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Old 01-06-2013, 11:12 PM   #21
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Wanting a new computer for majority of photography processing and some work I am debating on either a mac all in one system or building my own rig, just would like to hear everyone's opinion or suggestions. I am planning to run lightroom 4 and photoshop cs6.

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Picked up the D3200 for christmas with the AF-S 18-55 VR lense and the AF-S 55-200 VR ED.
I also bought the WU-1a wifi module so photos will instantly dump to my iPhone.

Going to test out the High Iso at WDW at the end of the week. Really wanted the D7000 but didn't want to spend the extra cash and not get the extra lense.
$750 for the package deal.
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Wanting a new computer for majority of photography processing and some work I am debating on either a mac all in one system or building my own rig, just would like to hear everyone's opinion or suggestions. I am planning to run lightroom 4 and photoshop cs6.

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Being a Mac guy, I would say go Mac.

But if you are in debate. If you decide to build one, stick to the i5 or i7 quad processors. Look at putting a good at least 100gb solid state drive for your applications and 1TB drive for storage in your computer. It will run much much faster.

And get at least a 512mb graphics card. I either the ATI or NVidia cards would do.

That should take care of your processing needs to do some intense photoshop and handle the massive software of PS6. Also will help processing massive amounts of data into Lightroom 4 and doing adjustments and such.

And it will be a machine to last you at least 4 years easily.

If you go Mac, I would go for the mid to top end i7 27" iMac. More expensive, but has the necessities for lasting a long time for you.

If you want to save money on the mac, look for the last model i7 Quad 27". Big difference from the old model to the new one, thunderbolt. And that's really about it. I found one for less than 1500 online one time.

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Picked up the D3200 for christmas with the AF-S 18-55 VR lense and the AF-S 55-200 VR ED.
I also bought the WU-1a wifi module so photos will instantly dump to my iPhone.

Going to test out the High Iso at WDW at the end of the week. Really wanted the D7000 but didn't want to spend the extra cash and not get the extra lense.
$750 for the package deal.
tsk tsk, Joe. Should have spent the money on the D7000 ...
Just kidding.

The D3200 is a good camera, especially for your needs.

Why did you get the WU-1a? Have you looked at the EyeFiCards? I got the 8Gb one WiFi and I put it in my second slot of my D300s, it sends the files to my iPad quite quickly for people and clients while I keep my Raws on the CF Card.

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No i haven't. But the Wu-1a was only 50 so I figured I would benefit from the instant "hey can you send me that" I get from Car Shows and meets.

Or pics I take of peoples kids.

I'll check that out and see if I can avoid the extra module sticking out. GPS is the same way. Module sticking out the side.
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Being a Mac guy, I would say go Mac.

But if you are in debate. If you decide to build one, stick to the i5 or i7 quad processors. Look at putting a good at least 100gb solid state drive for your applications and 1TB drive for storage in your computer. It will run much much faster.

And get at least a 512mb graphics card. I either the ATI or NVidia cards would do.

That should take care of your processing needs to do some intense photoshop and handle the massive software of PS6. Also will help processing massive amounts of data into Lightroom 4 and doing adjustments and such.

And it will be a machine to last you at least 4 years easily.

If you go Mac, I would go for the mid to top end i7 27" iMac. More expensive, but has the necessities for lasting a long time for you.

If you want to save money on the mac, look for the last model i7 Quad 27". Big difference from the old model to the new one, thunderbolt. And that's really about it. I found one for less than 1500 online one time.

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Don't forget about RAM. If you're doing a lot of photos in Lightroom you're going to be a lot happier with at least 8 GB.

If you build your own desktop, make sure not to cheap out on the display. You're going to want accurate colors and good contrast.
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I believe my machine has 4GB DDR3 RAM. Does just fine running Lightroom and iTunes and Google Chrome at the same time. Sometimes even CS5 in addition.
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RAM does help. And I agree with Lyonsroar, I am also able to run off of 4GBs of RAM on my MacBook Pro with Lightroom 3 (haven't upgraded yet) and Photoshop CS5 running at the same time. Jumping between programs and my iTunes going for background music while editing.

It does slug every so often, but it's doable.

Definitely, if you want a pretty flawless edit time, go for 4+ Gigs of Ram. But those processors also make a huge difference.

I've edited both photos and videos on similar machines with the same ram, but one with a core 2 duo process and another with a quad and there is a difference because of the processing power being "Farmed" across the cores.

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No i haven't. But the Wu-1a was only 50 so I figured I would benefit from the instant "hey can you send me that" I get from Car Shows and meets.

Or pics I take of peoples kids.

I'll check that out and see if I can avoid the extra module sticking out. GPS is the same way. Module sticking out the side.

I haven't even thought of using it for that. Hmm, I wonder if I can do that after I took the photo.

I know that when I take photos, my card automatically sends that same photo straight to the device(s) that are connected to the wi-fi signal at that time.

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I guess I'm spoiled. My company paid for the MacBook Pro, Intel SSD, 8 GB of RAM, and the monitor.
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