Decent new PC for old photographer... Under $1000? Possible?

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Re: Decent new PC for old photographer... Under $1000? Possible?

stanton wrote:

I'm an old semi retired photographer. Closed my brick and mortar location 9 years ago. I've been working with digital imaging since 1996. First Photoshop version was v2. Capture One Pro v1. You get the picture. I've been around the block once or twice. I don't do tons of work any more, but still some. Not a ton of images to handle. No chasing brides. Just simple catalog stuff mostly and some portraits.

I've been chugging along on an HP business tower quadcore that had been upgraded... But it's dead. i haven't kept up with computer technology at all beyond the very, very basics. What I had, while not lightning fast did the job. And so I need someone to help me find the best computer to do what I need without breaking the bank. So a few questions to help me get mentally oriented. I probably need to make the purchase in the next day or two or 3...

Dedicated vs integrated graphics card? A dedicated card will bump the price point of a computer up. I am sensitive to image nuance. Will I notice a visual difference between an integrated card or do I just need to forget about that and just go with dedicated?

2) Processor: I'm thinking i7-8700 or Intel Xeon E3-1230V6 in some of the computes I've been eyeing. I know that the Xenon 1230 isn't the top of the line Xeon. Thoughts?

3) If you had to choose one of these two.... or recommend another at the same or better price points which would you buy?
a) Lenovo P320 w Xeon 1230v6 processor
b) Dell XPS 8930 Cheaper by about $250 Save the money as this one will be far and away good enough?
c)Alienware PC with Intel Core i7-8700 Processor 3.2GHz; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5; I can get it for about $1000 incl. tax

Thoughts anyone? Would you purchase one of these or something different... or cheaper?

My suggested configuration would be...

  • i7-8700 (8th Generation)
  • Integrated video (and be prepared to calibrate).
  • 16Gb RAM, although 8Gb would probably be OK.
  • 512Gb SSD
  • 2Tb HDD

Of your alternative computers, I'd go for the Dell. I found it difficult to navigate the Alienware site, and impossible to see what the actual configuration might be.

Somehing else to consider is a well-specified laptop computer driving your existing screen. I have a few laptop computers that I use for a range of applications, but not PS or LR. I'm sure that the best of my laptops would run LR quite well.

Newer systems are likely to include USB-C (New connector with improved speed and versatility, even video).

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