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

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WryCuda Veteran Member • Posts: 9,362
Re: Decent new PC for old photographer... Under $1000? Possible?

stanton wrote:

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).

I appreciate your suggestions, but that configuration, without specific model suggestions would probably cost $1400+. I'm not sure the SSD is that important beyond startup and they tend to be smaller and I think I'd want to partition.

  • Difficult for me to be specific as I'm not US based.
  • SSD does more than speed startup.
  • There's very little need for partitioning.

Once you've experienced the benefits of SSD, you'll never be without one.

In 30+ years, I've only ever partitioned a drive to overcome hardware/software restrictions, such as the 2Gb limit (or 32Mb, way back).

Best wishes for your new computer.

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