I'm presuming you're talking about GBytes of memory, not MBytes. You say your Windows Experience Index is 5.1, can you say what the individual elements of that index are? (Click on the text that says "Windows Experience Index" and you will get a breakdown of that index. Are you sure that LR is crashing because it's running out of memory? Normally it should be virtual memory so it would just make room by paging lesser used pages out. Before spending any money, I think the main thing is to identify exactly where the bottleneck is. People will say "Buy this" and "Buy that" but you really need to identify the bottleneck rather than just buy whatever is the "in" accessory. What operations are slow? Have those operations ever been faster? What resources are those operations using?LaurenceJPowerI've got an HP Elite 7500 i5 3570 machine with on board graphics and 6Mb Ram running W7 64. Windows experience is coming in at 5.1 1) Occasionally Lightroom crashes due to the entire memory in the machine being used up 2) I would like to speed up the machine without spending megabucks I note that Adobe now try and suggest a number of graphics cards which PS is profiled for, these are all too expensive. so the question is should I upgrade the RAM to 8 or more MB, or use an "external" graphics card, if so how much memory, how little cash should I be able to get away with? I realise that some of you will complain about me trying to save money, well I beleive in value for money, one can get the very very best, it will cost an arm, a leg or two and then some, by spending possibly half as much one can often get 75-80% of the desired result, this is what I call value for money, maximising the return on investment. Thanks guys and girls
you can get 2GB nVidia GeForce cards for less than £50 (fanless too) and they should be fine with any OpenGL/DirectX processing you throw at it as you only really need more power if you're going to do 3D/heavy video work and it's unlikely that machine's power supply will cope with fast cards anyway.