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  1. Ateamstuff

    Ateamstuff

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    Hello there,
    New to the forum so bear with me....
    I am wanting to replace my aging computer (Windows) i have done a bit of research and found the following computer spec, what do you think or is it overkill?

    • Dell i7 7th generation
    • 7700 kk 24 ghz
    • 64 Gig ram
    • 2 x nvidia gforce 1080
    Regards,
    Alan
     
  2. sep9001

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    Hi Alan,

    Welcome to TP, spec looks good, if it is in you budget go for it.

    It depends on the size of the RAW files, you may be able to get away with an i5 with 32 or even 16gb RAM and put the saving in a SSD.

    Thanks
     
  3. Ateamstuff

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    Thanks for the reply,
    I usually use a Leica d-Lux type 109 or in the past a Nikon D700, but since using my D750 and taking some panoramic images i have struggled!!
    Regards,
    Alan
     
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  4. sep9001

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    I have a d750 but have not tried a panarom, I use a i5 machine with 12gb of ram and have not had any problems in LR.

    I presume you are using Photoshop.
     
  5. Nawty

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    More RAM won't really help unless you are manipulating multiple massive .tiff files, which it sounds like you're not, on the whole 16gb is plenty and 32gb more than 99.99% of people need.

    The i7 will be nice to have for bulk actions like exports but won't show too much difference in day to day usage, in fact for LR you might be better off with a lower spec (i5) faster clock speed CPU.

    Neither PS or LR make much use of the graphics card (in fact I find it better to have GPU acceleration switched off in LR) so unless you are doing lots of video editing or 3D work you don't need two high power CPUs

    As others have said, a decent SSD will make a massive difference in the responsiveness of the machine so I would prioritise that over the other niceties you have specced.

    So, all in all, yes it's a nice machine but isn't really tailored to your requirements. It will work great but you could either A) spend less and get the same performance or B) spend the same and get better performance for you.
     
  6. petersmart

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    I have an i7 3770 with 16Gb RAM and a 250Gb SSD.

    It also has a Radeon 1Gb graphics card, solely so I can use my 40" TV as a monitor (and TV!)

    Any Video rendering is done on the PC as is any photo editing then offloaded to external HDDs.

    I find this setup suits my way of working perfectly and the SSD, 16Gb RAM and the video card are all I really need for a fast responsive machine.
     
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  7. Brazo

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    Both graphics cards are unnecessary unless your a gamer.
     
  8. afasoas

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    Halve the RAM and use the money saved to buy two SSDs, use one for OS and programs, the other for LR temp files and Photoshop scratch disks
    An i5 will probably be sufficient
    Go for a single NVidia Quadro graphics card unless you are gaming
     
  9. Byker28i

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    Have a look for a motherboard that takes M2 SSD for the Operating system. Mine does 2400Mb/sec read, 2000mb/sec write and flies.
    i7 fastest proc, 32Gb fast memory, 512Gb SSD for lightroom cache and catalog, another for this years raw files, then a number of large 4 Tb drives raided for image storage and previous years raw files.

    works well for me. It's a disk based operating system so worth giving it fast disk access.
     

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