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Looking for a new PC

9 10 November 27, 2017 at 09:27 AM
It's been awhile since I've bought a new CPU so I'm a little behind on all the latest and greatest.

Basically, I'm looking for a PC, tower only, that would allow me to do heavy graphic and video editing along with multitasking of several programs/browsers open at the same time.

Anyone got any recommendations (links too)?

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Budget? Are you building or buying?
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Budget? Are you building or buying?
Honestly haven't thought about budget... that obviously makes it difficult to give recommendations but I don't want to discourage any options. It's for my work and I'm on it 10-12 hours a day so I don't want to cheap out.

I'd probably lean towards buying but would be open to building too.
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Honestly haven't thought about budget... that obviously makes it difficult to give recommendations but I don't want to discourage any options. It's for my work and I'm on it 10-12 hours a day so I don't want to cheap out.

I'd probably lean towards buying but would be open to building too.
Budget is important at least a ball park number. You get to a point where your diminishing returns is pretty small too. That first $500 spent will do more then the last $500 spent. Knowing what your using now would be helpful too. Are we talking your using a 2 year old machine looking for a huge boost or a 8 year old machine, etc.

Graphics generally don't require a crazy setup but editing multiple 4k+ video streams is very intensive. You will want to look at your software to see if it accepts GPU acceleration and what the requirements /best bang for your buck is there.

When AMD Ryzen came out this summer content creators were pretty excited because it gave them a lot of cores for a much more affordable price. I would seriously take a look at that platform.

https://pcpartpicker.com/ is a great place to actually build your parts list if your going to DIY. as it can help you find the best deals and makes it really easy to share your configuration with others.

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/ Looking through others builds is a good place to get started too.
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Budget is important at least a ball park number. You get to a point where your diminishing returns is pretty small too. That first $500 spent will do more then the last $500 spent. Knowing what your using now would be helpful too. Are we talking your using a 2 year old machine looking for a huge boost or a 8 year old machine, etc.

Graphics generally don't require a crazy setup but editing multiple 4k+ video streams is very intensive. You will want to look at your software to see if it accepts GPU acceleration and what the requirements /best bang for your buck is there.

When AMD Ryzen came out this summer content creators were pretty excited because it gave them a lot of cores for a much more affordable price. I would seriously take a look at that platform.

https://pcpartpicker.com/ is a great place to actually build your parts list if your going to DIY. as it can help you find the best deals and makes it really easy to share your configuration with others.

https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/ Looking through others builds is a good place to get started too.
Thanks for the detailed reply. I don't edit too many videos but I would like to be able to do so, with ease, when presented with the project. My current PC is a HPE-180t running Windows 7. It has an i7 2.80GHz with 12 GB of RAM. What other info can I give you?

Right now the CPU operates nicely but it definately tends to hang when I'm trying to do things across mulitple programs (Photostop to Illustrator to InDesign, etc) or when trying to cycle through programs and browsers to do development testing.
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Thanks for the detailed reply. I don't edit too many videos but I would like to be able to do so, with ease, when presented with the project. My current PC is a HPE-180t running Windows 7. It has an i7 2.80GHz with 12 GB of RAM. What other info can I give you?

Right now the CPU operates nicely but it definately tends to hang when I'm trying to do things across mulitple programs (Photostop to Illustrator to InDesign, etc) or when trying to cycle through programs and browsers to do development testing.
Ok so that looks like about a 7+ year old computer running an i7 920. If you have never done a reformat or don't have an SSD thats where I would start. Ride out Windows 7 for another year or two and jump to W10. A new processor is definitely going to be faster but I don't think thats our main problem. Unless your rendering and trying to do other stuff.
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Ok so that looks like about a 7+ year old computer running an i7 920. If you have never done a reformat or don't have an SSD thats where I would start. Ride out Windows 7 for another year or two and jump to W10. A new processor is definitely going to be faster but I don't think thats our main problem. Unless your rendering and trying to do other stuff.
Great... sounds like I can save some money then. In terms of SSD, what would you recommend? It looks like my machine is a 930, not 920 btw.
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I would look at buying a new system either a Dell Gaming System or a HP or Dell Business refurbished workstation.
Also spend some extra money on a high quality monitor if you are going to be doing photo editing and any kind of publishing you want your colors on your screen to be how it would look if you printed it out on a quality printer and you want to be able to calibrate it so that the color and brightness are correct.

Something like this
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IF you are using it for work I would buy and get next business day support so in case of an issue they will come to your house and fix it.

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Is 871.00 the Video card is selling for 416.00 from newegg sold by newegg.

probable will need to add some more ram but then you will have a great system that will provide peace of mind for at least 3 years if anything goes wrong.

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