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Hey everyone I'm new to the forums. I've been googling for a while and it's hard to find a concrete answer to the following question.

Here's my current system:
Intel e6750 OC'd to 3.4 GHZ
8 GB DDR2 at about 960 or so with tweaked timings
120GB Vertex 2 SSD for OS & apps
3x500GB sata's in software raid 0 for large working files (auto backup every night to a network file server, certain folders auto backup once a week to amazon s3)
Geforce GTX 280 1GB

I play games every once in a while and I don't need more performance there. Everything seems to run fine on my 2048x1152 monitor.

I need more power for photoshop CS4, however. My main use for this rig is working with very large scans of large format film (3x4" at 2000dpi). These PSB files are 2GB+ compressed. My cpu and ram isn't quite cutting it :\\. It swaps to disk all the time while I'm zooming in and out and image adjustments take forever. I have photoshop set so that I'm using 7.5 GB of 8.0GB RAM when I'm working on a file and it's still sluggish and goes to the swap all the time.

I'm debating between an AMD system with an 4x4GB ram kit or an intel system with a 12GB ram kit. Currently when I work on photos I'm using 7.5/8.0 GB ram. I need more ram, I'm pretty sure of it. I also would like to get more CPU out of my system.

First question: how much more performance would I see with an AMD 1090T OC'd to about 4GHZ with 16GB ram compared to my current system, do you think? Would the looser timings required to post with 16GB of ram eliminate the benefit?

Second: Should I spend the money and get ECC ram? We have servers at my full time job and find ECC ram makes a difference when we're using more than 8GB of ram but I don't know if it's the same case for desktop applications.
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the performance increase in cs4 will be enormous
ECC RAM is not generally worth it for desktop applicatons

an intel i5 2500k rig will get more performance though
    
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1090T + an AM2+ board would be a good inexpensive upgrade, would cost less than 2500K + P67 board + all new RAM. I recommend waiting on upgrading to a 2011 CPU platform until around March-April, AMD's Bulldozer may be out, we'll have to wait and see how it fairs against SB but I'm pretty confident.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
1090T + an AM2+ board would be a good inexpensive upgrade, would cost less than 2500K + P67 board + all new RAM. I recommend waiting on upgrading to a 2011 CPU platform until around March-April, AMD's Bulldozer may be out, we'll have to wait and see how it fairs against SB but I'm pretty confident.
Sorry for the long time to reply, thanks for the advice. I think I'm agreeing with you. Damn I wish photoshop's built-in filters used CUDA, it's all embarrassingly parallel! I picked up a GTX 570 yesterday and I'm tempted to try my hand at learning CUDA again (I'm a programmer, full-time, artist part-time).

I'm going to take a gamble and wait until the beginning of April and no longer. I'm guessing that P67 motherboards will be out again and maybe the 1090T's will get a heavy price drop (like the i7 950 had a month or two ago). If that happens I'll put the money saved towards more RAM or maybe another SSD. It'd be nice to use an SSD as a scratch disk. If they don't drop I'll pick up a 2600K or 2500K system.

If anybody's curious, my current system completes the photoshop retouch speed test in 21 seconds.
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Just use any small spare HDD (i.e. get one off Craigslist) as a scratch disk. It'd be fast enough and be better for longetivity. I do that on a 200GB HDD for my video editing setup and it speeds up my video editing nicely
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