>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.