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Suggestions for more speed with photo editing


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#1 funlover

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:11 PM

I have the following system and recently installed Win7 64 bit and love it, but lately while working on photo editing, I get the hourglass pretty often. I did download new drivers for the Display adapter. I also tried 4 more gigs of memory, but didn't notice any improvement. I am open to any upgrade suggestions to improve speed and would really appreciate any help.


GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P P45 775
CPU INTEL|C2D E8500 3.16G 775 45N
MEM 2Gx2|CORS TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF
CPUCOOLER|ARCTIC P4|ACFZ7-PRO
LG|GH22NS30 22X SATA
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS [Display adapter]
HP w2408 [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n CND8031LY9, January 2008)
Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)

Edited by hamluis, 28 June 2011 - 01:33 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Graphics.


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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:29 PM

What are you using for photo editing? Also the video card seems kind of weak could stand to get an upgrade.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:54 PM

I use Photoshop Elements 6...suggestion for a card?

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:07 PM

For that please post a new topic in this forum: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum139.html then place a link to this topic in that new post. :) They will be able to help you better than I can.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 01:32 PM

You may waat to explore These Links as well as soem of the related Adobe/PS forums.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 02:57 PM

Thank you Louis..will do

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 11:55 AM

A few general things to keep in mind while editing photos...those programs are memory hogs. Every time you do something to an image, it makes a snapshot of it for the "history" (so you can "undo" it later). If you've got your history states set to a high number, you're sucking up more memory.

Have only one image (or as few as needed if combining them). The more you have open, the more memory the program sucks up. If you're done with a 2nd (or other multiple images), close them.

Some programs will allow you to tweak the amount of RAM that the program can use (via "options" or "preferences"), and usually 85% is a good number - high enough not to take away from other programs, and low enough to do what the program needs.

If you see the program starting to lag, save your image and restart the program. If it still lags, restart the computer, as that will free up RAM being held by programs.

Limit the amount of programs that start when Windows starts. The more programs you have running, the less memory you have for other things. Not to mention that some programs "run in the background" which slows the processor down.

Don't make your image larger than it needs to be...in more ways than one. If you're making an avatar for a website, and it's only going to be 100x100 pixels, then start it out at that size, rather than making it huge and then shrinking it down. Also, keep your image's PPI (Pixels Per Inch) at a decent size. Anything for the internet will look fine at 72 PPI, but no larger than 100 PPI. Images that you'll be printing should not be higher than 300 PPI (as that's usually the max for high end printers). If your printer is only 200 PPI max, then match your image PPI to your printers PPI. The higher the PPI, the larger the image size is and the more memory it sucks up.

These are just some off the top of my head...hope it helps! :thumbup2:
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 01:07 PM

Thanks for the great suggestions!




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