No offence, but you must be kidding. Running a multi-core aware program, and keep using other power hungry apps at the same time ?
It's like doing squats while riding a bike uphill - something's got to give.
So we should expect to have a seperate system for CS5, C1, a DAM like ACDSee or what ever you like as a DAM, and say another for Acrobat, and Illustrator, and InDesign?
I alway need 3 of the above on...ACDSee, CS5 and C1 are constant. Usually Acrobat Pro, and often InDesign. Is InDesign hungry? Acrobat? Helicon? ACDSee?
I already have a seperate print "server" computer running the RIP to print, and double tasking doing emails, QuicBooks and Acrobat. then I have the tether to Digi back capture computer, then the G5 just sitting idle so I look cool to a Rachel Zoe Director that doesnt know any better, and another for web, TV, music. And another for the manager to use QBooks, MS Office, Acrobat, web, ACDSee. and all systems have Acronis, Acrobat CS4/5, ACDSee, and likely a couple other things.
What else do we NEED to isolate to get things to move FAST? I think its the hard drives that are slow to read and write PSD or even TIF files....thats the bottle neck in most systems I would say.