RAM is nice place to start, but lately you’ll need to upgrade your cpu and you didn’t tell us what motherboard you have :) I’ve recently upgraded to 3770k with 16 gigs of RAM and then I found out that 16gigs is not enough for combination multiple frame rendering + 8 cores, so I’m just about to upgrade to 32 gigs.

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yeremia says

I never use AMD Processor i always use Intel Processor.

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DoubleX says

I never use AMD Processor i always use Intel Processor.

Almost all of my projects were made on AMD Phenom II 955 X4 @ 3.2 Ghz…and working on it was fine, just fine. Only rendering time was about triple than what I have today. But still, I believe AMD offers better performance for its price.

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MartinProUser says

+1 for intel ,

get the new intel processor and you will so happy with the results,ive been on AMD and its death to work with.Also get minimum 16 gb ram and good GPU .

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GrizzleFX says

haha this is turning into an Intel v. AMD thread :D. Personally I go with AMD because like DoubleX said you get more for less money. However I do think the performance and reliability of Intel’s chips is better. Also thanks for everyone’s suggestions, I’m ordering 2×8gb (16gb total) DDR3 . :)

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