Adobe After Effects can make use of multiple CPU cores quite efficiently for multi-frame rendering, but speed is still the most important factor. We would recommend the fastest CPU available that still has a decent core count. Not all user workflows are the same though, so be sure and contact us for an optimized configuration.
The amount of memory you will need depends on how many programs you will have open at any given time alongside After Effects, as well as the resolution and color bit depth of the video files that you will be working with. Also note that multi-frame rendering benefits from additional RAM. A good starting point in deciding how much RAM you should go for would be to check your current usage via Windows Task Manager.
After Effects does not require an especially powerful GPU, but keep in mind that more VRAM is beneficial for multi-frame rendering. Adobe does not require a workstation grade GPU (Nvidia Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro), but some users may appreciate the additional VRAM they provide. In most cases, we would recommend a Nvidia GeForce card for the greatest value.
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