Processor, RAM or Graphics Card?


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When you see that your Photoshop is taking quite a while to process a RAW 10MP file, or when with more than ten jpegs opened, what is the thing that you will/should upgrade?
  1. Processor
  2. RAM
  3. Graphics Card
  4. Cache
  5. PC to MAC
 

arpinkor

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Don't waste your money on these options --> graphic card, pc to mac.

How much RAM you have ? Is the hard disk light on continously or flickering quickly ? If so, it's time for a RAM upgrade, quite cheap nowadays, go to at least 2GB if can.
 

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You forgot 1 more thing, harddisk. :)
eh?? I thought I refered cache as 'cache memory' or 'scratch disk'... heehee
nevertheless,

6. harddisk


anyway, I used a separate partition (intended for storage and seldom accessed) with 6GB of space as scratch disk. Doesn't seem to help much.
I believe the ideal scratch disk should be a separate physical harddisk (not partition) all hooked up with SATA2.
 

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Don't waste your money on these options --> graphic card, pc to mac.

How much RAM you have ? Is the hard disk light on continously or flickering quickly ? If so, it's time for a RAM upgrade, quite cheap nowadays, go to at least 2GB if can.
ok noted, anyway my ancient ibook is slower than desktop.

my RAM ar? PROMISE NOT TO LAUGH! 512MB DDR!!!!! :bsmilie:
Hard disk light continuously lighted.
DDR RAMs are so expensive now... compared to DDR2. i think its time to change my rig.:sweat:
 

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ok noted, anyway my ancient ibook is slower than desktop.

my RAM ar? PROMISE NOT TO LAUGH! 512MB DDR!!!!! :bsmilie:
Hard disk light continuously lighted.
DDR RAMs are so expensive now... compared to DDR2. i think its time to change my rig.:sweat:
%!@!!! oops, 512MB I meant.

No wonder it's slow.
 

ST1100

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When you see that your Photoshop is taking quite a while to process a RAW 10MP file, or when with more than ten jpegs opened, what is the thing that you will/should upgrade?
  1. Processor
  2. RAM
  3. Graphics Card
  4. Cache
  5. PC to MAC
By your description, it is most you have insufficient RAM. If you close the ten or so jpgs in the background and the RAW file takes about the same time, then it would either be the processor or harddisk bottlenecking the process.

Btw, if RAM is the bottleneck, dont waste your time and money upgrading/improving the harddisk subsystem (separate scratch disk, RAID0, etc). RAM moves data around at about 1 million times faster than the harddisk, so definitely should clear the RAM bottleneck first.
 

Artosoft

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When you see that your Photoshop is taking quite a while to process a RAW 10MP file, or when with more than ten jpegs opened, what is the thing that you will/should upgrade?
  1. Processor
  2. RAM
  3. Graphics Card
  4. Cache
  5. PC to MAC
Cache? How to upgrade Cache?

Regards,
Arto.
 

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KINGSTON 1GB (PC-4300) 533MHz DDR2-533 - S$54
KINGSTON 1GB (PC-3200/CL3.0) 400MHz DDR SDRAM - S$105

i have to get the latter. :faint:
 

kgston

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KINGSTON 1GB (PC-4300) 533MHz DDR2-533 - S$54
KINGSTON 1GB (PC-3200/CL3.0) 400MHz DDR SDRAM - S$105

i have to get the latter. :faint:
i think u shud top up like $20+ to get a CL2 version... it does help quite a tad... and are your RAMs in dual channel? or if want a cheaper alternative.. you can always OC if your motherboard allows it.. it will bump up your mem freq. so that it moves faster
 

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I think it is not just dependent on the ram but also processor. For me my RAW files process fast even though i had only 1GB Of RAM. Because if you compared a 64 bit processor with a 32 bit processor a 64 bit processor are able to process faster than a 32 bit processor. So my advise is that if you are shooting a lot of RAW get a 64bit processor and max your ram you will not have problems reading raw pics besides it is not that expensive nowadays as compare to last time to get a 64 bit processor.
 

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great suggestions... anyway y waste time upgrading ur old pc when you can get a new one at a cheaper rates and faster cpu to help you in your intensive raw editing.
 

AJ23

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Getting the 64-bit processor will not help that much, if the OS or the application does not support the 64-bit processing. And sometimes, getting a 64-bit processor will even slow down processing due to the processor got to do extra work to convert 32-bit code to 64-bit code.
 

AJ23

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great suggestions... anyway y waste time upgrading ur old pc when you can get a new one at a cheaper rates and faster cpu to help you in your intensive raw editing.
I agree with you on this, it's probably more economical and more efficient, to set up a new rig for better performance, than to upgrade exisiting older hardware.
 

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