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Apr 17, 2012 13:47 |  #1

Hi guy's I have been looking at both DELL XPS 8500 along with the DELL 620.

One has i7 and other i5.

Can anyone recommend a PC based on photo editing only. I don't need a monitor.

Thanks.

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Apr 17, 2012 15:38 |  #2

i5 or i7, both are fine. You won't get much performance increase from the i7 so probably best to spend your money elsewhere, like on an SSD.


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Apr 17, 2012 16:08 |  #3

Any chance you could build your own? How much are you looking to spend?


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Apr 17, 2012 17:20 |  #4

Thank you both. As for bulding my own I don't actually know the first steps and I am afraid of being "ripped off" I suppose. At least with Dell you get your warranty etc and they seem quite credible.

I have max £800


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Apr 17, 2012 20:12 |  #5

THE TROOPER wrote in post #14282831 (external link)
As for bulding my own I don't actually know the first steps and I am afraid of being "ripped off" I suppose.

Ignore the word gaming in this tutorial it's only tossed in for search relevancy. You will find that it's much easier then you might think as long as you have a good 4-5 hours to spare for your first build. Also about a day to research components is a good idea which you can do a little here and there in your spare time.

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=w-uHmL7Y2UU (external link)

I know most wont agree with me but Dell is crap they use cheap boards and bottom of the line components unless you get into the higher end systems. But with those better systems you can actually buy the same parts Dell sells you for 1/3-1/4 less money and assemble everything yourself. You still get a warranty on all the parts in some of them have a superior warranty to even what DELL will offer you after paying them a premium to assemble everything. There are so many complaints about the lack of support from DELL over the years and they have been sued so many times it's not even worth counting on the warranty unless you have a leprechaun tied up in your basement.

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http://www.consumeraff​airs.com …ll_extended_war​ranty.html (external link)




  
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Apr 17, 2012 21:30 as a reply to  @ isoMorphic's post |  #6

you can get a much bigger bank for the buck building your own PC. Get with a friend who builds PC for help. If you don't have a PC geek for a friend, it is past time to become one or at least become friends with one. Building PCs is relatively straightforward.

These days I would build a new PC based on an Intel CPU for the 2011 socket and a motherboard using the X79 chipset. There are several good mobo makers such as Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI.




  
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Apr 17, 2012 21:54 |  #7

MCAsan wrote in post #14283977 (external link)
you can get a much bigger bank for the buck building your own PC. Get with a friend who builds PC for help. If you don't have a PC geek for a friend, it is past time to become one or at least become friends with one. Building PCs is relatively straightforward.

These days I would build a new PC based on an Intel CPU for the 2011 socket and a motherboard using the X79 chipset. There are several good mobo makers such as Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI.

Unless you know what you're doing and look out for good deals you'll not get better deal than a pre-build computer. You'll get better components, etc, but price wise Dell systems are pretty competitive.

Sandy Bridge E system? Why in the world would THE TROOPER need one for photo editing?


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Apr 17, 2012 22:37 |  #8

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You'll get better components

In the end this is what counts but you also gain knowledge of how your system works. Gone are the days of paying Geeksquad $200 to add a new Hard Drive or $80 to insert a stick of ram. No more having to wonder if it's safe to open the machine up and clean out the dust bunnies yourself.

Instead it puts the power in your hands and when it's time for an upgrade you wont need to call on anyone else. When your PSU dies you know how to change it without wondering if the geek is swapping your $200 PSU for some $39.99 China made junk (some PSU's are in fact made from scrap parts) with a Rocketfish sticker. Then claiming it was the PSU or hard drive when it was really a bad stick of Ram preventing boot-up which then leads to bigger problems down the road.

Educating yourself is worth any cost but if you can actually save yourself money and learn in the process thats priceless.




  
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Apr 18, 2012 06:59 |  #9

Sandy Bridge E system? Why in the world would THE TROOPER need one for photo editing?

Because it is a good investment. It will around performance wise for many years to come. Software processor loads go up with subsequent dot releases of applications. If you areing to get a new machine, get the most machine for the buck...something that will last at least 3-5 years.




  
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Apr 18, 2012 11:11 |  #10

^^^^^^ Thats how I build machines too. Beast of a machine upfront and I usually dont have to upgrade for another 5 years.


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Apr 18, 2012 11:14 |  #11
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THE TROOPER wrote in post #14281712 (external link)
Hi guy's I have been looking at both DELL XPS 8500 along with the DELL 620.

One has i7 and other i5.

Can anyone recommend a PC based on photo editing only. I don't need a monitor.

Thanks.

Ian


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Apr 18, 2012 15:19 |  #12

Could I cast a vote for the OP just getting prebuilt PC? Sure building one is no big deal, I've built several. But I also like noodling around with computers, I've also spent a fair amount of time troubleshooting unexpected conflicts and failures. The OP strikes me as someone who isn't too interested in doing any of that. For people like that I say buy a Dell or an HP with the warranty and a helpline. Because when something goes wrong it's their problem, not yours. But if you guys still insist on him building his own you should at least give him your phone number so he has someone to call when something goes wrong.




  
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Apr 18, 2012 15:23 |  #13

Like others I would suggest building your own, but if you are going to go with a Dell, the i5 is more than enough, I would double check how much RAM upgrade costs and then check that with the price of RAM on Newegg. I have found myself using over 6GB of RAM when doing certain things in Lightroom or Ps and with the price of RAM you will probably be better off getting the minimum with the system and grabbing an 8GB kit from NewEgg.


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Apr 18, 2012 21:50 |  #14

MCAsan wrote in post #14285661 (external link)
Because it is a good investment. It will around performance wise for many years to come. Software processor loads go up with subsequent dot releases of applications. If you areing to get a new machine, get the most machine for the buck...something that will last at least 3-5 years.

Good investment? i7 3930k + decent X79 board = ~$750. i7 2600k + decent Z68 board = ~$350. There's about $400 difference and THE TROOPER is not likely to see the difference in performance in photo editing.


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Apr 19, 2012 13:33 |  #15

Oh yea, 2600K is def more than one needs for 99.99999999999% of whats done on a home PC.


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