A friend of mine, a few months ago, had a low level HP Pavilion (the only plus in the PC was the aftermarket EVGA 260) with which he was trying to be productive with Adobe CS6 programs and Pro Tools. Needless to say it wasn't working. So, I built a desktop (FX-4100 OC 4.2ghz, 8GB HyperX DDR3, SSD, Win7 Ultimate, Liquid cooled, etc..) with a used HIS IceQ 5670 1GB DDR5 card from an older PC I had. The PC cuts through Adobe/Pro Tools etc.. much better, but when rendering the work area and/or a final video in Premier Pro it takes FOREVER! When it is rendering the video I noticed on the CPU/GPU monitors that CPU usage is MAXed out and the GPU clocks are at idle (memory usage is also low 20%+/- ). Is there anyway to set the GPU to do all of that work so that the PC is still usable while the GPU is rendering the video. Also, yes, I do understand the difference between "graphics rendering" and Premier rendering a video. However, I had an EVGA GTX 560 in another PC last year that, in it's control panel, had a permissions option for specific programs to use the 560's GPU for rendering. Not sure which rendering it was referring to but it was an option none-the-less. I looked in Catalyst in the PC I built for him and mine at home to see if there is that option, but I didn't see one. I feel bad for the guy, because he brought the video files and premier file to me to look at and my PC renders the work area in seconds and the final product in 7 minutes +/- :-/ I guess that's the difference between a $700 build (his) and a $5000 build (mine). Any help or suggestions would be helpful...even a "Dude you're crazy, that sh*t won't work". Also, keep in mind a workstation isn't in his budget at the moment.