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    Sub £600 Pc for the wifes Photography!

    I’m going to build the wife a nice pc for around £500-£600, not having built one or kept up to date with the latest components for a few years .I’ve spent a few days with my best friend Google trying to find out the sort of spec I should go for, here's what I’m thinking:

    AMD Athlon II X4 Quad Core 630 2.80GHz (Socket AM3)
    Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 (Socket AM3) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (HD103SJ) x 3
    Asus GeForce GT 220 1024MB DDR2 PCI-Express Graphics Card
    Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)
    LG GH22NS50 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black) - OEM
    Win 7 64bit

    That alone comes to about £520 (not including the Win 7 cost) and I still need to buy a PSU, Case and few cables etc.

    I’m not sure if I should go for raid or just simply use another drive for backups.

    The PC will be used for Lightroom and Photoshop only- she recently imported 1500 photos from an all day wedding so the pc needs to be quick to copy this volume of raws and render them.

    Do I even need a quad core? Does lightroom\Photoshop harness the technology?

    I would be interested to hear from any photographers and the spec of your rigs.

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    More RAM!
    4Gb doesn't feel like enough if you're going to be working with multiple RAW images.

    Definitely need a good backup system - that disc will fail at some point (not because it's a Samsung but because that's what happens to spinning discs!) and there's not going to be happiness if the pictures are lost :-)

    Photoshop can use multiple cores (John Nack on Adobe: What's the story with Photoshop & multi-core?) but I think that whether you benefit depends on what you are doing - some stuff won't be improved by multicore but would be better with faster discs.

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    As srochford says, Photoshop is CPU & memory intensive and can exploit multi-core systems. I bought a cheap DELL Optiplex Q6600 with 8gb memory and stuck 3x HDD in it, one for the system and a RAID1 pair for data, both of which are backed up to my Homeserver. I am running Windows 7 64 bit.

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    I have 12GB DDR3 2133Mhz in my PC and when I'm working with multiple RAW Files from my 1D I end up using most of it! CS4 is very RAM and CPU Hungry.

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    your probably right i need at least 6GB and probably raid now, cant see me sticking with this £600 budget.

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    Have to agree with the more memory suggestions. I run PS CS4 with 8GB and that's not even enough at times. ( Have had PS gobble up the best part of 5GB at times! ) Also the faster the HDDs the better.
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    "picks himself up of the floor" and shouts how much for 12 GB ram!!

    is it over kill though? my wife has been using a laptop core 2 duo and 4 GB ram for the last year or so with no problems

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    Light room is the main software used, photoshop is only used for stuff Lightroom cannot do

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    I'm running CS3 with 2GB on a single core machine, I am however fairly patient.

    I think an upgrade is in order.

    What do people do about backing up their photos, at the moment I just copy them to a spare harddrive.
    Last edited by K.C.Leblanc; 9th June 2010 at 08:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydogmitchell View Post
    "picks himself up of the floor" and shouts how much for 12 GB ram!!

    is it over kill though? my wife has been using a laptop core 2 duo and 4 GB ram for the last year or so with no problems
    My Pc is a bit OTT I must Admit!

    Intel i7 965 3.2Ghz - Intel® Core
    12GB Hyper-x DDR3 2133Mhz - Kingston Technology Company - HyperX DDR3 -

    Raid1 for System Drive
    Raid5 for my Data Drive using 1TB Seagate Disks.

    Its a good partnership, and lightening quick!

    D
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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    My Pc is a bit OTT I must Admit!

    Intel i7 965 3.2Ghz - Intel® Core
    12GB Hyper-x DDR3 2133Mhz - Kingston Technology Company - HyperX DDR3 -

    Its a good partnership!

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    That and a 1D!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    I'm running CS3 with 2GB on a single core machine, I am however fairly patient.

    I think an upgrade is in order.

    What do people do about backing up their photos, are the moment I just copy them to a spare harddrive.
    i got Jacked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    My Pc is a bit OTT I must Admit!

    Intel i7 965 3.2Ghz - Intel® Core
    12GB Hyper-x DDR3 2133Mhz - Kingston Technology Company - HyperX DDR3 -

    Raid1 for System Drive
    Raid5 for my Data Drive using 1TB Seagate Disks.

    Its a good partnership, and lightening quick!

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    how fast do the images rendor?

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    Depends what I'm doing, I can pretty much render and Filter or Effect onto a RAW file within a few seconds. Even a 100% Radial Blur with all the bells and whistles takes only 10 - 15 seconds which is rather quick!

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    I'd be tempted to go down the Intel route for a bit more grunt...

    i5 - 750
    Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2

    Then throw as much ram as possible. Personally I wouldn't bother with raid for reduncancy, but feel free to use it for speed, I'd just backup to a different phsyical disc.

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