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Oct 27, 2013 18:09 |  #1

I'm note up to date with the current computer spec's. PC or Mac. How do they compare to what I have now, and would I see much of a speed boost?

AMD Athlon x2-Dual core QL-65 2.10 GHZ
4 gig of ram (2.87 useable)
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Oct 27, 2013 18:38 |  #2

Sorry, Radeon 3100 grafic's


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Oct 27, 2013 19:31 |  #3
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More RAM is needed for speedier, though the CPU and hard drive can also boost speed

The specs you have given doesn't look good, so wouldn't touch that with a barge pole




  
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Oct 27, 2013 20:45 |  #4

There's a lot that goes into a computer's performance, not-the-least-of-which is what it's going to be doing. Here's a chart on CPU performance HERE (external link). It's for gaming, but the chart is still sound. The higher you go up the chart the better the performance. Intel is at the top, but AMD is still a very good budget buy and in some cases superior to Intel in some multithreaded apps. If you Google, "Best CPU for the money October 2013" or "Best GPU for the money October 2013" and go with something in your budget, you can't loose. Just remember, the GPU isn't going to help you much if all you do is photography.




  
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Oct 28, 2013 18:24 as a reply to  @ MaxxuM's post |  #5

Thank's for the help, The machine i'm using is terribly sloooow as the above spec's will tell you.Takes a few minute's to view an image in DPP.


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Nov 06, 2013 17:27 as a reply to  @ brantfordbandit's post |  #6

Might have a chance to pick this up from a friend.
2006 mac pro
2 dual core 2.66ghz Xeon 5150 processors
10 gig of ram
1 tb hard drive
16 x dvd burner
nvidia geforce 7300 gt video with 2 dvi ports
2 gig ethernet
etc.
Surely this has to be smoking fast compared to the above mentioned laptop.


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Nov 06, 2013 17:38 |  #7

I wouldn't buy a computer with a 7 year old processor. A cheap to moderate priced computer these days will be significantly faster.

The comment above about RAM being more important than processor isn't quite correct. Once you have around 4GB of RAM CPU is much more important than RAM. The difference between 8GB of RAM and 32GB will make no significant difference to performance for most photographers, but going from a 5 year old CPU design to a brand new CPU design will be really significant. Lightroom is very demanding on CPU, 4GB of RAM is a minimum, 8GB is better.


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Nov 06, 2013 17:46 |  #8

brantfordbandit wrote in post #16430478 (external link)
Might have a chance to pick this up from a friend.
2006 mac pro
2 dual core 2.66ghz Xeon 5150 processors
10 gig of ram
1 tb hard drive
16 x dvd burner
nvidia geforce 7300 gt video with 2 dvi ports
2 gig ethernet
etc.
Surely this has to be smoking fast compared to the above mentioned laptop.

This would be considered "smoking fast" when comparing to the laptop up above but by todays standards its terribly slow even with the dual xeons. Almost any Intel processor today would be faster than the two systems you listed.




  
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Nov 06, 2013 17:54 |  #9

brantfordbandit wrote in post #16430478 (external link)
Might have a chance to pick this up from a friend.
2006 mac pro
2 dual core 2.66ghz Xeon 5150 processors
10 gig of ram
1 tb hard drive
16 x dvd burner
nvidia geforce 7300 gt video with 2 dvi ports
2 gig ethernet
etc.
Surely this has to be smoking fast compared to the above mentioned laptop.

I actually have this exact computer and I use it to manage all my media/itunes etc. It was my editing machine until recently and handled very well. But since it is older tech and thus not 64 bit compatible, it is stuck on OSX Lion and cannot be upgraded further. So while it is still a viable option, it probably won't be for long.


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