FAQ: What computer and components should I buy for Premiere Pro or After Effects?

See this video for a discussion of the various components required:

Overview of System Requirements (for CS5.5)

 

See this page for the official minimum system requirements for Premiere Pro.

See this page for the official minimum system requirements for After Effects.

 

Note that the minimum system requirements are just that: a minimum to run the software. You will need components that exceed the minimum system requirements to achieve satisfactory performance in many cases.

 

These resources are also excellent starting points for informing such decisions:

 

Specific to the questions of certain kinds of components:

 

Also see these resources:

optimizing for performance: Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects

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