I have a desktop system that I use almost exclusivly for Lightroom and Photoshop (latest versions). I bought it about 10 years ago at which time it was the bees knees and all was wonderful. Fast forward 10 years and its got to the point where it works fine but MUCH slower than before. I think I need to either upgrade it or replace. It's a Dell envy with Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.41 GHz and 8.00 GB of installed RAM.
I'm not a computer geek but I suspect that the 8 RAM is the problem so I have 4 questions -
will adding more RAM fix the problem?
how much should I add?
I've never opened the case, how could I tell if it has the ability to take more RAM?
Hi John Dudley,
adding additional RAM is certainly a great help. To check if you can add additional RAM in your configuration, you need to check if there are additional slots on the motherboard to add more RAM banks.
Windows 10 task manager will tell you how many ram slots you have
If you haven't already I'd stick an SSD into the PC as well
Go with the best you can afford. I like purchasing high end Dell refurbished workstations from
Dell Outlet that I can afford without robbing a bank. my budget range is $1,500. to $2,500. I look for workstations First with Fast CPU and RAM Clock Speed ( with reasonable price point CPU speed is major price factor). Second SSD you want System and Application data, Paging, Temp Space, Scratch Space on SSD ( I keep my User files and backup on externals USB 3 hard disk), Modern Fast supported GPU and at least 16GB of ECC RAM. RAM and can easily be Added and GPU can be easily replaced if needed. I tend to look for machine that have Nvidia Quadro display Adaptors they seem to have better supported device Drivers for I do not see users in the Photoshop forum reporting their quadro GPU is not support or recognize by Photoshop. Adobe also seem to recommend them for their video editing applications like Premier Pro.
Dell refurbished workstation come with System Installed and a Dell three year in house repair warranty. Over the years I have purchased three dell workstation and 5 home machine and always found Dell support very good, but have had little contact with Dell for I needed little help. However, one of the Workstation Failed within a month of Purchased. I call Dell over the Phone we determined it was a Mother board problem. A Dell service rep was in my house the next day replaced and tested the mother board replacement. That workstation is now four years old and the other two are older. One of them had a quadro 4000 go bad. I replaced it with a cheap Amazon refurbished Quadro k2200 that Dell workstation is now 8 years old it came with 8GB of Rams I added 32. I use it daily. But its slower than you maniv it has tweo 6 Cored xzon Processore onle 2GHZ. A single processor with faster clock would have been better, Referbished Dell Worstation are not always available and it was all I could affore 8 years ago that had an SSD on Dell outlet. Current outlet supply is very poor... I see one machine available.
Dell has now lowered the support from 3 years to 100 Days that poor....
New workstating starting point would be $2,500 these days for me.
Adding RAM will help, but keep in mind that today's applications rely heavily on the video cards.
Display adapter can easily be replace with a better one in Desk Computers not so in laptops.. You need more machine for video editing then you do for Photoshop image editing. If you do not have a high volume business and automated processing you do not need the higher End High Prices machines for Photoshop. Balance Clock speed, SSD and RAM performance and cost. Try to avoid a very week a component. You want good performance. A poor performing component drags overall performance down. Dual processors with many cores will not be unitized well by Photoshop. However an Application like Premier Pro may perform better with that hardware.
I would probably lean towards a new system. The GPU in a system that is 10 years old is certainly not supported. More RAM will help, but a new faster CPU with the same RAM upgrade will blow the doors off your old system. SSD drives are almost standard in modern computers, too. Disk speed is crasy fast with SSD.
Jeffrey Tranberry nice to see you active here....