I just upgraded to a Core i7-860 & 8GB DDR3 and am really pleased with the speed increase (came from a 2ghz Core2Duo).
I had a quick question regarding ACR & Bridge:
Is there any way to make it save multiple RAW images at once?
I typically load a couple hundred photos into ACR and when it's time to save them out, they are processed and saved, one at a time by ACR.
Watching Task Manager on Windows 7, Bridge.exe barely hits 85-90% for a few 10ths of a second, and then goes back down to the mid-teens for another second or so. This program would absolutely fly if it could crunch on one photo per processor (or even one photo per thread). It just seems by doing it one at a time, it doesn't take full advantage of newer multiprocessor systems.