I do high end graphics work, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.
My current system is a Compaq EVO w6000 with:
(2) Xeon 2.4 Ghz processors
1 GB PC800 ECC RDRAM memory (4 x 256)
Matrox Millenium 64MB Dual channel graphics card
Maxtor Atlas 18GB SCSI drive with 80-68 pin adapter (drive C
DVD ROM (drive d
IBM 36 GB SCSI drive 80 pin (drive f
(both scsi drives are controlled by an onboard adaptec scsi processor)
I have two issues with this system
1) Seems like the hard drives are constantly reading/writing - even when I am not opening files or programs. It takes forever to open files. If I am running more than one program I literally wait 3-4 minutes to switch back and forth.
2) Both a new Dell we have with a P4 3.0 GHz processor and SATA II drive and my IMAC 1.8 GHz outperform my system when working on the exact same file.
(the Dell aand IMAC have 2GB memory, which I am sure helps)
1) Any ideas why my read/write is so pokey?
2) Do I spend the money to upgrade this system or replace it?
To upgrade to 2GBs of memory I am looking at about $660.
To upgrade my video card, another $200 or so
Add SATA I card (PCI slots only) and SATA drive: $175
On my favorite outlet store, I can get an P4 HT 3.2 GHz (or PD 3.0 GHz) with 4GB memory, 160 GB HD and 256MB ATI Radeon for between $850-$1100 (depending on other features)
So do I put the time and effort and mulah into this system or just get a new one?
Before anyones asks, I have defragged the drives numerous times and and I have 456 MB free memory with Photoshop, InDesign and Thunderbird open at once.