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post #11 of 29
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Well, if you use at least a 10,000rpm or 15,000rpm drive it will speed up editing performance.
He's right nowadays though you can find cheap ssd's that are great performers. At least a crucial m4 for a boot drive and use your HDD for storage it'll speed things up. I don't know how I would feel overclocking though make sure you make backups of your work, nothing is guaranteed.

Edit: I mean overclocking computers used for business!
post #12 of 29
i wouldn't do it. if you need it for work there is no sense risking it. there is a reason businesses and servers are rarely overclocked (except around this forum). isn't worth the possible headache from a failed attempt.
 
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I would not do it. The 2600K is a very fast processor as it is. Potentially corrupting photography work which can not be redone is not worth the risk. You would benefit greatly from an SSD. However SSD prices for large drives are not cheap. And I know photography takes a lot of space, alot of my photo work does, so having an SSD and HDD is better. Put your main work on the SSD and the rest stored on the mechanical.

If you are planning this route, the Crucial M4 drive is the one to get. Reliable drive.
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So I want to oc my sig rig. This is the computer my wife uses for our photography business. I have read that in addition to shortening or ruining computer components and causing instability, overclocking cause cause file corruption and data storage issues. Although I want to speed up our computer, I don't want to take the chance of losing any files or causing any issues with our clients pictures.

What are everyone's thoughts on this? I plan to OC safely, but being a noob, not really sure how to do that yet!
Buy more computing power. Over clocking often results in corrupted data. Not a big deal for gamers.
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Yea, sounds like an SSD is the way to go. I just want to make sure I get the most out of it without sacrificing speed. For instance, not sure if I should store photoshop actions and lightroom presets on it. Don't know which files need to be stored on SSD to speed progs up and which files if store somewhere else will bottleneck progs. Not sure where temp files are stored for lightroom...I'm just afraid of filling it up fast.

But yes, we do back things up...but I still don't want to risk corrupted data down the line. Glad to see other photographers on here!

I wish there was some easy way to test file integrity after a stress test...
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So I want to oc my sig rig. This is the computer my wife uses for our photography business. I have read that in addition to shortening or ruining computer components and causing instability, overclocking cause cause file corruption and data storage issues. Although I want to speed up our computer, I don't want to take the chance of losing any files or causing any issues with our clients pictures.

What are everyone's thoughts on this? I plan to OC safely, but being a noob, not really sure how to do that yet!
Is there a need for overclocking?

What software is being utilized?
post #17 of 29
I'm sorry, but I do a lot of photography and video work on multiple computers and they're all overclocked, and nothing bad happens, or whatever you're expecting that's bad to happen. The real question is, do you need to overclock? Not really.

I see that you have just a single HDD to keep all those media files? I would highly recommend some redundancy, like two HDD's in RAID 1, or four HDD's in RAID 10.

The best thing to do if you have some extra cash, is to spend it on two SSD's. One SSD (it can be 64GB) for your OS and applications. Your 2nd SSD to be your temporary work area (it can be another 64GB). For example, you'll store your RAW files on your HDD array. When you want to work on them, move them over to your 2nd SSD. Once you edit those files, transfer them back to your RAID array and delete those temporary work files on the 2nd SSD.

Aside from that, a professional graphics card, or a Fermi card (CUDA Acceleration) will also help.

Unless you're also dealing with video editing and encoding, then enabling Virtu, having CUDA for hardware acceleration, and overclocking your CPU and having SSD's will give you more noticeable benefits.
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I would only use an SSD for your OS not your files. SSDs aren't popular in enterprise applications for a reason...

Getting a 10-15k HDD will be just as expensive if not more but it is certainly much safer.

Isn't there a RAID array that has good back-up support or something of the like? Raid 6 or something?

Not going to look into it.. I'd take what I say with a grain of salt. x_x
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What's slow on that machine??? It looks pretty beefy as it is. I'm not even sure what could improve image editing on that, maybe an nvidia GPU that could help PS in rendering (unless that card can also do it) CUDA I think it is?

I guess an SSD too, but that machine is solid.
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Wow, did I browse to another site? This is OCN. If you pansies are afraid to overclock a work machine you might need to find another site. Every CPU typically has large room for improvement. Better cooling and proper tuning CAN extract faster absolute stable settings.
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