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?