Hardware We Recommend for Adobe After Effects CC
Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your computer...you'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.
Adobe After Effects CC Workstation Overview
Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K
We chose the i9-9900K for its top-end single-core performance. The i9-9900K also has a very competitive multithreaded performance, which is helpful in situations that can use several CPU threads.
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4
To ensure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket air cooler. While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings. Air coolers are also more reliable, as they don't have a pump that can fail. If the fan on this air cooler fails, the system has enough internal cooling to allow you to quickly order a new fan, and finish your work. That being said, higher-end closed-loop liquid coolers do come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Designare
Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from Gigabyte. This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, two PCI 3.0 slots, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 128GB of memory.
Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB DDR4-2666
We went with 64GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips. This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications.
Storage (Hard Drives): HP EX920 512GB NVME + HP EX920 1TB NVME + WD Red 2TB HDD
The main storage NVME SSD, project/caching NVME SSD, and archival HDD were chosen for their high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.
Video Card (GPU): EVGA RTX 2070 8GB XC GAMING Video Card
The video card was chosen for its large memory capacity, CUDA count, and support for 4K resolution. This video card has a very capable aftermarket cooling solution, and will prevent any sort of thermal throttling from taking place. From our experience, most operations in After Effects do not benefit more from more powerful video cards.
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro M TG Mid-Tower Case
The case was chosen for its high build quality, room for plenty of high-end hardware, and incredible amount of cooling potential.
Fans: 3x Phanteks PH-F120MP
We have selected a set of high-quality pressure-optimized fans to ensure sufficient airflow in the case to keep the system stable under heavy load. Having high quality fans also means less noise, even when the fans are spinning at high RPM.
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W GQ
The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load. Using a high quality power supply means better power delivery, and cleaner power. Messy power can result in a system failure, corruption of data, or even a hardware crash.