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Mar 18, 2017 11:50 |  #1

I am looking to either buy pre-built PC or may attempt to build my own.

If you were in the market for a new computer for photo editing what would you do? If need be the budget can be stretched a few $100 dollars.

No monitor needed at this time.

Keep in mind that I'm currently using a 6 year Dell desktop and I have a 3 year old Asus laptop.

I would like to purchase a desktop of some sort.

Feedback welcome.




  
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Mar 18, 2017 19:43 |  #2

Hodgecl wrote in post #18304234 (external link)
I am looking to either buy pre-built PC or may attempt to build my own.

If you were in the market for a new computer for photo editing what would you do? If need be the budget can be stretched a few $100 dollars.

No monitor needed at this time.

Keep in mind that I'm currently using a 6 year Dell desktop and I have a 3 year old Asus laptop.

I would like to purchase a desktop of some sort.

Feedback welcome.

I would definitely build your own, building a computer is basically like Legos, just follow some simple steps and anyone can do it.

If buying new I would go with a Ryzen R7 or R5 build. You could get the R7 1700 with a basic motherboard and 16gb of RAM for around $450 (less if you go with an r5 chipset), then pick a case of your choice, Hybrid drive or HDD and SSD for OS (my recommendation), 400w PSU, buy a Windows 10 key from www.Kinguin.net (external link) (they're very safe and legal, I've bought several Windows 10 keys from them) and find a keyboard and mouse you like and throw it together in a couple hours, should be fairly easy with a $750 budget if you play your cards right ;)

I've helped several friends build PC's at this point and they're always surprised by how easy it is. I myself just got into PC's only a couple of years ago... before then I was an avid Mac supporter and refused to consider a PC.

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Mar 18, 2017 21:07 as a reply to  @ EverydayGetaway's post |  #3

Ive never heard of site to buy Windows 10 key.

Would you recommend Windows 10 or something else?




  
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Mar 18, 2017 21:26 |  #4

I don't know if it's worth the hassle to build anymore and this is coming from someone who has built all his and family PCs for decades. Just looking at this from Tiger it's got way more power than you'll ever need for image processing maybe with the exception of a SSD which is easy to add. Poke around, there are hundreds to choose from. My last PC was an Asus from Fry's. I added a SSD and a couple data drives and that's it. I did do a scratch install but as it came licensed, it's just a download from MS. Everything is there and working out of the box.

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Mar 18, 2017 22:22 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #5

Any in particular you would recommend from Tiger direct?




  
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Mar 18, 2017 22:27 |  #6

I have been building PC's for personal use, friends, family and to earn extra cash for 20 years. With the budget you have, I would also look at a pre-built, there are tons in that price range and you will find deals/sales that will match and exceed building your own.

With regards to Ryzen based systems, unless you have experience dealing with early adopter problems on completely new hardware I would wait at least a few months until the BIOS/software issues are sorted out.

Buying a pre-built or building your own also involves choices based on usage. If you only do photo editing high core count processors offer little benefit beyond 4 cores, for most tasks in photo editing single core processor power offers the most performance, the current king for such usage is the i7-7700k. GPU acceleration for photo editing is another area where there is little benefit beyond onboard or basic GPU's.


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Mar 22, 2017 13:18 |  #7

Building a PC is easy, troubleshooting it when things go wrong may not be. If you don't love poking around in PCs and just want to process photos there's a huge amount of value in having a vendor's warranty to fall back on instead of taking the time required to pinpoint a hardware/software problem and then dealing with all too common finger pointing, ie the motherboard mfg says, "it's not the MB it's the memory" and the memory mfg says, "it's not the memory it's the MB." If you buy a premade system you just tell the vendor to fix it without slogging through the details.




  
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Mar 22, 2017 16:05 |  #8

http://www.bestbuy.com …r/5595424.p?sku​Id=5595424 (external link)

This is at my local bestbuy.. wasn't sure how this will do?




  
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Mar 23, 2017 03:51 |  #9

Hodgecl wrote in post #18308191 (external link)
http://www.bestbuy.com …r/5595424.p?sku​Id=5595424 (external link)

This is at my local bestbuy.. wasn't sure how this will do?

For a prebuilt unit it will work just fine.

I prefer building my own PC but if your buying a pre built unit my only suggestion is to downloading Macrium Reflect "free" and make an image of the HP's 128gb hard drive after you configure all of your personal programs. Why???

In a short period of time you'll use up that small amount of space in no time. If you make an image of your SSD drive you can buy a larger SSD in the future and make a "carbon copy" of the current "small ssd". This process will take about 20+ to 30 minutes. You'll thank me later!!!!

In your case I'd suggest paying a local computer shop to assemble a computer for you. It will cost you more but you'll have the control of purchasing known good parts like Samsung Evo 500gb ssd, Western digital Black 2tb,4tb, 80 plus gold certified power supply, i7 intel skylake (doesn't necessarily have to be the latest kaby lake), at least 16gb of ddr4 ram etc.

Using display port cable you will have enough resolution to run a 27 inch monitor. You do not need to buy an expensive video card for simple photo editing needs. Many onboard video ports can handle simple still photography post processing.

Just remember your buying into a system that should be able to handle photo and video editing for the next 5yrs. In the next 5yrs I cannot see all full frame sensors all becoming 50 megapixel camera's (Canon 5dsR) so realistically speaking even an intel i7 system built 2012 can handle 50mp files in lightroom. Infact my 6yrs old i7 w/ Samsung 500gb SSD is slightly slower than my 2017 intel skylake 4.2ghz system (with same model ssd) I built couple months ago when it comes to photo editing.

I will never buy a prebuilt system due to my preference in internal computer components.


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Mar 23, 2017 04:28 |  #10

http://www.logicalincr​ements.com/ (external link)

Look at the $839 PC - Replace the graphics card with a lower model.

You can choose the cheapest motherboard, case, cooler, and power supply. The i5 7500 or 7400 should be fine, 16GB ram would be preferable, get the biggest SSD you can afford with a large normal HDD for storage. Run the OS/lightroom/ps on the SSD and keep the files you're working on there, once you've worked on them you can move them to the normal HDD.




  
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Mar 23, 2017 20:53 |  #11

The local HP looks fine. Off the shelf may be more difficult to add drives and customise - I chose a case that can fit something like six 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives, plus DVD.

I've built my PCs for years. They're really fiddly. Heatsinks and cable routing are especially annoying.


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