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Hey guys. I have a coworker who's having some slowdown problems dealing with some artwork images on her computer. Trying to remember what she's working with...

- i3 550 3.2GHz
- 6GB DDR3 (Changed to 8GB)
- Windows 7
- Photoshop CS3
- 2GB PSD / TIFF File
- 50in Width / Height
- 8000 x 8000 Resolution

...is what comes to mind right now. What I've noticed is that sometimes Photoshop does it's usual thing in eating up all the computer's RAM which is then directed to the hard drive causing a massive lag mess. I'm no Photoshop expert but I tried messing with the performance settings for the software but it didn't really do much. The thing I noticed is that the specific software she's working with for work is scripted to save her downloaded images to the Desktop. Now every time that the image is accessed or worked with...the computer automatically turns into a slideshow. I'm guessing that this is the result of the file being saved onto the OS disk (the 'C' drive on the desktop)...where the hard drive access light continues to stay lit when reading the ~2GB PSD/TIFF files. Is there anyway to remedy this in terms of dealing with what she has now? Is the drive an actual bottleneck in the system...maybe to old or defective? Something I failed to mess with on the Photoshop? Does the computer need to be upgraded further? Something I read somewhere that a Mac OS would better deal with the situation since there's something specific on how Windows 7 deals with these massive image files causing the slowdown.

In general though...I think adding more RAM would be a bit useless since the slowdown is already caused by the large files being accessed on the hard drive. It was a painful process in trying to copy the files to her secondary scratch drive. However, I'm leaning towards the fact that the system may need a faster drive setup along the lines of RAID or SSD. I would like to avoid any hardware changes if possible though. If anybody would like to add some feedback then feel free to shed some light.
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What about the CPU? Is the CPU usage maxed? People usually use at least quad-cores for Photoshop and the sort.
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You also forgot to add in how much system memory is used up with said application with the picture open. Cause you also have to remember if it has to use the page file then it makes it even slower for swapping. Have you checked to see how bad the files a fragmented also as some programs are horrible at making the file system fragment the crap out of stuff like utorrent for instance lol.
 
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I have to agree, Photoshop is CPU intensive. So 4-6 cores would be a real boost especially with some brushes. I was gonna suggest an SSD in there, but then you'd have to change it so that it works with her settings plus she will fill that bad boy up pretty quick, and I don't know for sure if that will help though.
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I didn't see any maxed out usage on the i3 550 3.2GHz when I was checking the task manager. With that said...I'm just assuming that the dual-core four thread processor would be doing just fine. I could be wrong though as I haven't worked with Adobe Photoshop long enough to notice how much CPU the software uses especially when I haven't worked with some of the tools that eat up CPU. This is all a learning process for me as well so thanks for trying to help out everyone.

As for the system memory...generally the computer would idle around ~1.05GB RAM usage and then shoot up to ~3.8GB after the file opened up. After opening up a duplicate file...it would move up to near max so I'm guessing that's when the hard drive starts being used where the slowdown starts occurring (hopefully that explained about the system memory). I need to further analyze the problem when I can. If the system indeed needs an overhaul then I guess I'll just keep note of it on the budget cost.
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