I came by a spur of the moment thought the other day that I should probably upgrade computers. My laptop is going on 4 years old and while it still functions ok, I'd be foolish to expect that it is going to live a whole lot longer with frequent use. I had previously avoided shooting RAW because of the post processing time involved (using PSE9). Just browsing through the pictures to decide on keepers can be a long process. Well the days of shooting jpeg is over for me (about 3 years too late, unfortunately) so it only makes sense to make some upgrades. My initial thought was buying Lightroom 5 (and possibly the NIK Collection), at which point I thought getting a new PC first would probably be a sensible decision. I briefly thought about having somebody like NCIX build to specs, but then comparing to Dell's offerings I didn't see a whole lot of savings going that route.
I've decided on the U2412M monitor but I'm stuck trying to decide between 2 desktops as to which makes more sense to me.
Essentially the difference comes down to an additional 1TB of storage, 8GB of memory and a 32GB SSD Cache for an extra $200. Comparing spec wise to what I have now, I don't know if those features will be of a lot of benefit. I've only used a little over 100GB on the laptop and an additional 250 GB on my external hard drive, but I've also just started shooting RAW so I'd expect those numbers to become much larger in the future unless I tighten the criteria for shots worth keeping. I don't imagine the additional RAM would be of a lot of value for my uses (aside from editing just general web browsing). But I've never used a PC with SSD, so I don't know how benefitial that would be for this work. Any thoughts?
My current laptop specs, FWIW: http://www.samsung.com …ebook/NP-SF510-S03CA-spec