Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS
  • REVIEWS
  • INSPIRATION
  • COMMUNITY
  • COMPETITIONS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


What spec do you have.


studioline e2
4 72 4 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 10:12PM
Lol. Very true Keith. I went for a beast of a machine as I think I never want to look at it again for another 5 years at least.

also Coolermaster 500w . Wish I had gone for a 700W power supply unit.

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

4 Mar 2013 10:43PM
Studioline, I've got the 60D so 18MP. Previously I ran a 8mp 350D and was using LR3 & CS3. Since all the upgrades it's almost ground to a halt
studioline e2
4 72 4 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2013 10:47PM
That is more or less what happenned to me with the larger pixel count, came more processing problems to a point where the computer would struggle and crash. My way out was to get a much more powerful desktop. I run an 15 laptop but I am not sure if that would even cope with the processing power required.
I'm thinking now of building my own with the following spec, any thoughts

AMD Fx 8320 3.5ghz (4ghz turbo) 8 core
16gb
120gb ssd (for os and program's)
600w corsair psu

From existing machine
DVD rewriter
Card reader
512 gb hard drive(for files)
256 mb graphics

What does everyone think?
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 9:30AM
I don't really know the answer, and I don't use Photoshop, but my desktop is

i5 Quad core 2500k at 3.3GHz
4GB ram
GT 520 with 1GB ram
2.5 TB on hard disks

and 1.5TB external back up disk

I expect that is a bit humdrum now, for example people are including ssd system drives nowadays, in laptops as well as desktops.
I don't see a need for i7 unless you are doing seriously heavy duty 3D design work.
I believe i5 is still the most cost efffective in comparing performance, price and power consumption.
You probably don't need a special graphics chipset either unless you are doing 3D or 3D games.

Getting a good spec in a reasonably priced laptop is a bit more difficult, but I should think 600 would cover it easily.
5 Mar 2013 10:30AM
Have been looking into this and think I might just leave it with on board graphics and share. Even sharing 1.5GB will leave 14.5 Gb left for RAM
Martin54 e2
8 509 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 1:02PM
If you are thinking of building your own, there are some good deals at AWD , who also trade on Am*zon as ADMI Ltd. I've recently upgraded to this bundle with 8GB RAM - great motherboard package, plenty fast enough for photo editting. The on board graphics are fine, I don't see the need for a separate card.

Adding a solid state drive just for the operating system helps a lot with speed, I'm running windows 7 64bit on this SSD .

Martin
studioline e2
4 72 4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 10:02PM

Quote:I'm thinking now of building my own with the following spec, any thoughts

AMD Fx 8320 3.5ghz (4ghz turbo) 8 core
16gb
120gb ssd (for os and program's)
600w corsair psu

From existing machine
DVD rewriter
Card reader
512 gb hard drive(for files)
256 mb graphics

What does everyone thin



I think that is a good spec for what you need. i would say that 512 may fiill up fast but you can always add later. also if you find the graphics card slow, you could again add later on so the system can grow with you.
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 10:14PM
I think a 512 is a false economy, 1tb drives hold twice as much but are nowhere near twice the price. Your boot drive could do with being bigger but they are expensive items and it's still possible to install lesser used programs on your second hard drive.
7 Mar 2013 12:24AM
Thanks Chris. I already have the 512gb in my current PC, was going to use that for now and upgrade later to a 2gb. I also have a 2gb external drive. As for program's, the main ones I use are LR, CS6, iTunes and MS Office. My main confusion is the whole AMD or Intel battle. Can anyone shed any light as to which is better
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 9:15AM

Quote: the whole AMD or Intel battle
I've used AMD in the past, believing it was more cost effective at that time, and also encouraging choice in the industry.
Now though, I would just go with Intel as it saves angst and cuts my research time in half.
I may change that point of view if there is a significant move toward an alternative, but for now Intel is a no fuss option.
Thanks Keith, Looks like an Intel I7 will be going in in place of AMD then.
studioline e2
4 72 4 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2013 12:01PM
ALso note that there is a huge difference in hard drives. Try to go for a single platter 7200 drive where possible. They are almost as fast as ssds!
SosFM e2
5 81 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 9:02PM
Chris L you don't say what your new machine is, I would be interested to know?
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
13 Mar 2013 9:06PM
It's a 27in Mac. He'll tell you otherwise but he lies.
Wink

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.