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New desktop - March 31st 2010, 09:44 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm planning on buying a new desktop soon, primarily for photoshop and post-processing. I'm currently using a Dell XPS M1330 laptop (2.4 GHz Core2Duo, 4 gigs ram, 320 hd, 128mb video card, etc.), which bogs down in batch processing, hdr, photomerge/panorama, focus stacking, even simple commands like "display items from subfolders" in Bridge. Of course, it also has a 13 inch screen, which isn't really cutting it.

Any recommendations for brands? I'm sick of the reliability problems I've had with Dell, but they do seem fairly well-priced for what you get. What components are the most important for photo work? E.g. should I spend extra on a Core i5/i7 processor, 8 gigs ram, 1 gb video card, whatever?
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Re: New desktop - April 1st 2010, 06:13 AM

Your main issue is the video card, definitely. I'd buy an ATIRadeon or NVidia graphics card of at least 512 mb.

Investing in an intel Core i7 would be a good idea since it even has it's own graphics memory storage, and has a lot more memory storage in general. The pipelining has been heavily improved,

basically, for the amount you pay for it, it's worth it.
I'd also consider finding a better monitor (sometimes size doesn't matter, you want a monitor that can support a refresh rate of 60 or higher, even an LCD monitor.)

I find it rather funny you have so much ram and a fairly good duo core, yet an itty bitty video card :P
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