Thanks. I will look at both methods and see if I can work the extra steps for a couple of years without "cracking" and buying LR4 and maybe a new computer.
I have an old Core 2 Duo processor, and only 3 GB of RAM, but I upgraded both the video card and the OS within the last year.
Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0 ghz
3 GB Ram
NVidia GeForce GTX 550Ti
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
I could buy LR4, and then buy some memory and up this to 4 GB or maybe more for $200 or so IF it would be enough to make a difference. What do you think?
I'd spend $100 on memory. Check your emory type, many core 2 duo systems use cheap DDR3 memory.
16GB of DDR3 memory costs less than $100. If you happen to be stuck with DDR2, you can buy 8GB for about $100.
Memory is cheap.
I do have the DDR2, unfortunately. I agree with your logic, and I just ordered the maximum (8 gigs). That will be useful no matter what.
I think I will just suck it up and order the LR4 upgrade now. If nothing else, my doing so is a surefire way to guarantee Adobe will release LR5 almost immediately!