Need Assistance with PC Specs

Started Jun 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
wazu Senior Member • Posts: 1,408
Re: Too complicated

Chris Noble wrote:

WatsonPhoto wrote:

My current PC is around 6 years old and facing some service pack update issues. D800 files are growing and Lightroom 5 was just installed. So I thought it would be time for a new PC. I am a little out of touch with some of the new PC technology. I have taken a quick estimate of what's needed but would appreciate some feedback on the direction and components.

SW to be installed: Windows 8, Lightroom 5, Nik Software, Adobe CS4 Design premium package, Office 2010, Canon imaging software. Note: I am not a gamer. The only game I will load is BGblitz for backgammon. Image library is currently around 50,000 images of varying sizes from 10 mb in size to 120 mb) Image previews will be set to delete after 30 days on Lightroom to manage the size of the preview cache) I prefer to build better when getting a new PC as I don't usually do upgrades mid-cycle. Based on below, am I on the right path?


Mini ITX case or something smaller

ASUS motherboard or other --> suggestions

Memory 16.0 gb --> any suggestions

Graphics card --> looking for cheaper card that supports 1080p video. Under $100.

Intel CPU --> suggestions

Primary OS: Windows 8 (I don't want to get into a discussion about IOS, Win7 or Win8)

Samsung 840 Pro 128 gb (is this big enough)

Second SSD: Lightroom catalogue and previews cache

Samsung 840 Pro 256 gb

Third SSD: Temporary storage for image processing before it is moved off to USB3 drive for archival

Optical drive --> whatever is cheapest

4 port USB3 add on

Main image storage areas will be on USB 3 disk drives (existing)

Should I put the users directory on the second SSD or on a USB 3 drive?

Every additional element makes a system more unreliable.

Go with one 256 GB SSD for everything except your image files that should be on one SATA HDD. Use USB drives for backup. You don't need the graphics card. Get a Gold rated power supply to reduce cooling requirements. Intel i7 processor and 16 GB RAM are ample.

Hell no. I run on 120gb SSD for swap. 2 x 240gb SSDs in raid 0 (striped for speed) for system disk and temp photo processi area. Then 3x3TB raid 5 for original storage. Add a 4x3TB NAS for net backup. I started with Asus ROG extreme i7 quad proc and 64gb ram, added a 1200w platimum PSU and Asus GeForce GTX690 graphics. Then I run all that in a 10bit per pixel stream out to a 27" LGEA83 99% adobeRGB capable calibrated monitor.

I also have a silent machine built around Asus ROG Gene IV an i7 65w proc 32gb ram and a heat pipe streacom mATX case. 128gb mSata system flasg and 3x180gb SSDs for working drives including a blu-ray slot-in burner from Sony. This system has no moving parts except the blu-ray optical drive, so I can have it on continuously in the bedroom without hearing a whisper. If you need quiet this is the way to go. The PSU is a 150w Streacom power brick, so only the Intel 4000 graphics, but this is not a problem for even multi layer, multi image panoramas from my 5D2 and Gigapan pro. When I get over the 32gb memory limit I edit on the midi server in the workroom, it has more fans than fingers.

So hell no keeping it simple is akin to slow and unsafe. Multiple disk systems are simply better if you know how to configure them.

-- hide signature --

There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen

Post (hide subjects) Posted by
(unknown member)
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow