Mac Mini: Please help me figure out where I should invest my upgrade?

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Mac Mini: Please help me figure out where I should invest my upgrade?
Jan 3, 2013

Hi all,

I have just purchased a D800. I've been playing around with it, shooting random things. I do noticed that I'm having a bit of issue with the huge RAW files. I currently have a Mac Mini "Core i7" 2.7 (mid-2011), I have upgraded the RAM to 8 GB. I routinely use Lightroom 4 and CS6 to do my post processing. I have all my photos stored in an external 500GB harddrive, connected to the Mac via USB 2.0.

I have noticed that while processing the RAW files in Lightroom, I'm getting quite a bit of lag when making adjustments. I have some extra cash to make upgrades on the Mac, but I'm not sure where I should invest.

I've thought of a few options:

1) Upgrade internal harddive to a SSD and boot my system off it, then move photos to the internal harddrive (thinking maybe it's the USB 2.0 speed that's bottle-necking everything)

2) Upgrade RAM to 16 GB.

3) Wait for more affordable options for external harddrive enclosures that will work with the Thunderbolt.

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