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How much computer do we need to handle D800 36mp files?

Arkayem

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"RE: How much computer do we need to handle D800 36mp files?"

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Thu 09-Feb-12 02:55 PM | edited Thu 09-Feb-12 02:55 PM by Arkayem

>I using a Dell quad core desktop with 8gb of ram which works
>fine with 12mp files, just wondering if that would be enough
>to handle the D800's 36mp files?

My Camera: D3, shooting all raw images

Here are a couple of data points to consider.

My old computer that I just upgraded from was an Dell XPS 410 (about six years old):

Processor: Intel CORE Duo 6700, 2.66GHz
RAM: 4 GB
OS: 32 bit Vista
Software: LR 3.6 and CS5.
The upgrade from CS3 to CS5 brought it to its knees! Totally unacceptable!

I recently upgraded my computer to a Dell Studio XPS 9100 with:
PROCESSOR: Intel CORE I7, 2.8GHz
RAM: 12GB
OS: 64 bit Windows 7

This new computer is perfect for D3 raw images. CS5 and LR both open almost instantly, and there is no unusual hesitation when editing. I can also open as many windows as I want to. I have not found the limit. One time I opened 50 raw images in CS5 at one time by mistake (had a total gallery selected in LR). It never even hic-upped.

I expect my new computer to handle D800 raw images just fine.

I think your computer is somewhere between these two data points, but my guess is it will do fine with D800 raw images.

Russ
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Russell MacDonald Photography
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