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    Workstation advice

    Hi All,

    It is time for me to buy a new workstation. I was hoping some of you could share your workstation specs to give me an idea of what other people are using as a benchmark. I'm looking to do photoshop paintings at minimum 10,000px across, bigger would be better, as well as video editing and compositing. No need for heavy 3D rendering power, but I will be doing some workups and scenes in poser, blender etc.

    I'd appreciate any info about your specs that I can get.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Are you looking for some commercial off the shelf, or roll your own?

    Example:
    http://www.techradar.com/news/comput...or-you-1271279


    16gb of RAM (32gb assuming the motherboard will allow for it)
    Nothing less than an intel i5 quad core.. Intel i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core or better would be preferred
    at least one solid state drive.
    GTX 980 4gb video card or better.
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    Thanks for the input. I'm not fussed about whether I can buy something off the shelf or have the guy at the computer store put it together for me.

    I's sure you know what you're talking about. I've looked at the i7 too. That sounds like a good configuration. Why solid state?

    Anyone else?

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    Solid State is a much better option when using programs that require constant writting to the hard drive. With solid state there are no moving parts in the drive so data can be read and written quicker.

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    Okay - I would keep an eye on the COTS options then... it's a coin toss on if you would end up saving any substantial amount of money versus off the shelf/lack of warranty/etc.

    SSD vs HDD here:
    https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404258,00.asp

    Depending on where you at, and your time frame you need it in, the US will be having 'back to school computer sales' here in three or four weeks. Maybe time to eyeball a new machine then.
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    Thanks for the info both of you. I really didn't realise solid state was useful for that reason. I only buy a computer every few years. That's a must have.

    Yeah, I'm not in the US so I won't worry about that. I've got my eye on some off the shelf models that I can have upgraded a bit. Thanks for the advice, both of you.

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    No prob. Got any follow up questions let me know.
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