My current system configuration is as follows:
ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional (purchased as refurbished in July 2012)
i7-3770K processor (purchased new in July 2012)
Seasonic Platinum SS-760XP 760 Watt, 20+24 Pins (purchased new in December 2012)
Kingston Genesis 4*4GB 2133MHz DDR3 (purchased new in July 2012)
The motherboard has only six SATA ports which support drives >2TB and often almost all my RAM is used by photoshop and/or lightroom. I get a windows message saying "please close program x to free memory".
I have a lot of data and in the next couple of years I expect to running against my current available hard drive space, although I could upgrade some 4 TB and 6 TB drives to 8 TB, but this is quite expensive and the additional amount of 'new' disc space is not a lot since you also remove a 4 or 6 TB disc). Are there other solutions on getting more drives in a reliable way via SATA? I need SATA because I use a cloud backup program to backup my data, and this program only supports SATA drives. USB drives are disabled to be backed up in the software.
I am not a gamer, I don't even have a separate video card installed.
Because of the ram issues, I consider upgrading from 16 GB to 32 GB of RAM, which is the maximum amount supported by the motherboard. However, is this a wise thing to do with my current system (which is over four years old, but still running fine)? Would you just upgrade RAM or upgrade motherboard + processor as well? I think my processor is still fast enough and if I compare my i7-3770K (passmark: 9550) to, for instance a i7-5820k (passmark: 12,978), the difference is only 36%.
I see huge price differences in RAM and have no idea how much speed (MHz and latency time) is enough and how noticable the difference in MHz and latency time is. Any comments on this?
Summary: I'm a photographer and don't want to spend more money in my system than necessary, but maybe do need some upgrade. I'd rather spend it on photo gear.
Comments / suggestions / advice highly appreciated :D
Edited by nielsvanvelzen, 21 November 2016 - 02:57 PM.