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Is 2 gb of ddr3 enough to use photoshop?

by Command3rkool / June 15, 2009 5:30 AM PDT

I am thinking about getting an iMac and photoshop cs4, and am wondering if i should upgrade to 4 gb of ddr3 or if i can stick with 2gb and still be able to multi-task a little while using photoshop? (by multi-tasking, i mean something like having a firefox window and skype open)

thanks in advance

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by Charles_Bronson / June 15, 2009 1:43 PM PDT

CS4 doesn't run as well as CS3. I have 4 gigs of RAM and both versions and usually use CS3, unless I'm editing RAW files, using the clone stamp, or feel like using tabbed windows.

Upgrading your RAM couldn't hurt, but the recommended system requirement is 1 gig for CS4. Personally, I'd just buy more RAM, but I'm sure 2 gigs is fine. You can always upgrade in the future if it's too choppy. There's also the option of disabling open GL, changing Cache size ect. I assume your processor is adequate since you have DDR3?

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Using Vista? If so, use a thumb drive to add ram!
by RLKrueger / August 12, 2009 3:14 PM PDT

You can use an 8 gig thumb drive to add 5 gigs of ram when you need extra ram for applications such as photoshop. I have used a Thumb Drive to add ram so I could play DVDs without any problem. You can use any thumb drive, regardless of size, I believe. It may max out with the limits of what your machine can handle. That may be why I have 3 gigs and using a Thumb Drive will only "Ready Boost" me another 5 gigs, even if I use an 8 gig drive.

Go to Computer, then right click on Removable disk, Then go to properties and click on the Tab that says "Ready Boost" and click ok. This will let you use your available space on your thumb drive for RAM. Anyone who does this will probably notice a big difference when trying to run several intense programs at once. Remember that your "Ram" is 1000 times faster than if your computer needs to "page" information onto the hard drive.

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