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Baha.Habashy [Avatar]
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I wonder if you could give me your advice regarding my PC using PowerDirector16.

• My PC is 5 year old. The CPU is Intel Core I5 4460S it has 8GB DDR3 RAM.Using Windows 10Pro

My questions is, would I gain any performance improvement on video editing if I:

• Add 8GB to 16GB

• Add a cheap video card AMD Radeon HD 7470

Thank you.
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In all honesty neither of those choices is going to make much difference. The main issue is that your CPU isn't very powerful and getting almost any new system (or a used system that's less than 2 years old) will do more for you than anything else.

Using shadow files will help with editing and previewing performance with your current system.

The passmark score for your CPU is <4500 and the minimum recommended score for working with PD is 10,000. I'd strongly recommend 20k or higher if you're working with 4K clips or doing serious editing. The more cores it has, the better.

When it comes to producing, having a decent GPU can significantly reduce the time it takes PD to create the finished video. I have no experience with AMD GPUs, but this table for nVidia cards may help. PD uses the NVENC section of the GPU and not any of the gaming bells and whistles, so you can get the cheapest card that offers the encoding you need (H.264/AVC or H.265/HEVC.
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