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9th June 2010, 12:04 AM #1
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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9th June 2010, 09:12 AM #2
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.
9th June 2010, 09:33 AM #3
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.
9th June 2010, 09:37 AM #4
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.
9th June 2010, 09:37 AM #5
your probably right i need at least 6GB and probably raid now, cant see me sticking with this £600 budget.
9th June 2010, 09:39 AM #6
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.
Last edited by SYSMAN_MK; 9th June 2010 at 09:45 AM.
9th June 2010, 09:43 AM #7
"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
9th June 2010, 09:45 AM #8
Light room is the main software used, photoshop is only used for stuff Lightroom cannot do
9th June 2010, 09:50 AM #9
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 09:58 AM.
9th June 2010, 09:51 AM #10
My Pc is a bit OTT I must Admit!
Originally Posted by dirtydogmitchell
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!
Last edited by danrhodes; 9th June 2010 at 09:53 AM.
9th June 2010, 09:53 AM #11
That and a 1D!!
Originally Posted by danrhodes
9th June 2010, 09:53 AM #12
i got Jacked!
Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc
9th June 2010, 09:55 AM #13
how fast do the images rendor?
Originally Posted by danrhodes
9th June 2010, 09:58 AM #14
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!
9th June 2010, 09:58 AM #15
I'd be tempted to go down the Intel route for a bit more grunt...
i5 - 750
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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