The Best Computer For Adobe After Effects / Premiere Pro


What is the best computer for film making and visual effects? What CPU, graphics card and memory should you get?
In this video I take you through my new computer build and I discuss what to look out for when buying the ‘best’ computer for Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.

I get asked this question a lot on my main channel and since Celina bought me a new computer for Christmas (I chose the parts, she paid the bill), I decided to create this video to take you through the components that I bought and why they are good for film making and visual effects.

Don’t get me wrong, when my old computer wasn’t giving me hardware issues (likely a faulty motherboard), it was a strong machine targeted at After Effects and Premiere Pro. If you are running on a bit of a budget, I can still highly recommend my old machine. If you have a bit more cash to spare, consider some of the pieces I got for my new machine.

My old computer was:

Intel i7-2700K 3.5Ghz CPU
Geforce GTX 560 Graphics Card
16GB Ripjaws DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3R Motherboard
Vertex OCZ 256GB SSD
SanDisk Extreme 256GB SSD
2 x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue (Mirrored)
2 x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green

My new computer is:

Intel i7-4790K 4Ghz ‘Devil’s Canyon’ CPU
Geforce GTX 760OC (2GB) Graphics Card
16GB Ripjaws DDR3 1600Mhz RAM
Asus Z97 Mark 2 Motherboard
Vertex OCZ 256GB SSD
SanDisk Extreme 480 SSD
2 x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue (Mirrored)
2 x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green



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  1. Техно Макс says

    стабизатор купи ну писец картинка

  2. Micro Doulo says

    hello Sr, what is the best video card for rending video after effect?

  3. Baban Suryawanshi says

    Sir.Which operating system (OS) best for AE & PR. Win 10 OR Win 8.1 ?I'm using i7-8gen.

  4. suman digital says


  5. QHD Studios says

    I'm going to built a new pc…..Intel core i7k 8700k16 GB memory DDR4 24002TB HARDDISK250GB SSD WD600W SMPS.C.M4GB GRAPHICS CARD 105DTIC.M PROCESSOR FAN -212Are These good for editing in Adobe ae and 3dsmaxTotal cost……$1672.86

  6. Ayush V Nair says

    u got aa pc as gift. my god my. most expensive gift i got was a cricket bat

  7. Aakriti Shakya says

    how much qatar reyel

  8. QHD Studios says

    How much is total cost

  9. TheGalacticWest says

    i prefer 64 gigs of ram. i dont have that but i can wish.

  10. Galova says

    cud damm as owl

  11. Njoya Habila says

    All of that must cost alot…..

  12. Rishi dhiman says

    This guy look like vision…

  13. Gaurav PCE/CE/14/038 says

    Hey! I've a PC with the Configuration Intel Core i5 7400 @ 3.00G4 Hz4gb Geforce GTX 1050Ti Gddr58gb Hyper X RAM DDR4gigabyte b150m-d3h-cfsamsung 250gb + 250gb SSDWDC 1TB HDDis it good for the VFX design?

  14. Delusion Games says

    Hey this is great but i recommend next time you use thermal paste with the cpu and cooler !

  15. Kevin Watson says

    This video makes me dizzy and feels like I am going to have a seizure !

  16. Luke Wyn-Harris says

    Did you fry anything, as you are working on carpet which would fry most hardware?

  17. Ibrahim Sabbagh says

    Hello, so what it the best computer considering the budget now in 2017??Just to be enough not to be so good that make pro videos just 10 or 5 min video…Thank you in advancei have searched already but it looks complicated with so many options

  18. PASKALSGYM says

    Is 16 gb of ram really enough for you ?

  19. Sanju says

    except the CPU I got same computer as you

  20. Young Steel Da Beast says

    damn just looking at this video, make it seems like u gotta be a millionaire just to run a graphic program. smh. I'm so discouraged now

  21. Digital Movie says

    hello there I was working with indesign and now "OMG" i have getting these heavy projects like 4000 products or 8000 products for catalogs. I'm using | i5@4th generation | 16ddr3 | no graphic card | hdd 5200 rpm | i know its a quite out dated pc but untill i know which is best to handle these heavy loads of graphics i don't want to waste my money.So , if you can help me that what kind of machine (desktop) i use to mange such a heavy load graphics in indesign. would be really helpfull for anyone who is facing this kind of problem,really looking forward to your answer cheers

  22. Krešimir Matovina says


  23. Kit Chan says

    Thank you…

  24. somerandomguy fromthestreet says

    My current system i5 2500,6gb ram ddr3 1330,xfx hd5870 1gddr5 renders 4-5min vdeos at 720-1080 30-60fps for 3h. I'm thinking to get a work station Dell Precision T5500 with Intel Xeon Quad-Core X5687 12gb ram ddr3 and amd firepro v5900 will it be faster???

  25. Uriel Ya’ari says

    @surfacedstudio2 hey can you please send me a complete list of you computer set up I want to build the same computer you did case included

  26. richcali21 says

    This is a bad choice for editing…I built my workstation 6 months after this one was built but this guy will have to update soon because he chose older parts and only a 2GB GPU which for editing is very restrictive. I used a true Workstation motherboard Asus Z10PE-D16WS with a 10 core Xeon CPU E5 2660v3 and I ran a quadro K2200 but the cuda cores was low so I jumped up to the GTX980 but will be changing that to a GTX1080Ti until the latest 12GB/24GB Quadro ends up in my price range. I run 64GB's of ECC ram and I run 1 Samsung V-nand 950 Pro M.2 with 512GB's and 4 850 EVO 250GBs in raid0 and one 1TB SSD and a 3TB HDD this allows me separate fast drives for Premiere Pro to have different choices for all the cache and media choices. The Ram is 64GB's and premiere pro will use all but 6GB's if you let it and even more ram will be used soon. I like to use 4 to 6 Adobe titles when I am editing and the ten cores allows me to do this easily. I only run one CPU but down the road a bit I will be adding the second CPU and then will have 20 cores. This cost me double what he spent but I have the option to add a second CPU and tons more ram with 12 more slots available when needed instead of having to replace the system with a new one. I am sure he is sorry for his choices but cost may have been a big factor. My rig was $3,500 for the basics and now with more ram and the 6 SSD's and better GPU I am at $6,000. I expect this system to last me 8 to 10 years. He said this is a fancy system but I disagree it seems very low end

  27. MURA PA BASURA says

    very nice

  28. Justin Brewer says

    Is there anything I can do to make my Macbook Pro faster in premier? I always seem to have laggy playback, even after rendering.. (i'm new to this)

  29. Justin Brewer says

    Would you mind mentioning the final cost of your whole set up?


    i use dell pentium 4 dimension 3100 with 3ghz processer is it good or bad?

  31. NoVxture says

    OMG there are so many things he said and did that are incorrect or not the proper order.

  32. GamingFreak076 says

    980ti says not supported for acceleration (cuda) pfff.. i can enable it tho but it doesnt seem any faster!

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