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.