Wayne, same with me but on W7 64bit. I have 16GB of memory, no swap space and LR never went over 8GB. I use a core i5 on Ivy Bridge MB, the area where i suspect most of the performance of LR is determined is the CPU time, which could point to programming issues or to performance hinders with the SQLITE database. The system disk and the catalog disk both are Samsung 830 SSD's, not noted for being slow actually, noe of both are more than 50% full. LR does write temp files to the systemdisk, but from my interpretation of the resource monitoring of LR it is centered around the CPU processing mostly, so code or database.