desktop computers for photography?

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  1. rebeccayhb

    rebeccayhb TPF Noob!

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    my TOSHIBA laptop is dying..and I've been using it for almost 6 years by now...
    my husband is going to get me a new one but I told him I'd rather get a desktop since I don't travel that much...

    would anybody give me some suggestions? thank you so much!
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hoping this thread will not turn into PC vs Mac type thread that we had once in awhile.;)
     
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    I assume your main goal is for photography? Then the main things you need to look at are:

    - high amount of RAM. 4GB at the lowest, more is better
    - high amount of hard drive space. 1TB or more.
    - high quality monitor. Crappy monitors will affect the colours and such of your images. With this, an image calibration software such as the Spyder3 Pro

    This applies to Mac or PC.

    You should also think about a backup solution for your images. It can be as plain as a secondary internal hard drive, or an external hard drive you copy your images to. I had a hard drive crash, non recoverable, and lost a huge chunk of images.
     
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    Quad 64-bit processor
    Video card with 2 monitor outputs and a GPU with at least 1 GB on memory for OpenGL capability.
    An IPS monitor (not TN)
    2 monitors is better for image editing (image on 1 screen, tools and pallets on screen #2).
    A minimum of 500 GB of internal storage space, preferably 2 internal 500 GB hard drives (1TB), and at least 1 external 500 GB hard drive.
    Plenty of fans to keep everything cool and a big enough power supply to run it all.

    47 USB ports and 14 Firewire ports.
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :lol:

    I laugh, but this will probably be true in a few years
     
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    shrug

    I edit my photos on a computer with a dual core 1.8ghz processor, 2 gig of ram, dell monitor, and it has a blue light on the front, which I think helps.
     
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    Will 46 ports works? :lol:

    BTW, when will the USB 3.0 stuff is going to be available?
     
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    robertwsimpson No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think when the iPhone 4g comes out.
     
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    rebeccayhb TPF Noob!

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    haha I hope not! I can't afford to get a MAC right now.
     
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    rebeccayhb TPF Noob!

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    thank you so much for your info!I'm not a computer geek type girl..so I don't know much about it! my husband takes care of things like this..but apparently I'll have to learn quick!
    and yes I need to have a computer for photography, I already bought a good LG monitor, so now I just need to get a tower.
    I'll look on the features you suggested :)
     
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    rebeccayhb TPF Noob!

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    wow...this is a lot of tech words...um...
    I really need to catch up on computer learning..:confused:
     
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    thank you! anything will help! for I'm such a computer know-nothing!
     

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