Photoshop editing HUGE files. best PC spec? 32GB or do I try 64Gb ram?

Started Jan 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark K
Mark K Veteran Member • Posts: 5,535
Re: Photoshop editing HUGE files. best PC spec? 32GB or do I try 64Gb ram?

dance621 wrote:

Any advise would be appreciated. I edit huge files in photoshop. Some are well over 3GB in size. Some are from gigpans and others are from resizing. I have been battling away on a 16GB PC that still struggles. The bottleneck seems to be when I make any changes to the layer (even crop) I get a status bar that slowely moves up. a simple crop can take 5 mins. So not it is time to buy a new PC. I think I want to avoid Xeon (only because I just dont understand what they are about) and I will go with i7 but I am not sure about how RAM will help my cause. 32GB of ram seems quite a "standard" if for most people excessive option. Is going up to 64 GB tricky? Are there technical issues involved with that jump up? I see corsair has n 8x8GB kit. With the right motherboard can u just plug and play. I am not techy enough to start optimising my ram through software.

I am also planning 2 SSD drives (one scratch and one OS although I cant see huge benefit in OS on SSD. Am I missing anything else that I should have? No point maxing out on ram and bottlenecking somewhere else? I have not gone for absolute high spec i7 as I assume the processing problems lie elsewhere?

Here are me possible specs with 32GB ram........


Processor (CPU): Intel® Coreā„¢i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3820 (3.6GHz) 10MB Cache

Motherboard: ASUS® P9X79 WS - SOCKET 2011, QUAD DDR3, USB 3.0, SATA 6 GB/s


Graphics Card: 1GB NVIDIA GEFORCE 210 - DVI, HDMI, VGA

Memory - 1st Hard Disk: 180GB INTEL® 520 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 550MB/sR | 520MB/sW)

2nd Hard Disk: 180GB INTEL® 330 SERIES SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 500MB/sR | 450MB/sW)

3rd Hard Disk: 2TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD2002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)

Thanks in advance...


1. plug as much SSD as possible for OS, 512Gb or above

2. similarly for scratch far I found Plextor M5P quite reliable

3. 64Gb will not be over killed if.....

4. X79 motherboard is rather old. Either you wait for a replacement ..

5. Display card is weak. You should think one having more video RAM, esp those from nVidia.

-- hide signature --

Mark K

 Mark K's gear list:Mark K's gear list
Sony RX100 III Sony SLT-A77 Nikon D800 Canon EOS 5D Mark III NEX5R +66 more
Post (hide subjects) Posted by
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow