So, just to clear the air, I'm not looking for a different photo editing software, as I'm content.
What I do is a lot of auto photo editing, like:
Executing Auto Color Balance
Executing Auto Contrast Enhancement
Executing Auto Saturation Enhancement
Executing Edge Preserving Smooth
And on each one a progress bar comes up at the bottom of the screen. I would say to get through all of the adjustments that it takes 45 seconds. What could I do to speed this up? Would it be main processor, RAM, video card? I might upgrade this machine and I might just start from scratch and build a new one.