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Assembling the Best Computer to Optimize Adobe After Effects

If you are planning on taking up freelance work right after finishing your visual effects courses in Singapore, you want to make sure that you first invest in bringing together an excellent computer system that sustains the use of Adobe After Effects and other supporting software and features.

Here are a few considerations you need to take –

Budget versus the Power of the System

Soon after finishing your visual effects courses, you may not have sufficient budgets to invest in high end systems. Unfortunately, the primary problem here is that the best system for you is also often the most expensive one. It may be tempting for you to stretch yourself a little and get that 128GB RAM, the faster reading and writing SSD and the Geforce GTX 980, but before you jump the gun, you want to ask yourself –

Do I really need all of this?

How much am I willing to spend?

Depending on the answers to these questions, you will be able to come across thousands of permutations and combinations that allow you to buy a system that contains all the important elements that you may need for effective visual effects design or film making. Some of these important elements include –

The CPU

If you are mainly going to work only on Adobe After Effects, a major part of your consideration should focus on the quality of the CPU. Even though this software does support CUDA technology and makes good use of the GPU’s processing power, a major aspect of the work you do will still need the support of the CPU.

Get yourself a robust multi-core processor that suits your budget. Since a lot of your time on the software will go into previewing and rending the effects, the CPU plays a critical role in the quality of work you do. Try to channel a major chunk of your budget here.

The RAM

Adobe After Effects are often considered to be RAM guzzlers. While you may be okay with a 4GB RAM initially, you will eventually need more support as soon as you start working on more complex visual effects with a variety of layers. It is reccomended that you go for atleast 8GB worth of RAM and make sure that it comes with a ‘multi-chanel’ architecture.

The Hard Drives

If you are able to afford it, you are strongly recommended to invest in an SSD instead of a conventional HDD. These solid state drives come without spinning disks that need to magnetically read and write heads to navigate. In the long run they work like your RAM and tend to be very fast compared to traditional hard drives.

Finally, you also need to account for your motherboard and SATA III. Motherboards are able to handle rather heavy loads of work and come with a strong focus on raw computing power. In addition to the CPU socket support, you want to also accommodate for the right plugs for you CPU and the right DIMM slots for your RAM.
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