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03-03-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Looking for some insight

I have an 8yr old PC with XP, a Pentium 4 2.8 and 3 gigs of RAM. Will a new PC with 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate, Intel i7 and 16 gigs of RAM make a huge difference in using pp photo software or just a little difference. Right now, some of the more complex processes are fairly slow.
Thanks for any and all thoughts.

03-03-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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It should make quite a difference, just make sure your PP software will run on 64 bit windows. Make sure you've got lots of storage for photos!
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It will make a noticeable difference, especially if you have a well-specced graphics card in the new PC too.

A year or so ago I moved my photo stuff off a dual core XP Pentium 1.6Ghz w 2GB to a Win7 64bit Core 2 Quad with just 4GB RAM and I see a big difference, especially for batch operations in programs like Lightroom or DXO Optics Pro (eg importing lots of images and rendering 1:1 previews in LR).

It will make even more of a difference if you ever decide to do any video editing.

Win7 is also a very robust and stable platform on which to work.
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I moved from an XP machine last year to a relatively inexpensive Quad Core with 8gb of RAM, W7, and no special graphics card and the difference was amazing. I'm sure that a dedicated higher end graphics card would make things even better but at this point it would be overkill IMHO. Make certain that your software will run under 64bit. The sale of LR3 is another incentive to move up.

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I'm so jealous! That's going to be a huge upgrade!
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Thanks for the responses. Definitely reinforced my decision to go forward.
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The biggest difference you will notice will be due to processing processing power and memory, followed by increased speed of hard drive access (IDE versus SATA, or faster SATA, plus increased cache and buffers.

Video cards will not have as much an impact unless you're pushing by working on rather large files. Many on board video chips have plenty of RAM and power for most uses. Doesn't hurt to have a dedicated card though.
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Don't forget to spend the money on a good monitor and a decent calibration system, if you don't already have one.

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I bought a $700 laptop last spring to replace $4000 7 year old desk top. The difference is night and day. So going forward, I'd rather buy a cheap computer every few years than than an expensive one every 5 or 6 years.

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