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desktop pc what specs?

lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
21 May 2013 9:46AM
Of the processors, I have one machine with an Intel i3 and one with an i5. There is no discernible difference in performance. 8Gb is not necessary as such but it does make the machine seem noticeably smoother in operation.

An SSD with OS, program files and the Lightroom catalog speeds things up nicely. Make sure the machine has SATA 3 if you will use an SSD as they are about the only things for which it makes a difference (throughput of even a fast HD hardly tests Sata 1, let alone 2 or 3). Graphics cards are basically for games, they excel at 3D and motion texturing. Any card, provided it has the outlets you require, will do. I have the luxury of a cheap 30 graphics card on one machine and a 200 one on the other. It makes no difference to Lightroom or PS at all. This is personal experience rather than theory, mind you.

Also, a couple of USB3 slots are good to have for external disk usage.

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puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
21 May 2013 11:03AM
Overclockers are a good company. I bought a new motherboard not long ago.
davidburleson Plus
11 3.0k 3 United Kingdom
21 May 2013 11:48AM
+1 for overclockers, scan is another decent one. They both have fairly decent prebuilt computers if you don't want to build your own.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
21 May 2013 2:33PM
A few years ago, I bought a custom-built machine from a local dealer. When it went wrong and needed a new hard-drive, I learned that the Windows and the pre-loaded software, Photoshop, Office etc were all pirate copies. And of course the dealer had closed down!

I now buy branded machines, Fujitsu Siemens CAD workstations, that work straight of the box. In the unlikely event of a problem, the service backup is excellent. We've bought 6 machines and the only issues have been 2 HDD failures and we can't blame that on FSC. One was during warranty and they sent me a new HDD straight away.

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