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WildWolf
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 20:39
I am upgrading the ram on my computer from 512 to 1 gig.....will I notice a huge increase in speed from photoshop? The specs are- Dell workstation Pent 4 1.5 with 1 gig Rambus Ram.

Space
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 20:47
You should see an improvement.

Dchemist
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 20:48
I did this on my Gateway. I noticed the biggest improvement in speed was when there were several layers open. The system seemed to manage the process better. Good luck, Dennis

SuzyView
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 21:00
The difference is definitely noticeable and you will love it! I am thinking about 2gb to install to my 2 year old laptop.

metalsaber
14th of June 2007 (Thu), 22:32
I run 1gig memory and a Pentium 4 3Ghz and it runs pretty well.

cfcRebel
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 09:10
I am upgrading the ram on my computer from 512 to 1 gig.....will I notice a huge increase in speed from photoshop? The specs are- Dell workstation Pent 4 1.5 with 1 gig Rambus Ram.If your motherboard supports Dual-Channel memory technology, two 512mb memory sticks will perform better than one 1Gb stick, single channel. Check your motherboard manual.

TomHuckWa
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 10:29
I kept adding 512 at a time, and each addition showed improvement. I am running 2 gigs.

astayton
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 10:32
I am upgrading the ram on my computer from 512 to 1 gig.....will I notice a huge increase in speed from photoshop? The specs are- Dell workstation Pent 4 1.5 with 1 gig Rambus Ram.


Any time you add RAM to a machine it will do better. A good rule of thumb is more Ram is always better. Photoshop is a huge memory hog. Put in as much ram as you can afford/ your PC will take.

1 Gig will be a good place to start. Memory is real cheap right now. Go for it.

WildWolf
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 11:13
my motherboard only has four slots for memory and only accepts rambus memory sticks. An additional 512 of Ram is costing me just over $100 (I have 2 sticks @ 256 each currently). In order to add 2 gigs, I would have to spend $400 (4 sticks of 512 Rambus memory). To me, the $400 would be better spent on a new pc. I will let you know how it works out. Thanks for all the comments.

cfcRebel
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 11:49
my motherboard only has four slots for memory and only accepts rambus memory sticks. An additional 512 of Ram is costing me just over $100 (I have 2 sticks @ 256 each currently). In order to add 2 gigs, I would have to spend $400 (4 sticks of 512 Rambus memory). To me, the $400 would be better spent on a new pc. I will let you know how it works out. Thanks for all the comments.I saw this deal a couple of days ago. With tax, it's about $300. Imagine if you save the $100 from the rambus, it is like a $100 discount towards this new pc. For extra $200 you get a lot more speed and upgradability. Yes, the memory it comes with is a little low but still not slower than your current setup. The last time i checked, 2Gb of DDR2 800mhz memory only cost about $80. :)
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astayton
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 14:35
my motherboard only has four slots for memory and only accepts rambus memory sticks. An additional 512 of Ram is costing me just over $100 (I have 2 sticks @ 256 each currently). In order to add 2 gigs, I would have to spend $400 (4 sticks of 512 Rambus memory). To me, the $400 would be better spent on a new pc. I will let you know how it works out. Thanks for all the comments.


Yeah If your giong to spend $400 you can spend that better with a different PC. Good luck.

In2Photos
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 15:14
I say go for the new PC rather than upgrading. I tried upgrading my old PC and found that each time I added something I needed something else. The dell deals are usually pretty good but if you are PC savvy at all just build your own. That way, it is configured and built the way you want and only your software is on it, not a bunch of crap from third party vendors.

astayton
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 15:29
I say go for the new PC rather than upgrading. I tried upgrading my old PC and found that each time I added something I needed something else. The dell deals are usually pretty good but if you are PC savvy at all just build your own. That way, it is configured and built the way you want and only your software is on it, not a bunch of crap from third party vendors.


I agree. That is what I do I build my own. Sounds like a good plan. Might even save a few dollars.

TomHuckWa
15th of June 2007 (Fri), 18:29
Yep third building your own. I used to be a real Dell advocate, but when the wifes new machine self destructed at 13months, with no extended warranty, I called Dell support and asked for an authorized repair shop. They would not give me the name of a shop, said they couldnt tell me cause it was out of warranty. Pee poor service policy says me. I told them I knew I would have to pay for repairs but just tell me who can work on thier prioritized machine, they would not tell me. Also the "help" phone people can barely speak english, and I dont speak Indianese. Yep, I sound bitter dont I? I hate paying 1800 dollars for a 13 month computer. Now I build my own.