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Is this a solid PC for editing? (building my own)

 
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Dec 23, 2013 18:30 |  #31

Great PC for editing. Go with 16Gb RAM if you can afford it. Otherwise you're all set


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Dec 24, 2013 10:07 |  #32

yamatama wrote in post #16512843 (external link)
So i have being doing research and getting to know a little bit more in this topic of computers.

Did you get it? What was the final parts list and how's it working?
Any lessons learned?


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Dec 27, 2013 07:08 |  #33

Hey

Update on the purchase. So i ended up buying a Mac mini because some parts for the PC would not ship to Puerto Rico or the shipping cost was way to much wich was a bummer. I got the Mac mini in a very nice price, here are the specs:

Processor:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU Speed: 2.26 GHz
Onboard RAM: 8 GB
Maximum RAM: 8 GB
RAM Type: PC3-8500 SO-DIMM

Video:
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
VRAM: 256 MB

Storage:
Hard Drive: 1 TB 5400 RPM
Optical Drive: Internal 8x SuperDrive

Networking:
Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Airport Extreme: Internal 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: Internal 2.1 + EDR

Mac OS X:
Minimum OS: 10.6 "Snow Leopard"
Maximum OS: 10.8.2 " Mountain Lion" (Latest Version)

So with that said, What can i upgrade from that list? Can i add more RAM? Was it a good buy?

Keep in mind fellas this machine is only for photo editing, mainly Lightroom.


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Dec 27, 2013 12:24 |  #34

Honestly for Lightroom a Core2Duo was a poor choice. The i7 based mac mini would've been a much better choice. Not much point upgrading it since Lightroom is largely CPU dependent. After all that advice too.

SSD may make a little difference, but with the CPU as a bottleneck it's like putting shiny wheels on a rust bucket car.


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Dec 27, 2013 12:47 |  #35

yamatama wrote in post #16556829 (external link)
I got the Mac mini in a very nice price, here are the specs:

That Mini is 3 or 4 generations old. I suspect it will have trouble with many of the newer high megapixel cameras. You're maxed out on RAM.


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Dec 27, 2013 13:15 |  #36

Ok ok so i called the guy and did not pulled the trigger, he was ok with me backing out, i guess i got a little desperate.

As you can see I still dont understand a lot of the terms you guys use and it looks like i wont be building a PC (price and shipping to PR)

I had an emergency and spent a couple hundreds (my flash died during a wedding and had to order another one) so that leaves me with $1000 for a Desktop.

http://www.ebay.com …p_PCs&hash=item​5af5959acb (external link)

Do you guys think that's solid? leaves me with a couple of money to buy a good monitor and a spyder calib.

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Dec 27, 2013 13:18 |  #37

Yes that's a solid PC. Just add an SSD when you can and it'll be fast. It only ships to the US though.


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Dec 27, 2013 13:42 |  #38

Dammit, just saw that... -__-


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Dec 27, 2013 13:44 |  #39

This one does. Thoughts?

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Dec 27, 2013 14:12 |  #40

Looks fine too. Lenovo laptops are good. You could see if Lenovo will let you order online and send to you directly, that way you get a warranty.


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Dec 28, 2013 09:15 |  #41

I know Im being a pain in the ass but i just want to have as many options to make the right choice, this mac mini is i5 8gb.

http://www.ebay.com …_trksid=p3984.m​1423.l2648 (external link)

Right now my other option would be the Lenovo

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Dec 28, 2013 09:21 |  #42

Either of those will work fine. You could buy an SSD and install it in the Lenovo and free up the spinning drive for photos. That should make it substantially faster than the Mini. With the Mini, you'd need to buy an external USB3 or FW800 drive if you keep a lot of your images.


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Dec 28, 2013 11:16 |  #43

Tony-S wrote in post #16559421 (external link)
Either of those will work fine. You could buy an SSD and install it in the Lenovo and free up the spinning drive for photos. That should make it substantially faster than the Mini. With the Mini, you'd need to buy an external USB3 or FW800 drive if you keep a lot of your images.

Thanks Tony-S, I think I'm 75% on what i want, Went to Sams club to do a little bit of groceries shopping and came across this desktop, it seems quite ok and i could upgrade some things here and there... with the monitor calibrated would this be a good buy?

http://www.samsclub.co​m …l-core-i5/prod11440716.ip (external link)


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Dec 28, 2013 14:10 |  #44

The iMac i5 would be nice, especially with the 128GB SSD - though you'd need another disk of course.

That last Dell is fine, one generation behind the current but still faster than my PC, which is two generations back. The i7-3xxx is probably faster than the i5-4xxx though. Well faster for batch processing, and between generations there's like 10% difference, nothing in practice.


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Dec 28, 2013 14:18 |  #45

tim wrote in post #16559961 (external link)
The iMac i5 would be nice, especially with the 128GB SSD - though you'd need another disk of course.

That last Dell is fine, one generation behind the current but still faster than my PC, which is two generations back. The i7-3xxx is probably faster than the i5-4xxx though. Well faster for batch processing, and between generations there's like 10% difference, nothing in practice.

Thanks Tim, what about the monitor? would i be ok with the one in the last dell? Calibrated of course.


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