I am having slowness and stuttering problems doing video editing and large photo editing in CS5 Premiere and Photoshop. Running Windows 7 64.
Also when it comes time to encode video, all 4 CPUs max out and it is fairly time consuming.
Advice needed: should I upgrade my existing system with more RAM, a new graphics card and an SSD boot drive, or just do a whole new build?
My current system:
Gigabyte P-35 Motherboard
Intel Q6600 CPU
4 MB of DDR2-800 RAM
Nvidia 8600 GTS GPU
I am contemplating buying 16 MB of RAM for $399, a new GPU, maybe the Nvidia 570 that is supposed to come out next week, and an OCZ 60 GB SSD drive for about $140. Also overclocking the CPU, which I haven't done yet. The new components aren't cheap, but are obviously cheaper than a whole new system.
Willl any or all of these steps give a nice bang for the buck, or is it throwing good money after bad and should I just build a new Sandy Bridge system when the parts become available?
If I do the upgrade of the existing system, the plan would be to wait another year and a half or so and build a state of the art system to keep for a while.
I would appreciate feedback about pros/cons of the two strategies.
1) If all 4 cores are in use, and you are 100% cpu bound, and it takes a long time, then more cpu power is needed.
replacing the cpu with a Q 9550 or such will help, but not dramaticaly. OC is possible, but not a major help. Something like a i7-950 would be good, and it will respond to overclocks. Check the anand benches for your type of jobs: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=50
2) Unless your need is urgent, I suggest you wait for Jan 9 when sandy bridge processors will launch. Rendering performance of the i5-2400 is near the i7-980X, a $1000 cpu. The unlocked 2500K or 2600K can only be a bunch better yet.read about it here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...
3) The SSD is very nice, but it won't help your editing. If you can, though, plan on one, it makes everything feel faster.