My trusty desktop PC has finally passed away from long-standing motherboard problems. I built that machine in ***2004*** and it was still a Photoshop champ -- which tells you how carefully I spec machines.
But six years is a long time not paying attention, and I am utterly lost in 2010 technology. I'm buying a barebones processor/motherboard/memory combination for a machine that will be 80% Photoshop, with maybe some video editing and Flash and a little light gaming. I have two main questions:
This dual/quad core thing...I understand it's multiple processors, but does software have to be rewritten to take advantage of that? Specifically, does Photoshop make use of it? (I think I'm up to CS2 on that machine).
And memory...does speed of memory make a significant difference for Photoshop? I'm sticking with XP for now, so I'm only getting 4 gigs, but I wondered if it was worth splashing out on the newest and fastest.
Any other suggestions you might have for an elderly geek would be most welcome.