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Old 12-23-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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My current setup just isn't cutting it as far as running Lightroom and Photoshop, and it's an older All-in-One, so I'm limited on upgrades. Looking at buying a stand alone tower, so I can add monitors and whatnot as I see fit.

I have saved up a handful of Best Buy gift cards, and have some Best Buy Rewards $$$ as well, so I would like to purchase something off the shelf, if possible. Here's what I'm leaning toward:

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Intel Core i7
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256 GB SSD
1TB Hard Drive

What are your thoughts on this setup? I'm thinking the SSD should help speed up my photo editing software. Any other suggestions?

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Old 12-23-2017, 12:16 PM   #2
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For photo editing, focus on RAM and processor speed. That said, once I went to a SSD I could never use a computer with a conventional HD again. The speed difference for just basic tasks was amazing.

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Old 12-23-2017, 02:46 PM   #3
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I just built a new one 2 weeks ago and it's fast but the LR and PS CC aren't quick on it but everything else flies. AMD Athlon II, 16 RAM. I also have a 1 TB SSD drive.
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Old 12-25-2017, 03:52 PM   #4
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For photo editing, focus on RAM and processor speed. That said, once I went to a SSD I could never use a computer with a conventional HD again. The speed difference for just basic tasks was amazing.

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Thanks for the tips!
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Thanks for the tips!


Not an apple guy? I made the switch last year an do not think I will go back to a pc.


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Old 12-28-2017, 01:49 PM   #6
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Im not anti-Apple, I'm just more comfortable with a PC. Been using PC's for work and home for close to 20 years now.

As expensive as Apple machines are, I'd hate to spend all that money, just to end up not liking it.

I'm definitely open to suggestions, though!
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Old 12-28-2017, 05:08 PM   #7
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Im not anti-Apple, I'm just more comfortable with a PC. Been using PC's for work and home for close to 20 years now.

As expensive as Apple machines are, I'd hate to spend all that money, just to end up not liking it.

I'm definitely open to suggestions, though!


You can run Windows as a virtual machine on a MAC.

Never PC again here. Been MAC since 2011.


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Old 01-06-2018, 03:07 PM   #8
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Well, the new PC/Mac is going to have to wait. Went into Best Buy with a handful of gift cards yesterday, and came out with a new 6D MkII. Made the jump to full frame. Thankfully, two of my current lenses are compatible, so I'm not starting from scratch, completely. Looking forward to getting started with it!
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:04 AM   #9
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Any more Mac vs PC opinions?
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On the PC. your video card is also important.
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Old 02-01-2018, 11:32 AM   #11
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I don't think your 1TB hard drive is large enough. I won't buy anything smaller than 2TB and I have a couple of 4s now.

Processor and RAM as mentioned above.

Get a good, or great, monitor. It is the real key to what you experience with your machine. I bought a BenQ that was highly rated for photo editing and had a great price. It's a great screen.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:44 PM   #12
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:06 PM   #13
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I don't think your 1TB hard drive is large enough. I won't buy anything smaller than 2TB and I have a couple of 4s now.

Processor and RAM as mentioned above.

Get a good, or great, monitor. It is the real key to what you experience with your machine. I bought a BenQ that was highly rated for photo editing and had a great price. It's a great screen.
I'll second the BenQ. I've had one for a few years and it is still amazing. Great price and a beautiful picture.
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:44 AM   #14
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I'm in the process of building a new tower for photo and video editing. Attached is my build. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jV9ZLJ
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I'm in the process of building a new tower for photo and video editing. Attached is my build. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jV9ZLJ


https://pcpartpicker.com/list/QpFD8Y



Made a few modifications, but I completed my build.


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Old 03-28-2018, 02:08 PM   #16
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https://pcpartpicker.com/list/QpFD8Y



Made a few modifications, but I completed my build.

Very nice!
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