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Upgrade or total new build for graphic design work (spec included)

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March 8, 2013 9:47:01 PM

My current machine is approaching 5yrs old and the only upgrades since originally built are ram and hard drives. Specs below...

Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz 44 °C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. G31M-S2L (Socket 775)
Graphics
SyncMaster (1680x1050@59Hz)
SyncMaster (1680x1050@59Hz)
256MB Quadro FX 370 (nVidia) 73 °C
Hard Drives
733GB Western Digital WDC WD7501AALS-00E3A0 ATA Device (SATA) 41 °C
156GB Seagate ST3160815AS ATA Device (SATA) 41 °C
244GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SP2514N ATA Device (PATA) 38 °C
Optical Drives
LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1L ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device


It was originally an autcad and 3dsmax machine. Now it is for photoshop cs6 working with photoshop files which are approaching 1gb in size.

The problems which are slowing my workflow are mainly:

opening and saving files in photoshop can take up to a minute
occasional errors in photoshop due to having multiple images open
very slow refresh on folders showing .tiff files as thumbnails, and filtering/searching such folders which might have 200+ files is also slow

The question i have is what is the best upgrade path or is everything so old that any upgrades will likely be hampered by bottlenecks in other parts of the system?

I feel like my only option might be to put the primary partition on an SSD but wonder if that will have much effect given the age/speed of the other components?

Beyond that it comes down to replacing the mobo/cpu and then i feel like the cpu will be under performing because it will be drip-fed data from the old hard drives.

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March 9, 2013 12:40:42 AM

I try a putting a ssd in and if that doesn't work you might just want to build a need system. I recommend the Samsung 840 500gb http://www.adorama.com/SSG7TD500BW.html?utm_term=Other&... Also get a new video card that is 1gb since cs6 requires at least 256mb.
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