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New Desktop & Monitor for photography/editing

 
katie7287
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Sep 07, 2017 11:50 |  #1

Hi Everyone,

I am a photographer and I currently own a H8-1534 desktop and a 27ea63v-p monitor.

I am looking to upgrade my desktop/monitor. I am not entirely sure what to look for in a desktop. I want a fast and good graphics card. I was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction? Is it cheaper to have one built if you have a family member who knows how to?

I want a faster desktop and a good monitor for editing. I use lightroom, photoshop, and adobe bridge. I also shoot in RAW format. I do have a external hardrive that I store everything on.

Is there anything in particular I should look for when choosing a new desktop and monitor? The problem is, I don't want to spend thousands of dollars. Color accuracy is important

Any help is much appreciated :)

Thank you




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John ­ from ­ PA
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Sep 07, 2017 14:51 |  #2

That desktop comes with a 1.5 TB 7200 RPM HD and 10 GB RAM. If what you are looking for is speed I would get a good SSD, something around 500 GB and mirror the existing installation to the SSD. Make the SSD the boot drive, then configure so that your images are on the HD and the application software and OS are on the SSD. This will give you system that is considerably faster than what you have.

If you insist on going to a new PC, then try to get something with a SSD and move the 1.5 TB into the new machine as a 2nd drive.

The LG 27ea63v-p si 27 inches. Do you feel you want something bigger or just improved display? The better IPS monitors in 27 inch will run about $400 to $550.




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-dave-m-
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Sep 07, 2017 16:27 |  #3

katie7287 wrote in post #18446693 (external link)
Hi Everyone,

I am a photographer and I currently own a H8-1534 desktop and a 27ea63v-p monitor.

I am looking to upgrade my desktop/monitor. I am not entirely sure what to look for in a desktop. I want a fast and good graphics card. I was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction? Is it cheaper to have one built if you have a family member who knows how to?

I want a faster desktop and a good monitor for editing. I use lightroom, photoshop, and adobe bridge. I also shoot in RAW format. I do have a external hardrive that I store everything on.

Is there anything in particular I should look for when choosing a new desktop and monitor? The problem is, I don't want to spend thousands of dollars. Color accuracy is important

Any help is much appreciated :)

Thank you

For your usage anything beyond an entry level graphics card will have no real world gain. Lightroom, Photoshop and Bridge all depend heavily on cpu speed for processing. For photo editing higher core speed is more important than core count and it will remain that way until Adobe completely rewrites the code for photo editing software to take advantage of higher core counts and better graphics card utilization. For example, a two core processor running at 4500GHz will be faster for most photo editing tasks than a 4 core processor running at 4200GHz if both processors are from the same company and generation. Also consider Intel processors have a substantial advantage in per core processor power/speed when compared to AMD.

Personally I would be looking at something with an Intel i5(i5-7600 for example), Amd Ryzen 3(1300x) or AMD Ryzen 5(1500x), 16 GB of DDR4 RAM(using 2 of 4 slots to allow for increase in the future if needed) and nothing higher that a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. I would also look for a PC with a SSD of at least 250 GB capacity. Newer ports such as USB 3.1, USB Type C and Thunderbolt will also become more important in the next couple of years, so having them on board will make it more compatible in the near future.

As for a monitor, there are countless good IPS panels available that will give very good color accuracy without breaking the bank. I would also invest is a color calibrator such as the Datacolor Sypder5 or equivalent from another brand.


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mavislan
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Oct 28, 2017 03:23 |  #4

What's your budget? I have used Dell P2415Q monitor for many years. it's great for photo editing. https://www.amazon.com​/gp/product/B00PC9HFNY​/ (external link)


or you can see this page, https://thedigitalcame​ra.net ...-editing-and-photography/ (external link) it's a great article to review monitor for photo editing.




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alex66
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Oct 28, 2017 05:17 |  #5

If you go for a new monitor look for something with a decent colour space or ability to show it and if you can get a 4k screen it does make editing nicer. With a new PC as others have said go for an SSD decent amount of Ram and reasonable CPU the faster you go the longer it can be used for. I would also look for a machine that is easy to add other hard drives and extra memory to, you could then add another smaller SSD for lightroom or similar library files and editor disk cache along with bigger storage HD as need arises. If you can see if the maker uses a standard power supply with the current connection standard so if you decide later you need a bigger graphics card that uses more power then its easy to upgrade. There are specialist PC building services/ made to measure services that may be worth looking to, it makes it possible to get exactly what you want.


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