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| p.1 #4 · What configuration is needed for good LR/CS6 performance |
As others have mentioned, depending on your workflow, there are several areas of upgrades (in no particular order):
- Data drives
First the computer has to load your files. If one-offing each file, then most drives will do. If batching, then look toward faster drive systems: RAID or SSD.
Once in memory, having enough to work with all the files as well as history states, layers, etc... mean that you could get by with enough for your few files and any other open programs, or have 32Gb and still not have enough.
Then of course is working on the files - mostly the job of the CPU, but with CS6, the GPU has entered the equation if you run with nVidia. I think long term, more tasks will be passed off to the massivily parallel architecture of GPUs.
Last year, I went from a 3Ghz quad core with 8Gb of memory and RAID10 of 1Tb drives to a 3.5Ghz (4.8Ghz Turbo) with 16Gb memory (max), nVidia GTX580 video card and SSD (with 30TB RAID6 as my main storage repository) and things are much faster, although I've hit the memory ceiling many times.
There are two trains of thought on upgrading...spend it all now on the bleeding edge so it will last you 3-5 years, or do an impressive upgrade now for half the cost, with probable upgrades sooner. Either is up to your time/effort/budget for the long run.
Without knowing your workflow, I could only generalize on the hierarchy of upgrades:
- drives or CPU
Again, no need for the $1000 ticket items (in each category) unless you want it to last a long(er) while. You could probably spend $1000 total and be quite pleased with the improvements.
Here is some casual reading to get you thinking:
(older, but still applies)