You need a minimum of 8 GB of RAM. The solid-state drive will help Lightroom load a little more quickly, but it won't necessarily provide any increased performance in Lightroom. Lightroom does not take advantage of any features provided by high-end graphics cards. I'm using integrated graphics on my HP Windows 7 computer and performance is very satisfactory. The Adobe system requirements indicate a minimum of 2 GB of RAM. But don't fool yourself into thinking you get by with less than 8 GB. You won't be happy if you try.
So if you go to the Dell site and look at this PC what is your thoughts?
I was thinking of at least 16GB of RAM, just wondering if the HD in this is
Also how do you go about your organizing. I was thinking I could move each
job on and off the HD to work on, but not real sure of the best way to
organize and get the maximum use of your hard drive.
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You will also need a 64 bit operating system, otherwise the amount of RAM is irrelevant. If you don't have a 64bit operating system, Lightroom will have limitations.
The link I gave has Win 8, 64 bit
The speed of the hard drive looks okay. 7200 RPM is pretty much a standard. I don't like the idea of just a single hard drive. If you go that way your Lightroom program, and all your images, and all your backups are all on the same hard drive. If that drive goes down you lose everything. As I stated previously, Lightroom doesn't take advantage of high-end graphics cards at this time. But that doesn't mean that things won't change in the future.
A good Lightroom workflow (in my opinion) is one where you can import your images and keep them in that location and in the Lightroom catalog. Moving files on and off a hard drive can be tedious, and will make it difficult to ensure that you have all the adjustments to your images. But the choice is yours, of course. And you can manage Lightroom however it makes the most sense for you.
I prefer not to make a recommendation on the computer, any computer. It seems from my reading in the forums that the ones who have the most problems are the ones who have "supercomputers" with incredible amounts of extra RAM and high-end graphics cards. That doesn't mean that all of them do. There are so many factors that are at play here. I'm using a Windows 7 computer, 8 GB RAM, 64-bit OS, i5 processor, two internal drives (neither are solid-state), and several external hard drives that I use on different occasions, integrated graphics. I have no complaints about Lightroom performance. But it must be noted that I'm only working with 12 MP images.
I am shooting RAW so each image is about 19-22mb and I use plugins, that seem to run super slow
All I can suggest is that you use your best judgment. I don't think I would consider more than 16 GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the only way you will know if a computer is going to perform satisfactorily is to try it. There is no magical formula that seems to provide good indicators. What plug-ins are you using? And what is your system like that you are using now?
Anyone have any monitor suggestions?
Think you might want to answer some of the questions Jim's already asked you, befiore jumping onto an entirely new topic?
So if I went the 16mb route, what size solid state should i have? Does
that link show that I can add it?
"Currently I have a TON of lag, and glitches. >>there are some dramas with lR5 having slowness issues so it may not be your computer . There are several threads on the this forum
I decided to go with this setup:
Intel Core i5-4690K, 16GB DDR3 Memory, 2TB HDD, DVDRW, 1GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 750, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit - BSI300
ASUS VE248Q 24" Class Widescreen LED Backlit Monitor - 1920 x 1080, 16:9, 50000000:1 Dynamic, 2ms, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, Energy Star
I heard the LAG issue was due to a memory leak that Windows has not fixed yet.