Need a new PC, minimum requirements in 2022?

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Need a new PC, minimum requirements in 2022?

Hi folks,

My 5YO PC used for images has died and I'm shopping for a replacement. Having not kept up, I am learning we are in a transition period: Win 10 to Win 11, Intel i7 to i9; DDR4 to DDR5, PCIe 4 to PCIe 5, etc.

I'm agnostic on Win 10 versus 11, but assume MS will end support for 10, eventually. Also, vendors may tailor future products for Win 11 only. Likewise, i7 versus i9 seems a numbers game (even more cores!) and it may be that a fast i7 is better than a slowish i9, but I don't know if one is better (faster) for handling image imports and rendering edits. My now dead machine gave significant time lags with repetitive tasks and I'd like to leave that in the rear view mirror.

In sum, want something robust for importing 2-3,000 shot sessions and batch-editing large groups of images, with room for upgrade and expansion over a five-year span. Don't edit video, so that's not a particular concern. My first-cut criteria:

  • Fast i7 or i9
    Win 11 Pro (is 10 Pro preferable to 11 Home?)
    1TB SSD main drive, PCIe 5.
    Room for at least three HDDs
    64GB memory, DDR 5 (or 32 GB and I double it myself later)
    "Fast enough" video card with 8GB memory
    As many fast USB connections as possible, with a good number of them in front or on top.
    Bluetooth, wireless (missing from many so-called workstation PCs)
    Optical drive
    Card reader
    600 watt power supply

I welcome your thoughts on the most important specs and criteria for handling images, and any changes or additions to my spec list. NB I'm not technically well versed in this realm but can at least open a case and swap components on my own.

Many thanks in advance!

Rick

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