Fri 10-Feb-12 02:26 AM | edited Fri 10-Feb-12 02:29 AM by chiefmasterjedi
I'm one of the lucky ones that doesn't need to worry about computer specs because I'm an avid gamer. I have dual screens, intel i7 Quad core with multi threading (equivalent to having 8 cores)the CPU is liquid cooled and overclocked to 4Ghz, dual Nvidia GTX 570's in SLI, 6 gigs of tripple channel ram, 2 SSD drives in Raid0 and 2 terabyte storage drives.
When it comes to photo editing it's not all about the CPU like it is in video editing, for photos you want RAM and fast hard drives as scratch disks and a good graphics card can help with rendering your edits faster in Photoshop. The best computer upgrade I have ever done was adding SSD drives to my rig.
For those people worried about editing the D800 files, I would recommend 2 SSD drives, 1 for the Windows operating system and 1 for a scratch disk and then another 1 or 2 terabyte or bigger drives as storage and back-up. Then about 6-8GB of ram and any PCI-E graphics card that has been made in the last couple of years because you are only rendering 2-D images not 3-D gaming graphics but Photoshop can use the GPU to offload other tasks that the CPU would normally have to do. Depending on your current computer specs, all the above items should cost you around $500-$600 and you'd be set for processing and storing many D800 NEF files.