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05/09/2018 09:58:44 PM · #1
Intel i5-4440 CPU 3.10 GHz 8GB 64 bit machine win 10

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

Do I need to upgrade anything?

05/09/2018 11:05:42 PM · #2
It's actually marginally faster than what's in my laptop. The 8GB of RAM is sufficient, and the GPU will definitely help. My advice is, on import, let the machine churn through and build all the 1:1 previews, and then start work. The Lr interface may respond slowly while the previews are being built.
05/10/2018 11:50:42 AM · #3
Originally posted by shoff:

Intel i5-4440 CPU 3.10 GHz 8GB 64 bit machine win 10

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

Do I need to upgrade anything?


8 Gb is marginal for Lightroom, particularly if you work with large RAW files. 16 Gb is minimal, 32 Gb is better. Find out the max RAM your system supports and upgrade.
05/10/2018 01:09:45 PM · #4
BTW this is my laptop specs

Lenovo Thinkpad W520

Intel Core i7-2920XM quad-core CPU
Win 7 64 bit
16GB DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA Quadro 2000M w/2GB DDR3 VRAM GPU switchable to Intel HD Graphics 3000

//www.notebookreview.com/notebookreview/lenovo-thinkpad-w520-review/

Should I use my laptop or desktop?
05/10/2018 02:51:34 PM · #5
Originally posted by shoff:

BTW this is my laptop specs

Lenovo Thinkpad W520

Intel Core i7-2920XM quad-core CPU
Win 7 64 bit
16GB DDR3 RAM
NVIDIA Quadro 2000M w/2GB DDR3 VRAM GPU switchable to Intel HD Graphics 3000

//www.notebookreview.com/notebookreview/lenovo-thinkpad-w520-review/

Should I use my laptop or desktop?

Arguably the laptop for the RAM, I'd say. Does either of the machines run an SSD? That makes a huge difference as well. If you use the laptop for Photoshop, set it up with an external monitor in a 2-monitor configuration. I did that for several years with my big ASUS, though now I have a strong desktop machine and a more portable laptop.
05/10/2018 03:54:04 PM · #6
They both have SSD. 256 on the desktop and 180 on the laptop.
05/12/2018 09:35:10 PM · #7
Although, I think my laptop would be fine to use. It only has Windows 7 and I'd have to buy Win 10 for $120 from Micro$oft.

Lightroom needs win 10.

Is it worth it?

Or, should I just use my desktop?

Steve
05/13/2018 01:35:49 AM · #8
Originally posted by shoff:

Although, I think my laptop would be fine to use. It only has Windows 7 and I'd have to buy Win 10 for $120 from Micro$oft.

Lightroom needs win 10.

Is it worth it?

Or, should I just use my desktop?

Steve


Lightroom CC (the cloud-centric version) does need Win 10, but Lightroom CLassic does not. Here is the specs page for Lr Classic. So you should be fine running Lr Classic on your laptop. The processor on your laptop looks to be a little faster than your desktop processor as well. You do have a pretty capable GPU on the laptop. A couple additional thoughts:
- A good external monitor would be a huge benefit on the laptop.
- An upgrade to Win 10 isn't a bad idea in any case. There's always a slight risk that there are hardware compatibility issues, but I've run Win 10 on much older laptop hardware.
05/13/2018 08:45:06 PM · #9
A friend of mine has an extra copy of Win 10 64bit. Once I get it I'll be using my laptop for Lr

If I get classic, can I then upgrade to the full version?

Now can anyone recommend a good book/video to get me started? I like books!

Message edited by author 2018-05-13 20:53:36.
05/14/2018 02:54:52 AM · #10
Originally posted by shoff:

...If I get classic, can I then upgrade to the full version?


Both Classic and the cloud version are full versions. Classic is the version that is intended to operate as a "classic" desktop application. On a Creative Cloud subscription, you have access to both.

Originally posted by shoff:

...Now can anyone recommend a good book/video to get me started? I like books!


Here is one that should be good. The other author I like on this subject is Martin Evening, but it seems his latest edition was released in 2015.
05/14/2018 11:16:41 AM · #11
Actually, that's funny. I was just looking at his book. I think the latest was 2017

https://goo.gl/cGzic6

Abe books has used versions for $29

Message edited by author 2018-05-14 11:18:37.
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