Hey there guys. I recently purchased two base level Mac Pro 5.1 machines to humbly begin my company's video department. The specs of these machines are: 2.8GHz Quad Core (Nehalem) 8GB RAM 1TB Stock HD ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Card The next step in the months to follow is upgrading the machines and improving their performance. I didn't have the budget to do it all at once, as buying the machines, displays, etc. was quite the upfront expense for us I'm hoping that the expertise of this forum will assist me with a few things. Currently, our primary uses are Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Media Encoder. We record videos, add effects to them as needed, and render them in high quality for YouTube. Lowering render times is a big priority for us. 1) What kind of upgrade path would give me the most yield? RAM first, then Solid State internal drive, then graphics card? Or is there a better order? 2) How can we optimize the performance of these machines within these programs themselves? I've heard a lot about changing settings within Premiere and/or Encoder to decrease render times. I haven't touched any settings yet, so it's a clean install of all the CC software. Any help here would be so greatly appreciated. If anyone has further questions, please let me know and I'll answer them promptly! For those interested, this is a continuation of this process.