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A Sample Workflow Hardware Configuration

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ikesysmi Registered since 14th Sep 2008
Sun 14-Sep-08 09:00 AM | edited Sun 14-Sep-08 09:25 AM by ikesysmi

>Thanks for the info- I use almost the same folder layout
>(yymmdd subject) just no "-". Been using it
>that way for years...
>Now for my question- what about processor/memory? I have
>Athlon 64 duo-core, 2.2Ghz 4200+ proc. with 2G DDR 400 memory.
> GeoForce 6600 video. A couple of fast SATA drives...
>But Capture NX is ridiculously slow. Using XP MCE (media
>center edition). Which cpu/ram/OS are you using?
>
>Thanks,
>Dan
>D300, D70
>Sigma DC 18-125 f3.5-5.6D
>Sigma 70-300 D f4.5-5.6 APO
>Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EXDG
>AF VR-Nikkor 80-400 f4.5-5.6D
>
>
Hi there Dan! I basically built a brand new "monster" system so I can't compare it apples-to-apples with your own but I do have a suggestion or two for you as I also use NX2.

1. I would first increase your memory. This will give you the most bang for your buck as upgrading goes. Increase by another 2GB for a total of 4GB (Windows XP -- including XP media -- can handle up to 4GB total but in actuality due in part to other system devices such as your graphics card(s), your applications -- inlcuding your NX2 -- only see about 3GB of this).

Now, if you switch to XP-Pro we can support up to 128GB! But wait! If you've got the extra cash to go the 64-bit system route then spend a small additional amount and upgrade that puppy to 8GB! Okay, now we're talk'n! Oh, and memory is cheap right now, so buy the fastest your wallet will allow (make sure you match it to your motherboard though -- 1333 Mhz maybe)!

2. Right now, NX2 is probibly taxing your operating system resources (since I haven't a clue what other applications and/or drivers you might be running). So if you've got the room in your PC case (and your wallet), get your XP swap file off from that main system drive of yours and put it on a separate drive all by itself (in my case I bought a speedy SATA 32GB to use just for the swap drive and only spent $35 bucks). Don't forget to buy drive rails and cable(s) to mounnt it (most manufacturers don't include this).

By the way people ... from what I've been reading, there's an idea out there that we might be putting our operating system software onto a single solid-state drive instead of our current mix-mash of whiring hard disk drives. An isolated swap file onto a flash drive too! The cost of the solid states are steadily coming down but right now, much too pricey to implement (although the technology's there to do it).

3. You might also consider upgrading your GPU. I bought a GeForce 9800GT for just over a hundred bucks. These cards are SLI and so if you later find that your system seems to be "bottle-necking" again, you can "daisy-chain" two of these cards together for 2X video performance! Furthermore, this would allow you to us a dual-monitor setup and, as NX2 does support this feature (very nicely), you could display your workspace palette's and other support applications on one monitor and display your graphics (i.e. NX2, CS3) on the other. I just bought a 22" LCD for $130 bucks (that's pretty cheap for the this added flexibility)!

Now, assuming you haven't broke the bank at this point, you might even consider making the jump to a 64-bit operating system some day -- but just make sure your hardware will support it before making the jump. Heck, you'll probibly need a whole new computer by then!

Hope this helps! Regards

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