Future-ready PC build project

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I am now ready to build a new dedicated Lr PC and wondering how to go about it... Specifically, the following factors are potentially important but might play different roles pending (near) future developments of Lr. For sometime now Adobe is promising vast improvements but Lr is still rather sluggish, particularly given the new huge RAW files we get from our latest cameras. The straight question is what are the expected improvements the development team is working on? For example, can we count on Lr to make use of more RAM and more cores or are we still going to (just) rely on overclocking of up to 6-cores and 30-something RAMs? Pending on the expected improvements that are now in the works, I would like my expensive PC build to best fit future characteristics rather than the current specs and limitations... If possible, and I might be already asking for too much....:>), a timeline for any such future developments could greatly help anybody who is trying guess and build a future-ready Lr machine.
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Ralf Bruechmann

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Hi Abo,

please look at this post @DPReview:
https://www.dpreview.com/news/6947305878/adobe-is-preparing-a-major-lightroom-classic-performance-up...

As of Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 there will be improvements due to more RAM and due to more cores.
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My advise is not to bother. I did this in May 2016 - 64 Gb RAM, 3.4Ghz Processor, 12 cores, 2400Mhz RAM, GTX Titan Graphics w/12Gig dedicated VRAM, 2 internal 1 Tb SSD drives. Now I am totally sorry I did it. My current powerhouse is as slow or slower than my previous computer. I have been trying to get Adobe to help me figure this out since July 2016 (yes, 2016) and still I have slow performance issues.

Don't waste your money building a powerhouse for Lightroom because from all I read on the forums, the more power you have the worse the performance. Sounds counter-intuitive but if you read lots of entries on performance, you will see I am telling it like it is.
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Ralf Bruechmann

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yes, you should definitely wait for the 7.2 version.
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Laca Port

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Thanks for the input! I'll certainly wait for the next ver.; however, it is increasingly frustrating. Given their current structure there is no sense in including more than 32Gb RAM (they can only use ca. 30) or more than 6 cores. The daring (incl delidding...) build done by Paul Stammatiou https://paulstamatiou.com/building-a-windows-10-lightroom-photo-editing-pc/ assumed no future improvements on those critical fronts..., which is rather sad for us all. I think that if they do not step up their game REALLY SOON, we are going to see some massive desertions... I really hope they come up with something drastically better; I am at the very end of my rope...

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just found this... https://fstoppers.com/originals/hands-first-look-new-lightroom-update-promises-faster-speeds-216517
If 15% improvement is considered to be a big deal, I am almost ready to give up...
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It's 15% relative only to 7.1, so to get a fair impression of what Adobe have been doing in 7 you have  to compare the improvement to 6.14. Tasks like exporting or building previews are well-suited to quantifying the benefits, and I was seeing 40-50% improvements in 7.0 over 6.14.
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I have been playing with Capture One. On my PC it is blazingly fast and very similar to Lightroom in design and layout (once you tweak the layout which is totally customizable unlike Lightroom). I have so much time and experience with LR (since ver 1) but I too am at the end of my rope. I don't think they really care if many of us leave - their new CC version seems targeted to cell phone photographers that can store their images on their servers which is the direction all money flow seems to be headed in the computer industry. 

Not sure what to do any more!! Very sad!