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  1. chef21

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    Looks pretty decent, have you tried piecing one together at like NCIX, tiger direct etc with similar specs to see how the price holds up?
     
  3. nb132

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    greenlyph.com or robotnik.com
    build a custom system and save yo' dollas.
     
  4. A~Photography

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    ive heard robotnik can really save ya some bucks!
     
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    Thats a pretty beefy rig but you can do better with a local built machine like the above folks said.

    For what its worth I looked into Quads when I built my last machine and apparently they only give about a 10% speed bump in Lightroom, it just doesn't use the threads that efficiently. That'll probably change in the future as they get more common, though. Multi-cores are the way computers are headed. (Intel is talking 64 core procs in the not too distant future)
     
  6. chef21

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    Allez cuisine!

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    i looked a bit on both those sites, once you add in a monitor it doesn't seem much cheaper. I like the idea of the 22" monitor
     
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    can't answer the computer question but I was told when looking for a monitor get one with a contrast ratio of at least 10,000:1 the 20,000:1 is better.
     
  8. chef21

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    I heard the same, but also heard they are around $700 and up.
     
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    nope bought one last week at Future Shop for $219.99
    It's an acer and the contrast ratio is 20,000:1. Now I haven't calibrated or tried post processing on it yet. It's been a crazy week.
     
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    What model did you get?
     
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    wow 8 gigs or ram......
     
  12. Andrew

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    I just built an editing rig, here are the specs for comparison.

    Intel Quad Core 8200
    intel P5Q Pro board
    Sapphire Radeon 4830 running Dual 21" widescreens
    6 gigs of ram
    Sata2 drives for storage
    Antec 600 case and an Antec 650watt power supply

    runs Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom all at once...... like butter.......smooooth!

    Multiple monitors is so nice for workspace.
     
  13. chef21

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    price? How does the HP look to you?
     
  14. Andrew

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    If your shooting Nikon Raw, you won't be able to open any RAW files in ANY program except Lightroom. Photoshop can't even open them directly. Nikon is dropping the ball on 64-bit OS users completely.

    I don't buy pre-built machines because they usually lack the possibility of expansion in the future. i.e. my P5Q PRO board will be getting at least another video card to use crossfire, another USB expansion card and another cooling card for the GPU's.

    In terms of processing, its virtually the same computer as mine with another 2 gigs of ram. I'd buy it if you want something ready to go from the start, but I wouldn't expect there to be any room for upgrading on the board. I'd try and get that drive partitioned.
     

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