I need a more powerful PC

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  1. adamhiram

    adamhiram No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have found the 2 biggest bottlenecks with photo editing are insufficient RAM and slow disk I/O. I would be willing to bet that upgrading to at least 16GB of RAM and adding an SSD for your system/application disk will breathe new life into that system for a minimum investment. A fresh install of Windows and applications couldn't hurt either.


     
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    I agree with everything suggested, and if you can afford SSD storage with the headroom for more RAM, do it. Gotta bang the drum for Linux though; 2.5-3ghz with 6 or 8gb of ram runs very well for photo editing (Raw Therapee, Fast stone/Wine etc). There's none of the mysterious slow-downs that, for me, was characteristic of my Microsoft PC OS experience. YMMV.
     
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  3. Jeff15

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    Thanks for all the ideas guys.................:)
     
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    Jeff G -Amateur Shutterbug- Supporting Member

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    Jeff, how much umph does your video card have? When working with large graphics files it's a good idea to get the fastest video card you can. Just a thought.
     
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    sergezap TPF Noob!

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    There is no such thing as the "fastest graphics card" according to Ps.
    It uses GPU acceleration (OpenCL & OpenGL) in a few things only, and these features are fully supported by the internal CPU graphic cores since 3rd generation.
    So, if you have Intel HD Graphics 4000 or 2500, it's ok.
    There are much more important things: RAM, SSD, and CPU.
     
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    2.5 or 3.5ghz is just one of the aspect it is not necessary that 3.5ghz will be faster than a 2.5ghz processors.


    These days all processors have multiple cores and threads.

    A thread is a single line of commands that are getting processed, each application has at least one thread, most have multiples. A core is the physical hardware that works on the thread. In general a processor can only work on one thread per core, CPUs with hyper threading can work on up to two threads per core.


    Other factors that contribute to the speed is GPU, RAM (both GB and speed), SSD etc.
     
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    Thanks to you all, I am now in the process of sorting it out..........:)
     

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