Help me plan a system upgrade...

Started Mar 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP malch Forum Pro • Posts: 14,275
Upgrade complete

Thanks to all for the inputs and suggestions.

I ordered a XPS 8500 from Dell Outlet complete with:

* i7-3770
* 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
* 2TB 7200rpm HDD (actually a Seagate Barracuda)
* Blu-ray ROM + DVD+/- RW optical drive
* Nvidia GT 620 with 1GB
* Windows 8
* Mouse, keyboard etc.

To this I added some existing components:

* 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD
* 1TB HDD (WD Black)
* Nvidia GTX 650 Ti with 2GB

I ditched Win 8 and installed an existing copy of Win 7 Pro. I've set aside the GT 620 as a backup/spare for my other machines. Everything has been clean installed and I made a "gold" image of the nice clean system drive a few hours ago.

This represents a good value upgrade over my old Q6600 with 6GB and I'm generally very happy. The system runs fast, but quiet and cool.

Lightroom 4.4 is now usable on my 16MP NEX-6 RAW files but I still wouldn't call it snappy! Less than full marks to Adobe!

I do need to rerun a display calibration since I wasn't entirely happy with the results of my first attempt. This with a U2412M, Spyder 4, and dispcalGUI.

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