Ok, here is a question im trying to figure out... Its hard to explain so ill have to be detailed..
So I have a 30' inch cinema display and I do very detailed technical drawings in Photoshop CS2 at 600dpi with 50-100+ layers. Since im constantly resizing the image size on screen, zooming in and out - it always takes about 5-10 seconds for the screen to fully refresh and show the entire image. Of course on small sized images it takes no time to refresh but on these large PSD images of 200mbs I'm tired of having to wait. I thought maybe more ram would help but im at 4GB and it did nothing to speed up the refresh. I'm guessing this is graphics card related. I am thinking i need a graphics card that is - what? - Faster -more memory? I don't know. I'm hoping someone here can tell me if the graphics card is what i need to upgrade. I'm currently using a NIVIDIA Quadro FX 560.
Photoshop is a memory and CPU hog, not graphics card. Most people I know working at that rez, etc have 8 gigs RAM and at least a Quad Core, or a very highly overclocked C2D CPU. Some even have dual quad cores.
4 gigs RAM you have is ok, but my guess is your CPU is underpowered for your use.
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Photoshop doesn't use the gpu much. For best performance you need multiple hard drives (scsi 15000 rpm would be the best/if not go WD raptor 10k rpm). Photoshop uses multiple hard drives for scratch...similar to virtual memory for the os. Also if you are using xp sp2 32bit you can use the 3gb boot option to increase memory to the apps. Windows will allocate 50% to the OS and 50% to the app by default...The 3gb option (change made in the boot.ini) will allocate 75% to app and 25% to OS. Max memory supported in xp 32bit is 4gb...xp/vista 64 bit can support more memory.
Photoshop doesn't use the gpu much. For best performance you need multiple hard drives (scsi 15000 rpm would be the best/if not go WD raptor 10k rpm). Photoshop uses multiple hard drives for scratch...similar to virtual memory for the os. Also if you are using xp sp2 32bit you can use the 3gb boot option to increase memory to the apps. Windows will allocate 50% to the OS and 50% to the app by default...The 3gb option (change made in the boot.ini) will allocate 75% to app and 25% to OS. Max memory supported in xp 32bit is 4gb...xp/vista 64 bit can support more memory. Faster Processor makes the biggest difference...check out tom's photoshop chart.