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Offline Jimmer

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Need equipment opinion
« on: November 25, 2013, 12:49:16 AM »
Hi all,

I am going to be buying a new computer to do photo editing (RAW files) as well as video editing of HD video.  I'm not doing professional stuff, but take pride in making things look good when I can.

I'm leaning to buying the following PC and then operate Lightroom and Premier Elements...
i7-4770k processor
16GB RAM
120GB SSD
2TB HD
GeForce GTX 760 video card w/ 2GB memory
Blu-ray read and write drive
wireless and Bluetooth built-in

Can anyone give me a nod on this as compared to an imac (loaded up) running iMovie or whatever?

Thanks!
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Offline Craig

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Re: Need equipment opinion
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 05:40:23 AM »
Looks like a good set up. Consider the room in the case for upgrades and expansion. Editing HD footage is huge and demanding on your hard drive to keep up to all the data transfer. I would recommend two more drives in a raid set up for your footage. Essentially making your drive twice as fast.
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Re: Need equipment opinion
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2013, 08:16:31 AM »
With RAM as cheap as it is I would think about 32 or 64.  Its your bread and butter :)
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Re: Need equipment opinion
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2013, 10:31:28 AM »
I'd go with a minimum of a 240GB SSD drive.   I am guessing your using it for your OS but if you install apps there too you'll want more.  Don't get a 5400RPM data drive.  Might want to also consider some type of cooling as well.

Elements is still a 32-bit app isn't it?  If so, I am not sure the RAM will help all that much with that app.
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Re: Need equipment opinion
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2013, 01:59:11 PM »
What price are you looking at for the 4770k?

Bang for buck ratio, the i5-4670k is still king in my books, especially with a good cooler and a touch of overclocking... But if you have the cash and the price of the 4770k isn't too bad then by all means :)
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Re: Need equipment opinion
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2013, 10:44:39 PM »
Thank you for the feedback...

I was told (not necessarily by someone that is an expert) that he thought the photo/video editing software would not need even 16GB RAM.  So I guess I was feeling good about 16GB.  It can be upgraded to 32GB max.

I am buying this machine in total...not building myself.  It seems to have quite a bit more cooling than my previous computers.  There is an intake fan...a fan on the CPU...I believe there are fans on the video card...and then another fan drawing air back out of the case.

The case does have quite a bit of expansion bays available as well.
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Re: Need equipment opinion
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2013, 11:36:24 PM »
Thank you for the feedback...

I was told (not necessarily by someone that is an expert) that he thought the photo/video editing software would not need even 16GB RAM.  So I guess I was feeling good about 16GB.  It can be upgraded to 32GB max.

I am buying this machine in total...not building myself.  It seems to have quite a bit more cooling than my previous computers.  There is an intake fan...a fan on the CPU...I believe there are fans on the video card...and then another fan drawing air back out of the case.

The case does have quite a bit of expansion bays available as well.
I currently use 16gb of RAM because my current old school motherboard can only handle up to that. When I upgrade my final few components I will be able to go up to 32. That being said, even when I have been dealing with editing massive panoramas with multiple layers I think I have only ever used up to 11-12gb of RAM. to be honest, I think you would be fine with 16, although 32 would always be nice :P
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Re: Need equipment opinion
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2013, 11:03:05 PM »
Fantastic...that makes me feel good about starting with 16GB and then knowing I can upgrade later if I find I need it.

Thanks all for the feedback and input!
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