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  1. #1
    Dec 2016

    Build Advice for photoshop .psb large format

    Hello guys,

    I'm working with large images in photoshop in .psb format: 160.000 pixels X 300.000 pixels. When saved on Hard Disk the file size is 4.7 GB, but while working on photoshop it says 110/120 GB.

    Problem 1) With my current laptop it takes more than 20 hours to save it. (I saved it with compression thou)

    Problem 2) The image also contains a lot of layers, and when I start to work on the file, like adding objects and moving layers (please consider I'm not using filters, i'm simply creating a kind of mosaic), at the begininng Photoshop responds fast. But more things I do, more time it takes to esecute the command. After 20/30 minutes it becomes very slow, taking up to 2/3 minutes to move a layer or to add a new object... And the time keep increasing up to 5 minutes... (I tried also to remove "undo actions" but improvement is marginal)

    Problem 3) I stopped to work on it as was strenuos and as I decided I need a new desktop for this project. But when I will resume my work, i estimateed the images size may increase over 10 Gb.

    This is my current Laptop: DELL INSPIRION 15-3521 (Pentium 2127U 1.9 GHz / RAM 4GB / HD 500GB / Win 8.1 64 bit)

    So this is the new desktop configuration i would like to check with you:

    CPU: i7-6850K 3,6 GHz
    MB: Asus X99 STRIX
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 64GB (4x16GB) 3.000
    GPU: Sapphire AMD RX 480 8GB
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S
    STORAGE: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD 500 GB
    STORAGE: WD Black 3.5 7.200RMP 2TB
    Case: Zalman Z11 NEO
    PSU: Corsair Vengeance 650W

    Total Budget 2.200 euro

    Do you see any incompatiility among components?

    My goal is to reduce drastically the saving time and being able to work on the image without minutes idle time beetween commands.

    Do you think will it be enough to work on my project?
    Do you have any suggestions to change some of the components?

    Thanks a lot,
    Last edited by Keldrilh80; 12-15-2016 at 08:28 AM.

  2. #2
    Jun 2012

    Re: Build Advice for photoshop .psb large format

    Hi, Keldrilh80!

    Welcome to the forums. I just saw your post and did a quick analysis of your build. I don't see any glaring compatibility concerns. I have some suggestions, but they're going to add to the bottom line:

    • the board and CPU support 128GB of RAM and since you're saying the files are ~110GB while you're working, bumping up the RAM would definitely help
    • The 960 EVO is a good idea, I would say bigger is better, especially if you can't increase the RAM since the computer will then lean on the your boot drive to provide the needed space
    • Let me start by saying I haven't worked in photoshop so I don't know if this will help, but you should research whether a Pro version GPU would be better. nVidia has the Quadro line; AMD used to have FirePro but I don't know if they're changing it with Ryzen (Zen) or if they have released anything recently. They are significantly more expensive, but they're geared for professional style work, which is what it sounds like you're doing

    Hope this helps.

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