Looking for new Windows PC advice for Camtasia 2022



  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    I use a 10 year old i5 8GB laptop with a 235GB SSD; it seems to get along with Camtasia 2022.3.0. just fine; I use Camtasia about 6 hours every day

    do you have a SSD?

    TechSmith has recommendations on their web site; start there

    I'd also recommending contacting tech support for their suggestions

    this forum had many posts indicating issues when using Camtasia 2022 with some pretty powerful systems, so choose discretely?

    you could try upgrading your current system drive to an SSD [they are pretty inexpensive], and going to 16GB RAM? a good graphics processor can possibly help too

    I've been investigating getting a new system; thinking of a next gen i9 laptop with 16GB RAM, strong GPU, and at least a 2TB SSD; I work with a 32" external monitor



  • Moodlefairy

    Ah thanks I checked - it is HDD. Actually to be precise it is an all in one ideacentre AIO 529-24IKL.

    I am debating whether to continue with all in ones (which fit my sittting/standing desk better or whether to go for a tower, if it would mean better performance. I don't know.

  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    I suspect a "tower" would be more flexible in the long run; I know that Lenovo makes mini towers

    Although more expensive, I actually prefer a laptop because it will keep running if there is a power failure [no need to get a UPS]

  • Here's Johnny

    I recommend a desktop/tower.

    Laptops and All-in-ones limit you to death. If you want to upgrade the monitor, you’re stuck with what’s in front of you. You can hook up another monitor but that’s true regardless.

    Towers are easy to work on, upgrade, etc.

    Laptops and All-in-ones, not so much. The motherboards leave little to no expansion slots for upgrades and taking them apart can be tricky.

    In this day and age, 8GB of RAM isn’t much. Any less and high performance and multi-tasking becomes more difficult.

     Windows 10 consumes about 4GB of RAM out the gate. That’s bare bones Windows. Programs and browsers closed.

    Browsers can hit 1GB if you open a few tabs.

    Ram is not a high-ticket item these days. I recommend 32 to cover the bases. You can render a video and surf the web simultaneously with other programs open. { Within reason }

    You should run a discrete graphics card with its own memory. 4GB minimum. 6 to 8 preferred. Cheapo graphics cards use your system RAM which is slower than dedicated VRAM located on the graphics card. That’s why they’re so cheap.

     Integrated graphics use system RAM also.

    You can get a processor that’s 4 or 5 times more powerful than yours without spending a ton of money. What you get in return is a treat and powerful enough.

    The motherboards and power supplies required for all this cost a bit more than a standard build.

    You can get one with 1 SSD and install more yourself. Or, get it all done in one Chabang through a custom build. A custom build is the way to go in my opinion.

    A well built tower should last 10+ years without a hitch and up to 15 or more.

    Manufactures like Dell and HP have proprietary features built into them. Changing a fan to an aftermarket fan might not work. It’s usually the cheapest way to custom built a computer. You call and talk to a salesman and tell them what you’re doing and want to achieve. You should either get everything you want upfront because of their propriety nature or ensure the power supply and motherboard will accommodate upgrades later.

    You can get a powerhouse tower for $2,000 to $3,000 depending on features. You need a monitor and peripherals to boot.

    With black Friday and cyber-Monday coming, it’s a great time to make some phone calls.

    Best of luck

  • Here's Johnny

    As an example..........

    I configured this Black Friday $500 off Dell. 


    It has a strong graphics card at a reasonable price. 1, 1TB NVMe SSD and 32 GB of RAM. A 12 core processor with 20 threads.

    In a side by side comparison the CPU is 600+% stronger than yours. See this comparison webpage..://technical.city/en/cpu/Core-i5-7400T-vs-Core-i7-12700K

    I would upgrade to 2 additional internal SSD's.

    Its best to keep your editing/project media on a drive separate from the main/C drive and render your videos to another drive separate from the media drive and C drive.

    You can get the necessary cables, a proper cage and I recommend Samsung EVO drives. Keep away from the QVO's. There not nearly as good.

    This is just a suggestion, but for under $2,000. If my XPS needed replacing I would probably go this route with the exception of  the graphics card. I do 3D graphics in other programs and a better card would benefit me greatly.

    Thats not to say a better graphics card wouldn't help with render speeds a bit, but most of your time is spent editing. If you render a 20 minute video 1 or 2 minutes faster, is it with spending several hundred more???


  • Moodlefairy

    Thanks very much for the suggestions. I am in the UK though,  not the US, but I guess I can still seach out the same specs.


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