I have a Gigabyte Z97X-SLI motherboard, Intel 4790K cpu at stock settings. Decently potent.
Windows 10 anniversary +
The OS disk is SSD, but additional disks are HDD in windows storage spaces (usually across 2 disks or so - so nothing amazing)
Internal Intel HD4600 graphics
Dipslay is 1680x1050
Photoroom can be a tad sluggish at times, so I'm considering
16->32 GB ram
Additional graphics card (I may also go 4K)
Catalog currently is ~150k images
Obviously the ram upgrade is somewhat depending on other usage, and though I use some VMs with decent footprints they are for work and will be suspended when I do photo work (hobby). Most of the recent of my usage is heavy web browsing & other regular desktop stuff. So the real question is whether lightroom itself would work significantly better if it had free reign over more RAM?
Secondly I think enabling GPU acceleration on an Intel HD4600 is actually a backwards step. What's recommended as best bang for buck specifically for lightroom acceleration, and what ops will be accelerated?For bonus points I've been thinking of a 4K monitor for a while. I'd be looking to go for a fairly modest budget £50 ideally. I don't game so that aspect isn't important. Not too noisy would be good though given the system unit is already fanned, silent isn't necessary.
I have a very similar setup.
IMHO, there is no gain for LR with more than 16GB RAM (maybe even 8GB).
The HD4600 is a rather slow and older internal GPU. I'm using it with 1920x1200 and can not see any gain either. For a 4k monitor I'd suggest to get a decent dedicated graphic card.
So the real question is whether lightroom itself would work significantly better if it had free reign over more RAM?
You haven't stated what areas of Lightroom are slow. Without that, we cannot really give good advice. So please explain in detail what steps/functions/actions are slow in Lightroom.
RAM doesn't usually increase performance of most aspects of Lightroom.
Try turning your GPU off, see if that increases the speed.