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  • Tim Agoston
    Tim Agoston
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    Computers & Displays
    on: July 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for accepting me to the group. I have a old Intel I-3 3220 @3.3 ghz,8gb ram, nvidia GeForce 210 card, 120 gb ssd, 500 gb hd. Im using a Fuji X-T2 and getting into focus stacking more (but not my main objective) so the old machine just isn’t holding up anymore. Id like to be around $1500-$2000 cdn dollars if possible. Suggestions on cpu and ram configuration and a card. I got 7 years out of my I-3 but need more umph.

    Thanks for the help.

    Charles Charles
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    Re: Need New computer advice.
    Reply #1 on: July 4, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    What is the best monitor you envision having during the lifetime of this system? Then research what GPUs will drive it – for photos, not gaming.

    You can use Task Manager in Windows (Ctrl-Alt-Del) to see the load on your current RAM and CPU while you run your typical suite of programs.

     

    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: Need New computer advice.
    Reply #2 on: July 5, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Great to see you here, Tim! Don’t forget to post some images… 😉

    There are a lot of people here with a lot of knowledge, so I’m sure you’ll get some good suggestions.

    Mike.

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    Daniel Smith
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    Re: Need New computer advice.
    Reply #3 on: July 11, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Have had good luck buying Gaming Computers that come without all the bloatware. Fast response and plenty of RAM works well for photoshop and image editing. Cost is reasonable and they seem to last a long time. One I just replaced is now  11 years old. It was time.

    "A good still photograph, studied by an inquiring mind, frequently yields more information than a mile of moving images". Walter Cronkite, New York, June 1989

    Shaun OBoyle
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    Re: Need New computer advice.
    Reply #4 on: July 15, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Build your own, it’s not hard. I just put together a nice spec computer for about $1400 US (without monitor), that included motherboard, power supply, 32 gig ram, 3 gb video card, 500 gig M.2 SSD, CPU, BeQuiet case, and CPU cooler.  No bloatware. You will need a Windows OS license. Bought most of it through B&H.

    Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz Eight-Core LGA 1151

    Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO WIFI LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING Graphics Card

    Crucial 32GB Ballistix DDR4 3000 MHz UDIMM

    Samsung 500GB 970 EVO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD

    Fred Salamon
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    Re: Need New computer advice.
    Reply #5 on: July 31, 2020 at 6:42 pm
    Mike Nelson Pedde
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    Re: Need New computer advice.
    Reply #6 on: August 1, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks, Fred. Unfortunately Puget Systems doesn’t ship to Canada, but the advice is sound.

    Mike.

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    Dan Araujo
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    Re: Need New computer advice.
    Reply #7 on: December 30, 2020 at 9:02 am

    I had to replace my computer just a few weeks ago.  I suspect I over bought but the computer flies though tasks so no regrets.  I purchased the parts from Canada computers and assembled it myself.  The cost would be about $1800 CDN.  The cost cold be reduced somewhat (~$200-$350) with a different CPU, graphics card, HDD selection and Windows Home.  I think it would impact performance minimally.  My choices were driven by need, timing and availability.

    Parts list if it helps:
    CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition 42 CFM CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: Asus PRIME H470M-PLUS/CSM Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
    Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
    Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB SC Video Card
    Case: be quiet! Pure Base 600 ATX Mid Tower Case
    Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular
    Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit

    Dan
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