What computer to easily process D800 files?

Started Jul 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
PhotoKaz Contributing Member • Posts: 613
Re: Basics....

You are not the only person in IT, and we do benchmarking in our company as well.  At the end of the day we can both state our opinion and let the OP decide for themselves.

Telling anyone in 2013 to run 8GB of RAM is just silly in my opinion.  Memory is so cheap and every new OS and app that comes along uses more memory than the version before.  I consider 16GB the minimum today for photo editing.  You can get by fine with 8GB but why limit it when you can double it for peanuts?  I too have a D800 and this is based on my own personal experience not random speculation.

Also, if you are an experienced IT tech I would expect you to recommend a better backup strategy than a simple external hard drive.  That simply protects you from a drive failure in your computer, but unless you have multiple external drives and swap take them off-site, or combine it with some type of cloud solution you don't have much security for any issues such as fire, flood, theft, etc.

RomanJohnston wrote:

I am a technician by trade and I am responsible for benchmarking PC's and handling hardware requests that come in. Researching the customers need. One of our benchmarks is Photoshop AND I own a D800. I think I have a handle on what I just told this person. I do this for a living day in day out.

I have an old 4x Phenom II 905e (the power saving processer) with 8 GB of ram and a simple Quadro 600 video card running 64bit Windows 7. That is probably less than this person has in his laptop in question...and I have zero problem running D800 files including multi layer 6 and 7 stitch panos.


PhotoKaz wrote:

RomanJohnston wrote:

Your current computer sounds (hardware wise) more than enough to do the job.

i7 is a bit of overkill unless your editing videos.


i7 is faster, so it you want better performance get a better CPU. You get what you pay for, no overkill here.

16gb of ram is overkill. (8 gigs is the sweet spot)

I disagree here. If you start working with D800 files in PS, add a few layers or create panoramas you need memory. RAM is cheap, I would say 16GB is the absolute minimum these days.

I would back up all your stuff you have on your computer on an external drive

Unless you automate the backup to the drive and take the drive off-site, this is not a good backup strategy. I posted a better strategy here: http://photokaz.com/2012/06/home-computer-backup-strategy/

I would then perform a restore for the Operating System I rebuild my system every 6 months or so.

Why? This is not necessary.

Buying a hard driver for backup is a lot cheaper.

And ineffective unless managed correctly, which no one ever does.

I think you might be surprised.


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