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| p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · If you were creating a great photo computer, what would it be? |
i7 or AMD Ryzen - jury is still out what I'd choose, but the value seems to be higher with the new AMD chips. I'd want a motherboard with the ability to put at least 32GB, better 64GB or RAM on it, connectors for SSD right on the board. GPU would not have to be too massive, but it has to drive two 4K monitors, and I think you need to get something around $200 for it with a lot more than 1GB of graphics memory
boot drive Samsung EVO NAND 500GB, and a second SSD for temp files and fast workspace. Rest of storage would be a pair of mirrored 10TB spinning drives, or just single drives and a good backup plan (I use crashplan), provided you have a fast internet connection for uploads.
I work with large multi-image stitches on an older i7 with 16GB RAM and an old 2GB video card (GTX470) right now and it can get quite sluggish. also, complex camera raw tweaked files do take a while to open, and I could probably use a faster CPU, however, my 7 year old system running on SSDs is still pretty good. Just I can't do 4K monitors wit the video card I have right now (saves me buying one, though )
You don't need a second SSD for scratch, but even Bridge reads and writes so much crap that pointing the Bridge cache at an SSD is a good idea (if you use Bridge, obviously). I prefer to keep all that junk off the boot drive, because over the last two or three versions of Windows, if there was one thing I learned, it is that the longer you use the OS, the larger it gets. A boot drive that looks huge today will be too small in 5 years, and those are the tough drives to replace. My Win7 120GB is almost full, and I have almost nothing on that disk but some apps and the OS. So today, a 500GB is probably ok for 5 years, but if the price is right on a big sale day, just get a 1000GB SSD and then you can run everything off the boot drive including caches for browsers and temp space.