showtm490 wrote in post #18279522
I was going to ask around about building a ($600-900) computer. Is that possible?
Very possible. You could actually build a great PS/LR computer for a lot cheaper than that (like, half).
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I agree, running a smaller SSD for the OS and main Apps (though I would opt for a 250gb) and then use a secondary SSD or HDD for storage.
FuturamaJSP wrote in post #18280173
In that case:
Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Asus Z170-E ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
Cooler Master 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 (i believe you only need this one if you plan to have a dedicated GPU in the future otherwise your current PSU should be fine)
Total: $789.37 or $$709.38 without the PSU
you could keep the harddrive for storage and Windows 7 just make sure to install the OS on the SSD and you will notice a HUGE improvement compared to your current PC
Why the 6700K though? I get it for gaming since some games run better with it (especially overclocked), but for a novice who doesn't seem to have any interest in overclocking I would opt for a Ryzen 7 1600 or even a Ryzen 5 1500.
showtm490 wrote in post #18281959
I tend to keep all of my photos on an external hard drive. I'm thinking of trying a ssd over the memory as my main concern before having to drop a load of money into a new system is making my PS/LR running smoother.
In that case, I would definitely pick up an SSD and throw it into your system now. They're very easy to install, and a fresh install of Windows 10 itself may solve your problem for you. If it turns out to not speed up your system, then you can just use that same SSD in a new build.
silvrr wrote in post #18281973
I really don't think a SSD is going to help much here. As I said before you really need to look at what is being bottle necked and causing your slow down.
Also, here are some benchmarks (way outdated now) but will give you an idea on how different items effect performance in light room. Note how moving from a SSD from a HDD or even to a RAM disk doesn't effect import/export speed. The biggest jumps I saw in performance were updating hardware and upping the core count to 4 cores. http://photography-on-the.net ...read.php?t=1309397&page=2
What version of lightroom are you running? Earlier versions are as RAM intensive as the newer ones. Similarly if you don't have the newer versions configured correctly it can slow you down quite a bit.
Also, are you editing the photos off the External hard drive? That will slow you down big time. Based on the age of your hardware its a USB2 connection and that will be extremely slow.
I built a system for a friend a little over a year ago with a Phenom II X4 955 and it worked great for LR (never tried PS). It played games better than the brand new build I did for a friend last year with an i3 a6100 at it's heart, but I attribute that mostly to the GPU's being an R9 280 (in the phenom system) vs a GTX 960.
I totally agree with your external drive editing comment though, that'd definitely sap the performance.
showtm490 wrote in post #18282151
I use LR/PS CC. When I edit the photos I import the album to my hard drive, after editing I export them back to the external. My main issue in the programs is how slow they can be when loading and when applying an edit.
That definitely could be attributed to the drive. Could also be the CPU, but idk... even the laptop grade i5 in my Surface Pro 4 works fine with LR, it really only slows down when it throttles after a while (from being too hot). I think the biggest culprit is probably lightroom optimization itself. Out of the box lightroom is kinda slow on any system in my experience. Look up an optimization guide for lightroom, there's a bunch of them out there.
showtm490 wrote in post #18434327
A friend has a Intel Core i5 4670k w/16gigs of RAM, 500GB SSD, Windows Pro 10 and Office 2013 for $500. He built it three years ago but just built him another as he's a big gamer. I've heard this would be an awesome setup to the 4670k sucks for ps/lr. Any opinions?
4670K would work great in LR, not sure where you heard that. LR (as it is now) is pretty dependent on single core performance, but they're going to have to redesign it before long, people have been complaining about it's optimization for a while now and alternatives to LR are starting to become pretty popular, Adobe is going to have to fix LR's issues or lose their customers. That being said, if you were building a new system I would opt for a CPU with more cores/threads, especially now that AMD has stirred up the game and made high core CPU's very affordable with their Ryzen chips.