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Help me decide on a Desktop PC....

malicxv 492 169 November 26, 2015 at 10:54 AM
Hey guys...

Need some help.

I'm a photographer and sometimes do some video editing as well. I'm looking to purchase a new PC thats going to last me quite a few years (Im running a Core 2 Quad 2.3ghz w/ 8Gb ram).

Most of what I'm seeing is the i7-6700 (3.4ghz) coupled with 16Gb of DDR4 ram around the $700 mark (costco, dell / dell outlet, etc). (ie. the Dell XPS 8900)

Other option is the i7-4790 (4.0ghz) with 16gb of DDR3 for roughly the same price, maybe a bit cheaper (costco has a lenovo for $600). (ie Dell XPS 8700, Lenovo H50, Optiplex 7020 etc)

No gaming, so don't really care about that side of it. So i don't think video card will really matter much if at all.

What would you all suggest?

My plan is to bump it to 32Gb of Ram (which is roughly $70-80 for either one) and drop in an SSD.

Is it worth it to save the $100 on the older processor and RAM technology, or spend the extra so it's more "current" and not outdated (which I think can also be expanded to 64Gb RAM, not that I think I'll need it. lol).

Thoughts? Suggestions??

Thanks!
Albert

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i7-4790 is plenty processor for photography and most video work you'll come across. i7 Skylake offers maybe a 10% performance at most. 16GB is also more than enough for photo work in Adobe. Why 32GB? I'd go with i7-4790, 16gb RAM, and put the rest $ to a decent video card, SSD OS drive and a high quality calibrated monitor. What good is all that hardware for photos when the one thing you view it on is subpar.
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i7-4790 is plenty processor for photography and most video work you'll come across. i7 Skylake offers maybe a 10% performance at most. 16GB is also more than enough for photo work in Adobe. Why 32GB? I'd go with i7-4790, 16gb RAM, and put the rest $ to a decent video card, SSD OS drive and a high quality calibrated monitor. What good is all that hardware for photos when the one thing you view it on is subpar.
thanks for the feedback!! I've got a solid monitor setup. so I'm set there.
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32 Gb Ram?
I thought top Ram only 8 or 16 Gb
Anyone can explain?
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32 Gb Ram?
I thought top Ram only 8 or 16 Gb
Anyone can explain?
depends on the motherboard. ddr3 can go to 32gb and ddr4 is possible to 64.
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If youre into more extreme stuff, you can get the skylake i7, add a m.2 ssd for even better performance compare to regular SSD.

32gb ram, you can purchase a ramdisk software, make 16gb of your 32gb ram into ram drive, then it as your Adobe photoshop or premiere's scratch disk.

Doing all these should be able to fully utilize your pc potential.
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Just pulled the trigger on this:

Dell Optiplex 7020
Processor: Intel Core 4th Generation i7-4790 processor (8M Cache, up to 4.0 GHz)
Windows 8.1 Pro (Free Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro)
500 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
4 GB DDR3 1600MHz
16X DVD +/- RW Drive
Intel Integrated Graphics
Dell Outlet Optiplex 7020 Mini Tower

For $562 out the door, then ordered 16Gb RAM. so for $650 OTD, seems like a worthwhile buy, I've got the SSD already.

i'll look into the Ramdisk stuff for the scratchdisk, and see what I can do. Smilie
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Just pulled the trigger on this:

Dell Optiplex 7020
Processor: Intel Core 4th Generation i7-4790 processor (8M Cache, up to 4.0 GHz)
Windows 8.1 Pro (Free Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro)
500 GB SATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM)
4 GB DDR3 1600MHz
16X DVD +/- RW Drive
Intel Integrated Graphics
Dell Outlet Optiplex 7020 Mini Tower

For $562 out the door, then ordered 16Gb RAM. so for $650 OTD, seems like a worthwhile buy, I've got the SSD already.

i'll look into the Ramdisk stuff for the scratchdisk, and see what I can do. Smilie
From where ?
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From where ?
Dell outlet. they've got 37% off optiplex.
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