Computer for photo editing ... hmm, what crap comp do you got?

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  1. dxqcanada

    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Just reading over discussions about what computer/laptop to get for photography ... when it struck me that it almost sounds like my laptop is incapable of this purpose.

    I run both LR and PS on my MacBook Pro 15" made in early 2009 ... I bought it used for $300.
    It has an Intel Core2Duo 2.8Ghz processor, 6GB ram, and a slow 5400 RPM HDD.
    Don't have much problem with LR ... though I do not do much with PS (I expect to see whirling beachball).


     
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    Yeah, my own rig is not ideal for photo editing either, but it's much more of a cheap gaming rig.


    AMD FX320
    Thermaltake Frio CPU Cooler
    Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX Socket AM3+
    8GB Corsair Vengence Low Profile RAM (Blue)
    Asus Nvidia GTX 950 Strix 2GB
    Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
    Seagate 1TB 7200rpm HDD
    Corsair CX500M Semi modular PSU
    all in a Corsair Carbide ATX Case with some internal disco lights
    Ben Q XL2411Z 24" 144hz gaming monitor (TN, 1ms response time)

    Not ideal but it does. I also run PS and lightroom on a Dell Venue 11 Pro (7130) i5-4300Y 4GB RAM 128GB SSD 10.8″ windows tablet, which is slow but it works.
     
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    I have a “Late 2014” Mac Mini with an Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB 5400-rpm HD, and Intel Iris Graphics. MacOS High Sierra. It runs Photoshop CS6 just fine. Starts up quick and runs great. No lag or whatnot!
     
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    I have a laptop that has an i7 processor and 8gb of ram. Beyond this I don't know. My previous computer had a generic (put in entry level cheap computers) processer. It had 4gb ram. Both do the job without major issues, the newer one is faster and does not freeze as much as older one
     
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    Dell XPS 8910 running Windows 10
    Intel i7-6700 @ 3.4 gHz
    16gb RAM
    SanDisk 480gb Ultra II SSD
    1tb internal SATA 3 HDD
    2tb internal SATA 3 HDD
    (2) 2tb external USB HDD (only connected when needed)
    (1) 3tb external USB HDD (only connected when needed)
     
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    Nintendoeats TPF Noob!

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    People really overestimate what they need in a computer as soon as they want to do anything other than word processing. In 1995 a better processor was the difference between near-real-time editing and waiting several seconds between actions. Nowadays that is only true when you start to get into fairly complex tasks (think multi-layer drawings in the case of photoshop). The advantages of multi-core processors for most uses are more to do with multitasking than performance of individual applications. These days a crappy computer will be slow and unresponsive but it will ultimately be able to do most things that a more powerful computer will. This only becomes an issue when the amount of time required for a task becomes prohibitive (or real-time performance is required).

    That said, I recently had somebody ask me to upgrade their computer so that it could run modern Doom. It had a Q6600 which couldn't be overclocked, 4 GB of DDR2 and Windows Vista. That person needed to replace their machine.
     
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    Cortian No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've a computer I built in early 2014 myself. Well, assembled, I guess would be more accurate :)

    Fractal Design R4 Black Silent ATX Midtower case w/2 140mm Silent-Series R2 fans
    ASUS Z87-A ATX Intel motherboard
    Intel Core i5 2.9Ghz, Low-power
    Noctua Nh-U12 120mm CPU cooler
    8GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 CL9 RAM
    Intel 530 Series 120GB SATA III SSDs (2 ea. in RAID 1)
    SeaSonic 430W 80 Plus Bronze PSU

    Currently running an LG 34" display

    Running Linux Mint 17 MATE (Qiana)

    This system was built mostly with an eye toward low power consumption, thermal signature and noise. Those goals were achieved. It consumes 36W idling and 78W fully-loaded, exhaust temperature is barely above room ambient after running fully-loaded for an hour and, if you listen real carefully, you can just hear the fans eventually speed up when its loaded.

    I suppose it's about time to look into upgrading the CPU, RAM and SSDs.

    I might have to compromise on the power and noise thing and add a pair of hard drives for storage. In addition to taking more photos, recently, I'm thinking of adding a Silicon Dust HDHomeRun Connect Quatro 4-channel OTA DVR to the home, and I'll need networked storage for the DVRing. Cheaper to add a couple drives to the server than add NAS.
     
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    If you are prepared to invest in fans and a big cooler you can make some very beefy processors silent. I have an i7 5930k running at 4.3 GHz (a significant overclock) and it is absolutely silent at well under 75 degrees after days of full load. Obviously that draws a lot more power though! Mine pulls 350 Watts from the wall under a non-synthetic full load, so your 78 seems like witchcraft to me. Mind you, that's with an overclocked GPU as well.

    You might consider something like this. I use an older version to store video and one of my backup stages. They aren't as fast as a proper NAS, but they are much cheaper and work fine for video streaming.
     
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    Cortian No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Define "big" :)

    That Noctua cooler I'm already running is pretty big.

    Surprised the bejesus out of me, I can tell you. But the numbers don't lie:

    [​IMG]

    0.624A * 125VAC (which is what my line voltage, measured with that meter, was at the time) is 78 watts. (True RMS meter.)

    [​IMG]

    That was a 700VA UPS. 17.6% of 700VA is 123VA.

    The numbers are consistent: The watts are about 63% of the VA, which is about right.

    While I'm about it: Here are the temperature numbers:
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        Room Ambient: 22.8°C
    
        Idle
              Cubby Temp: 24.8°C  (+2.0°C over ambient)
    
        Loaded
    
              Cubby Temp: 27.1°C  (+4.3°C over ambient)
    
    The "cubby" is a computer compartment in the desk. That's with the front door of the cubby left open. Temperature measurement in the cubby was with the probe in free air over the top of the computer. (Probe is believed to be accurate w/in tenths of a degree C.)

    You might consider something like this.[/QUOTE]
    I'll look into it, but I've generally not been a fan of Seagate kit.
     
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    Nintendoeats TPF Noob!

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    Well, there's my Scythe Ninja 4 for a kickoff, and that's still a 120mm cooler (I bodged 140s on to it though). Try the Raijintek Tisis for an example of a really big one. Massive overkill for most CPUs, but when you want silence cooler overkill is the answer.

    As for the seagate, WD does those small scale NAS as well. Its a class of product that most people don't seem to be aware of. Just a thought in any case.

    Its nice to see somebody who is a obsessive about cooling and silence as I am :p
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hmm, I just upgraded ... MacBook Pro 15 late 2011 ... i7, 12GB ram ... stuff is faster.
     
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    I also do video editing in addition to LR photo processing which is becoming more popular these days. Beside shooting videos clips with my digital photo camera, I create video slide shows using video processing software. So you'll need more processing, memory, SSD's, etc if you get into that.
     

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