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New PC ?

covey 16 1.7k Ireland
6 Jun 2007 5:51PM
going to buy a new PC just for Photography.

Any advice on a decent spec appreciated;


anything else I should consider. Main purpose to speed up processing and larger monitor.

Boyd 18 11.2k 11 Wales
6 Jun 2007 5:52PM

Quote:anything else I should consider.

Budget? Might be worth mentioning it.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 5:55PM
I have a dell 24" high definition monitor, pc wise only know 2 things, i have upped my ram to 2GB to handle CS2 and other programs and am just about to upgrade hard drive to 1 terabyte, i have 200gb at the moment and my pictures are eating this up at an alarming rate

covey 16 1.7k Ireland
6 Jun 2007 5:56PM
Prepered to spend what it takes bearing in mind photography only on this machine.


Boyd 18 11.2k 11 Wales
6 Jun 2007 6:08PM
Fair enough.
Here's what I'd do for a home system.
The above suggestion of the Dell 24" monitor is good as is the recommendation of plenty of RAM.
A dual core processor will make light work of photo manipulation as will a fast HDD - I've got a few Raptor drives which do make a difference. Get a small fast one for your scratch disc and a moderate one for your main drive with the OS on it.
Back up using an external drive - I'm currently using a WD external drive with eSATA connection for good transfer speeds.
A dual layer DVD writer may also come in handy.

Right, that's enough from me. My tea's ready.
cameracat 17 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
6 Jun 2007 7:20PM
As Boyd has suggested with a tad more detail.

CPU. Minimum Athlon 64bit Dual Core 4600.

RAM make sure the mainboard can utilize the later DDR 2, And as memory prices are very low at the minute, Go for 4 Gb, as a minimum, PC5300 running at 667 Mhz, at laest.
(( Corsair OR Crucial brand ))

Hard drives Only use SATA 2 type, and go for at least a 250gb as primary drive, with 2 500gb as secondary ( Seagate or Samsung are good )

Graphics for 2D work don't need to be mad, But a good spec board will help speed things up, So here go for a NVIDIA 7600 with 512Mb onboard RAM at least.

Now here is an odd suggestion for an image machine, But it can make a difference to performance, If possible use an add on Audio board, Such as a Creative XF i ( Music ) , This iis optional, and any high end onboard will be fairly good these days, But they Steal resources,

Optical drives as required but a decent DVD/RW, And if your feeling fancy make that a Lightscribe capable version.

Also If you are buying off the shelf, Ask the spotty youth who is selling it about upgrade options, LIKE how many extra SATA ports has it got inside, In case you want to add some later, Same applies to the CPU & RAM, CAN these be upgraded beyond the current specification, This will give you a little head room for expansion & upgrading as required.

A machine with the above spec should Open CS2 from cold in under 2 seconds flat, If you need to compare performance.
covey 16 1.7k Ireland
6 Jun 2007 9:53PM
Thanks Boyd and Camercat, just what I was looking for.

Could you maybe explain the usefullness of the Audio board in laymans terms. I do like my music as well actually.

MarkyMarc 16 498 Canada
6 Jun 2007 10:20PM

Quote:RAM make sure the mainboard can utilize the later DDR 2, And as memory prices are very low at the minute, Go for 4 Gb, as a minimum, PC5300 running at 667 Mhz, at laest.
(( Corsair OR Crucial brand ))

That should actually be 4GB RAM as a maximum. Don't buy more than that, you will be wasting your money. Even if you install the 64bit version of Vista, your 32bit applications won't be able to address any more RAM than 4GB.
bmh1 15 572 1 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 10:21PM
I'd agree with most of the above, though I would suggest that if you don't want 3D performance (for games etc.) that you go for the fastest fanless graphics card you can get - some nvidia 7300's are fanless (fans seem to be one of the least reliable compents in a PC as well as being noisy), also, avoid the cards which use the processors RAM rather than their own - I think nvidia use the term TurboCache for this! - (I have a nvidia 6200 for my non-gaming box). do fanless cards (including some high end ones)

I'd also suggest looking for an efficient power supply, list PSU's which are certified >80% efficient. (I use a CoolerMaster iGreen PSU)

Little Jo 20 2.3k United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 10:52PM
I got my current PC from PC Specialist. They built PCs to order and you have a lot of scope for configuring it how you want it. They do a good job and use quality components.

My PC has an Intel E6700 dual core processor, 4GB 800 MHz DDR2 RAM, two hard drives, an ATI Radeon 1950 series 512MB graphics card and it goes like a dream. You will get plenty of PC for your cash with PC Specialist - that's for sure, and you don't have to include items that you don't want/need.

Definitely worth a can specify the cooling etc too.

Boyd 18 11.2k 11 Wales
6 Jun 2007 10:53PM
That's where I got my home computer from too.

If you're interested like.
covey 16 1.7k Ireland
7 Jun 2007 1:37AM
Thanx all.

7 Jun 2007 2:44PM
Get yourself an iMac – you won't be disappointed.
covey 16 1.7k Ireland
7 Jun 2007 3:00PM
Thanks Rob,

too much hassle to change to a mac now.

Thanks a lot for link to PC specialist. Same spec 50% cheaper than Dell.

Only difference is they only do an 22" Mointor and Dell a 24". I'm not bothered about the 2" but does any one know if theres a big difference in quality.

Dell™ 24" UltraSharp™ Wide Aspect Digital/Analogue Flat Panel (2407FPW)

WIDE 22 INCH TFT Silver/Black 1680 x1050 5MS D-Sub, DVI


7 Jun 2007 3:52PM
The only advice I would give is to buy it from an independant dealer. You'll find the build quality, service and support far superior.

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