As promised, a pic of my new build
I know it's very crowded in there...the PSU isn't a modular one, so there's lots of cables just lying around in there, but I like my case anyway.
Just thought I'd share some thoughts about this. I've actually haven't had THAT much use of the new CPU, simply because it's so fast. It's lightning fast. Nothing that I do can make it work harder than 10%. I'm not kidding. It's is a beast.
The 4Gb's of RAM really makes a big difference compared to the 2Gb that I had earlier. When I throw everything I have at it, it consumes about 3,4 Gb of my RAM, so I'm seeing noticeably better performance.
HOWEVER, there's a downside to all this. The extreme speed of my new components makes it painfully obvious to me how extremely slow my hard drive is. It's a first gen S-ATA, and even though it is in fact a 7200 rpm drive, it's very, very slow compared to the rest of my system.
The solution? I'm buying new hard drives as well...in a couple of months. I'm thinking a 80Gb SSD (Intel X25) and a 1TB Samsung F3. The SSD will house Win 7, Lightroom, CS4 and a couple of games (Should be enough space for that I think), and the Samsung will house the rest of my files.
But you're probably thinking, what about your images dude? Well, I was thinking like this. When I import my images after a shoot, I import them to the SSD, to get the best possible performance when editing in Lightroom and CS4. Then, when I'm done editing, I'll simply move the files to my storage drive, and let them stay there. Does it sound like a good solution to you guys?
Anyhow, I have some questions regarding Lightroom and hard drives, and it involves some keywords...but that story belongs in another post.