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


PRIZES GALORE! Enter The ePHOTOzine Exclusive Christmas Prize Draw; Over £10,000 Worth of Prizes! Plus A Gift For Everybody On Christmas Day!

What spec do you have.


User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 11:17PM
New PC is one of these It's initially more expensive than a standard machine but no fans, no dust, less power consumption and zero noise. It's a joy to use.

Spec is Crucial 512gb SATA 3 SSD, 2tb Data drive, 32gb RAM, Core i7 3770K 77W Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT610 Fanless Graphics Card, Win 8

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

13 Mar 2013 11:27PM

Quote:New PC is one of these It's initially more expensive than a standard machine but no fans, no dust, less power consumption and zero noise. It's a joy to use.

Spec is Crucial 512gb SATA 3 SSD, 2tb Data drive, 32gb RAM, Core i7 3770K 77W Quad Core CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT610 Fanless Graphics Card, Win 8



Nice set-up, but what a price, even with the standard model at over 1000! I build my own PCs and my main system has similar specs to yours (although different branded components) and that only cost about 700 or so
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 11:32PM
Mine was about 1700 in total. I paid about 70 quid just for a rubber thing that goes around the mechanical drive!

I built my last four PCs. This time I really wanted to treat myself and I didn't compromise on the components. I calculated an equivalent Dell was about 1200.
13 Mar 2013 11:57PM
If you shop around carefully (on self-builds) you dont have to compromise on components or quality.

One system i looked at wanted something like 250 extra to include the same 'basic' graphics card you could buy for around 150. By the time you added up the component costs (and a decent looking case) compared with what they were offering as a complete package, there was around a 40% mark-up (more, if you used like for like rather than fitting it out with superior components)
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 1:15AM
There's a lot of satisfaction with self-build PCs and you should save money but the last time I added up the cost of a self-build it wasn't that much cheaper than the same spec ready-built system selling on ebay.

When I say I didn't compromise, I mean that when speccing the system on the Quiet PC page I just got the biggest and best of everything, I'd have been fine with 16gb of RAM but I got 32 and so on. I considered self build it but I wanted it in a hurry and with it being fanless there were new components and ideas, stuff I'd never built before. Some of the more specialised components are only available from that company in this country.
14 Mar 2013 10:20PM
Just thought I'd give a quick update, I have just ordered the components for my new machine, in the end I decided on the following spec

Intel I5 3570K 3.4ghz
16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black Low Profile 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Dual/Quad Channel Kit
MSI Z77A-GD65 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3
Samsung 250GB SATA III SSD
2TB WD Caviar Green SATA III HDD

This will all be attached to my existing Graphics card, DVD RW and External 2GB HDD. All this for about 700.

Thank you for all your advice and help, and thank you for not turning it into the usual Mac V PC mines better than yours

Chris
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2013 11:59PM
Sounds good Chris - wonder how long it is before we're all speccing our new ones with i12 32 core processors etc etc!
15 Mar 2013 1:45AM
Just got a D7100, so I just bought a few HDD's for more storage.

Built the following myself:
Intel i5 3570K at 4.2ghz
8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR 1600mhz
Asus P8Z77V Pro
2gb Gigabyte GTX 670
Sandisk 120gb SSD
Sandisk 240gb SSD
2x 1TB WD RE4 HDD (these are strictly for photos and videos)

I'm still trying to figure out what the best way to keep my pictures all backed up. I've had so many external HDD's fail over the years.
15 Mar 2013 6:36AM

Quote:I'm still trying to figure out what the best way to keep my pictures all backed up. I've had so many external HDD's fail over the years.


Me too. I'm starting to thinking about adding cloud to my backup solution. Ie photos backed up to external drive and the cloud
User_Removed 10 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 11:47AM
Some ePz members back up religiously to an external drive but the whole setup is stored in the same house where the same fire, flood or theft could leave them with no pictures.

I use a cloud back up called Backblaze, they could go bust of course but probably not at exactly the same time as my computer explodes.

Windows 8 has an excellent Storage Pool facility built in, you can add drives whether network, internal or external and they all appear as one big drive that is already backed up with at least one extra copy of everything as soon as you save to the drive.

I used to be in the habit of backing up to an external drive which I'd keep at my dad's house. I really need to get back into that habit. I'll probably switch cloud provider soon to SkyDrive as it integrates nicely into Windows and it's very easy to access from other devices.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
15 Mar 2013 11:53AM
I've just started storing stuff on cloud, but most of anything I would be sorry to lose is already on the web in some form anyway. So I'm not overly worried about my digital photos and videos.

My big problem is albums of photos and boxes of slides which aren't even digitised. It is a huge undertaking if I do it myself, and very expensive if I get it done professionally.
karl 11 588 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2013 11:16AM
AMD have lost the plot unfortunately. The i3 and i5 firmly kick them in to the bushes, let alone the i7. For years I had AMD, and the same at work for our servers - they were AMD Opteron. Now we use Intel, AMD can't come close except in very limited circumstances.

Can get some good deals on i5 3570k + motherboard + 8GB RAM at the moment, less than 300.

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.