New Computer for Vegas

MikeyDH wrote on 11/14/2022, 10:35 PM

I am looking for a new computer. Dell has the compact 3240 workstation that would be suitable for my small space. Would this be a good choice to run Vegas?

https://www.delltechnologies.com/asset/en-us/products/workstations/technical-support/precision-3240-compact-data-sheet.pdf

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RogerS wrote on 11/15/2022, 1:47 AM

This is a used machine? The processors are 3 generations old. I'd suggest something with a 13th generation Intel chip that has an integrated GPU for Vegas.

Custom PC (2022) Intel i5-13600K with UHD 770 iGPU with latest driver, MSI z690 Tomahawk motherboard, 64GB Corsair DDR5 5200 ram, NVIDIA 2080 Super (8GB) with latest studio driver, 2TB Hynix P41 SSD, Windows 11 Pro 64 bit

Dell XPS 15 laptop (2017) 32GB ram, NVIDIA 1050 (4GB) with latest studio driver, Intel i7-7700HQ with Intel 630 iGPU (latest available driver), dual internal SSD (1TB; 1TB), Windows 10 64 bit

VEGAS Pro 19.651
VEGAS Pro 20.411
VEGAS Pro 21.208

Try the
VEGAS 4K "sample project" benchmark: https://forms.gle/ypyrrbUghEiaf2aC7
VEGAS Pro 20 "Ad" benchmark: https://forms.gle/eErJTR87K2bbJc4Q7

EricLNZ wrote on 11/15/2022, 1:48 AM

Presumably you've looked at the recommended specifications for Vegas to see if your Dell meets them https://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/us/specifications/#productMenu

MikeyDH wrote on 11/15/2022, 5:58 AM

This is a used machine? The processors are 3 generations old. I'd suggest something with a 13th generation Intel chip that has an integrated GPU for Vegas.

Thank you. The machine is new. I have been looking for something for awhile. The confusion comes from the choices available and the combinations of such without breaking the bank. I've been tempted to get into a higher end computer with the specs I need, but is it necessary?

RogerS wrote on 11/15/2022, 6:04 AM

This computer seems to differentiate itself by being compact. Is that your main goal? The processor is old and newer ones are more powerful (and 13th gen more heat efficient than 11th gen). Try to find one with an integrated GPU as it works best in Vegas.

You don't really need a workstation class GPU for Vegas- consumer-grade ones are just fine. It's a decent time to buy used as well with the crash in mining and release of a new generation of NVIDIA GPUs.

I don't know what these computers go for but I just built one for about $1700 with the specs in my signature.

Custom PC (2022) Intel i5-13600K with UHD 770 iGPU with latest driver, MSI z690 Tomahawk motherboard, 64GB Corsair DDR5 5200 ram, NVIDIA 2080 Super (8GB) with latest studio driver, 2TB Hynix P41 SSD, Windows 11 Pro 64 bit

Dell XPS 15 laptop (2017) 32GB ram, NVIDIA 1050 (4GB) with latest studio driver, Intel i7-7700HQ with Intel 630 iGPU (latest available driver), dual internal SSD (1TB; 1TB), Windows 10 64 bit

VEGAS Pro 19.651
VEGAS Pro 20.411
VEGAS Pro 21.208

Try the
VEGAS 4K "sample project" benchmark: https://forms.gle/ypyrrbUghEiaf2aC7
VEGAS Pro 20 "Ad" benchmark: https://forms.gle/eErJTR87K2bbJc4Q7

MikeyDH wrote on 11/15/2022, 6:06 AM

Presumably you've looked at the recommended specifications for Vegas to see if your Dell meets them https://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/us/specifications/#productMenu

The machine meets the requirements as far as I can see. Just putting this out there to hopefully find a better road to travel. Nothing is written in stone to acquire this particular computer.

Dexcon wrote on 11/15/2022, 6:11 AM

To my mind, an important consideration is not only will the current Vegas Pro version work in the new computer, but as your new computer will likely last many years, will it be future proof as far as reasonably possible for future developments/releases in Vegas Pro?

Cameras: Sony FDR-AX100E; GoPro Hero 11 Black Creator Edition

Installed: Vegas Pro 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21, HitFilm Pro 2021.3, DaVinci Resolve Studio 18.5, BCC 2023.5, Mocha Pro 2023, Ignite Pro, NBFX TotalFX 7, Neat NR, DVD Architect 6.0, MAGIX Travel Maps, Sound Forge Pro 16, SpectraLayers Pro 11, iZotope RX10 Advanced and many other iZ plugins, Vegasaur 4.0

Windows 11

Dell Alienware Aurora 11

10th Gen Intel i9 10900KF - 10 cores (20 threads) - 3.7 to 5.3 GHz

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 - liquid cooled

64GB RAM - Dual Channel HyperX FURY DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz

C drive: 2TB Samsung 990 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD

D: drive: 4TB Samsung 870 SATA SSD (used for media for editing current projects)

E: drive: 2TB Samsung 870 SATA SSD

F: drive: 6TB WD 7200 rpm Black HDD 3.5"

Dell Ultrasharp 32" 4K Color Calibrated Monitor

Reyfox wrote on 11/15/2022, 6:21 AM

Maybe this is just "me", but I've always found the "recommended" specs are usually too low to have a good editing experience with today's and possibly tomorrow's footage.

Yes, if you are editing 720/1080P, it's ok. But with the proliferation of 4K, even the "recommended" 4K specs, which will work, can be frustrating when performance isn't smooth.

 

MikeyDH wrote on 11/15/2022, 6:23 AM

To my mind, an important consideration is not only will the current Vegas Pro version work in the new computer, but as your new computer will likely last many years, will it be future proof as far as reasonably possible for future developments/releases in Vegas Pro?

That is the very reason I need an upgrade to something new. I had my HP Media Center PC since 2008. It ran Vegas quite well up until VP17 where it started to choke. It does very poor with Vegas 19. No processing power to keep up with the requirements needed for the software. Time for something new.

 

RogerS wrote on 11/15/2022, 7:10 AM

As a data point here are results from a benchmark for Vegas. You can compare different hardware combinations here and also sort so that you only see Intel CPUs, etc. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1b3ggVifKsuT-cp2kQHjum_KnQ4-2jBmUIvzmu7BQZ34/

Custom PC (2022) Intel i5-13600K with UHD 770 iGPU with latest driver, MSI z690 Tomahawk motherboard, 64GB Corsair DDR5 5200 ram, NVIDIA 2080 Super (8GB) with latest studio driver, 2TB Hynix P41 SSD, Windows 11 Pro 64 bit

Dell XPS 15 laptop (2017) 32GB ram, NVIDIA 1050 (4GB) with latest studio driver, Intel i7-7700HQ with Intel 630 iGPU (latest available driver), dual internal SSD (1TB; 1TB), Windows 10 64 bit

VEGAS Pro 19.651
VEGAS Pro 20.411
VEGAS Pro 21.208

Try the
VEGAS 4K "sample project" benchmark: https://forms.gle/ypyrrbUghEiaf2aC7
VEGAS Pro 20 "Ad" benchmark: https://forms.gle/eErJTR87K2bbJc4Q7