To Increase Ram Or Not To Increase Ram....

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  1. smoke665

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    That is the question???? Current laptop is an Intel I5 processor at 1.6 ghz, with 8 gb of ram. It will handle up to 16 gb which is what I'm considering. My son the resident family IT expert, seems to think I won't see any significant improvement in speed of LR or PS, and I should just put the money toward a new laptop which is also a possibility, but the ram upgrade is pretty cheap compared to a new unit (and I could put the money on more photography gear). So what say others?


     
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    Not an IT guy , but my brother is, and he said the same thing when I was discussing building an editing desktop. He suggested that a solid state drive, good graphics card, and processor speed would be the place to invest the most money.
     
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    If you check the performance whilst running the software then unless your RAM is fully in use you might not see a huge performance increase.

    Otherwise as said above you want a better processor and graphics card - a solid state drive helps too with loading times (you'd install the software on the SSD drive but have the photos in a regular drive)
     
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    What specific model is your laptop ?
     
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    Dell Inspirion
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    model number should be printed somewhere on the bottom ...
     
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    Sorry, it's an Inspirion 5558
     
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    Intel Core i5-5200U
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    NVIDIA GeForce 920M - 4096 MB, Core: 954 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 353.30 (10.18.13.5330), Optimus
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    @dxqcanada okay I know all that already??? Your point is?
     
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    Sorry, I didn't get time to write anything ... and I thought others should know what you got in it before commenting

    Optimize performance Photoshop CC
    PS by default will use up to 70% of RAM ... so if your laptop is always showing max usage, then a memory upgrade would help.
    I don't think your graphics card is upgradable ... which is typical for a laptop.
    A solid state drive typically will add performance to most systems.
     
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    In this model the graphics card is an Intel HD 6000, which supposedly is compatible with LR and PS but for some reason LR will kick out the "use graphics processor" on boot up, but I can go in preferences and check it, everything works fine. PS uses it with no problem. Went back to the log, it's failing on something (can't remember now, and haven't had time to sort it out)
     
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    It should have two graphics cards ... the integrated Intel and a discrete Nvidia
    Hmm, maybe check to see if there is an updated Nvidia driver for the graphics card ... also check the Nvidia control panel to see if it has a setting to enable it for usage for LR and PS (I think).
     
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