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Post Date: 2016-05-18

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    Posted: 18 May 2016 at 2:57pm
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2500 - 3000

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Photographer, light video

Saved Ticket #: 1416207

First and foremost I’m a photographer, with some very light video editing with Adobe, and NOT a gamer. However, I am very impressed with DS and gaming machine specs, although I have been on Mac for about 12 years. This will be my first PC of this type, and even though I am not crazy about using Windows, I know many photographers that are happy with it.

I am interested in the Velox and I certainly want to future proof my purchase. I think my budget is going to be around $2500, maybe a little more. My biggest issues are about 4-core, vs. 6-core, like… is it ridiculous for a still photographer to worry about that many cores? My largest files get around 3gb each during editing in Photoshop. The other issue is all this cooling I see, that I am completely unfamiliar with. It seems to come with the CPU cooling, so is the GPU cooling another silly thing for a “photographer?”

Last thing that is bugging the heck out of me is SSD size for my primary drive. The forums I read never address the question or actually answer the problem of “how much” since 99% of the persons responding (not this forum - my first time here) say “get what you need” then get this or that as a second drive. Problem is if I want the OS, and say, my Lightroom catalog, and Photoshop scratch disk to be on SSD - I have no clue what is needed? I don’t mind springing for the 512 SSD if I need to, but the 1TB looks to be just a bit too expensive for me.

Guess that is about it for now, thanks so much for any time and consideration.

I’m a little over my budget here, but I came up with this config first: Digital Storm Velox (Config # 1416207)
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 May 2016 at 9:37pm
how big is your library?  what  camera are you using?  my advice is to get twice the size at a minimum. 

you can get a fast ssd for your OS +working files and use a couple of mirrored (much larger) external storage drives for storing completed work. 

i would suggest (especially if you plan to game, run multiple applications at the same time, or have multiple browsing tabs open at a time, etc.) getting (minimum)16GB of system memory. a half dozen 36Mpixel pics at one time can chew up that ram.  32GB is a pretty standard recommendation from me to people wanting to do any serious editing work.    

the gpu is utilized a lot more these days so a 6-core isn't mandatory (it doesn't hurt either). 
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  Quote condor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2016 at 8:40am
Thanks very much for your response db188 - I understood most of what you were saying, not all of it. My RAW file folders for my photography is about 4TB, and my Lightroom catalog, the part I would want on the SSD is about 50gb. And, yes I normally have a couple of huge exterior spinning HD's that hold the RAW files and photos. I actually set Photoshop to use 50gb of scratch disk so I guess that answers that question. I'm not sure what Windows takes up on an SSD. I will have my system configured with first drive and second drive both SSD and all the spinners as external (I already have those). I have also settled on the 6-core and 32 for RAM, you're the second person to suggest that.

Oh, and the DRLR is Nikon D800e so the files are 36mp as you said.
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2016 at 2:33pm
it's 20GB for a Win10 64-bit OS and congrats on settling on your build.
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  Quote condor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 May 2016 at 3:42pm
Thanks, and thanks for the info - 20gb, good to know.
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