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Apr 08, 2013 12:55 |  #1

Hey guys, here's the deal. I've been using my 4 year old Asus laptop for all my photo processing, and its starting to really hate me. I have Lightroom 4 and Zerene Stacker and I'll probably get Elements in the future.

My school offers anywhere from a 10-20% discount on Dell computers, so I was thinking of using them although they do offer 10% from Apple. I'm not computer savvy, so building one is pretty much out of the question (although if the price/performance ratio is just too ridiculous, I can ask a friend to build it for me).

So I would really not want to go over $600, and that will need to include the monitor and everything as well. Not sure if going used would be a good idea?

Based on my extremely limited research, this is one option I have come up with.
http://www.newegg.com …aspx?Item=N82E1​6883155499 (external link)

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Apr 08, 2013 15:42 |  #2

Your asking for a great deal of desktop for near the price of a low end laptop. About the best you can do is go prebuilt otherwise the Windows OS itself with custom build will eat up a big chunk of your budget. You wont get much and your upgrade options would be severely limited anyway. I doubt you will get the best lightroom experience but if that fits your budget you should probably roll with it. Between the lcd, case, cpu and Windows license to build your own without even adding power supply, ram, hard drive, dvd burner and a motherboard you would be at or near $400 already.




  
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Apr 08, 2013 18:46 |  #3

Well that's quite the bummer :/


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Apr 08, 2013 19:11 |  #4

This is the best that I can do, making acceptable sacrifices based on what I'm comfortable with for a photo editing rig and allows room for lots of upgrades. I'm assuming you'll be doing no gaming:

http://pcpartpicker.co​m/user/jcrew270/saved/​1rGf (external link)

Honestly, building your own computer isn't very hard, you just need to read the manuals given to you and watch a few youtube videos. In the end, you end up with a computer that meets your needs, and nothing more/less. I hadn't built a computer in over a decade and it was still easy to remember the steps in my most recent build. I built my own computers by myself when I barely knew how to use one back in the day.


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Apr 08, 2013 19:27 |  #5

Thank you!

So what is the average price for a good computer along the lines of what I'm looking for? Since I'm obviously very out of the loop on how much computers cost ;)


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Apr 08, 2013 19:32 as a reply to  @ HelplessSEAL's post |  #6

No offense but going from an i5 with better graphics performance on a low budget to an i3 is not really a smart move. The Dell system offers a mouse, keyboard, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support plus a Card reader included in the cost even if they aren't that expensive to add those things later.

The motherboard and PSU are likely crap and normally I would never recommend a prebuilt PC to someone who can afford to avoid one. But at this price point you simply can't beat the value in buying an off the shelf system or just get another lappy.




  
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Apr 08, 2013 19:35 |  #7

Tiller wrote in post #15805359 (external link)
Thank you!

So what is the average price for a good computer along the lines of what I'm looking for? Since I'm obviously very out of the loop on how much computers cost ;)

About $800 would be a much more ideal budget for a budget system giving you the added perks of a good PSU, 16GB ram, solid motherboard and all around better performance.

Btw the OS is what eats a good chunk of that budget at $92 for Win 7 home or $96 for Win 8 system builder.




  
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Apr 08, 2013 22:25 |  #8

Ok, thanks. I'll just deal with it a little longer and save up.


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Apr 09, 2013 02:54 |  #9

isoMorphic wrote in post #15805400 (external link)
About $800 would be a much more ideal budget for a budget system giving you the added perks of a good PSU, 16GB ram, solid motherboard and all around better performance.

Btw the OS is what eats a good chunk of that budget at $92 for Win 7 home or $96 for Win 8 system builder.

Much more of the budget should be allocated to a good monitor, if this is going to be a photo editing rig...


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Apr 09, 2013 14:21 |  #10

HelplessSEAL wrote in post #15806722 (external link)
Much more of the budget should be allocated to a good monitor, if this is going to be a photo editing rig...

Actually the screen is not as important as reliable hardware so personally I'd dump as much into hardware as possible. You can get a decent smaller size 20-22" LCD for a song and upgrade when funds allow.




  
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