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post #1 of 6
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So,

My father inlaw want to use photoshop on a AM2 based system, I am wondering if he will get usable performance with a slight upgrade.

System is as below

5600+
3Gb RAM
7200rpm drive
8600GT

I am upgrading to 2 x 2Gb ram so it will run dual channel at least instead of single channel (motherboard is capable)

I am also going to put a HD 4890 for a graphics boost but am unsure how well it will work with photoshop, the other option is a GT 630 as I think photoshop plays well with nvidea cards. I have both spare so either is fine. And power consumption is not a concern.

Any advise would be appreciated
post #2 of 6
Photoshop isn't that intensive in my experience. He should be good with what he has now. Can you test it on his system right now and then upgrade if he thinks he needs more?
    
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Something that will probably boost performance a lot would be a RAMDisk for the scratch disk.

If possible, I'd go with a CPU/MOBO/RAM upgrade. The 8600 GT is pretty fine for most things, but I don't know how GPU Accelerated Photoshop is, I use GIMP myself.

If you can replace those parts, then you can find a decent Haswell CPU, a cheap Mobo, and some ram. Don't know what your budget is, but planning to buy 4GB of DDR/DDR2 and a video card probably means it's not too low.
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Which version of photoshop?

Photo processing only or will he be doing any video work?

Get him set up right by following this guide from adobe:
http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/optimize-performance-photoshop-cs4-cs5.html

Take a look at these benchmarks, should give you an idea of where he is not and where he could go.
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-charts-2013/-33-Adobe-Photoshop-CS-6,3169.html

For RAM, if he currently uses Photoshop (I don't remember which version they started this with) check the efficiency rating to see if he needs more RAM. Some users use a lot of RAM others don't.
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Keep an eye on the Efficiency indicator
Watch the Efficiency indicator while you work in Photoshop. It tells you when Photoshop has used all available RAM and starts using the scratch disk, which slows performance. Click the pop-up menu at the bottom of the image window and choose Efficiency. (You can also view the Efficiency status in the Info panel. See Work with the Info panel in Photoshop CS5 Help.) If the Efficiency value is below 100%, Photoshop is using the scratch disk and. Therefore, it is operating more slowly. If the efficiency is less than 90% to 95%, allocate more RAM to Photoshop in Performance preferences (see Memory Usage). Or, add additional RAM to your system.

Here is everything you need to know about video cards and photoshop. Review what features he uses and determine if GPU acceleration will be helpful. This is also dependent on the version he uses. I know a number of people that use photoshop without a GPU and have no complaints, others swear it helps a lot.
http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-faq.html
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post #5 of 6
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Thanks for the advice all.

The RAM and GPU upgrades are costing nothing as they are spare parts I have already that are just for backup and testing anyway.

Its mainly just for photo work.

It'll be 14.2 CC I think he wants to use
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I think if you're using filters and that kind of thing, it can make minutes of difference compared to a modern CPU. But if you're just doing touch-up work, healing, and cropping, then an AM2 system should work just fine.
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