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Hey guys, I was working on a client network yesterday and their new computer build done by someone else. I did notice a few things that could had been done differently or improved on it and so I wanted to share my finding with you guys to get some feedback from other photographers and system builders. That way I can help improve her system on what she already has. This computer is strictly a photography system with two huge monitors I believe they are 28" dual monitors running 1920x1080. Sorry didn't take the spec info from them since I was there dealing with a separate network issue.

Photography System
CPU: Intel i7-4790
CPU Cooler: Stock
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB Kit (2x8GB) Timing 10-11-10-30-1T
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H
VIDEO: none
SSD: none
HDD: 3TB Seagate shared with OS and Backup Photos
PSU: Corsair CS450M
CASE: Small tower generic case
OS: Windows 10
WIFI: Unknown very slow 2.X Mbps Up / 2.X Mbps Down (Her ISP Speed are 40Mbps Down / 5Mbps Up
ROUTER: AC 1750 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router

Anything you guys think should be change or improve on this system? I know that I would keep that OS on a separate drive like an SSD and keep the backup drives for photo only. I would also upgrade her wireless adapter plus add a GPU for those two huge monitors. Main application she is using is Photoshop and Light-room. She has another application that she also uses but I don't recall the name of it.

Thanks!
Edited by ITAngel - 11/6/15 at 9:02am
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You should add a better CPU cooler even a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is better then the stock cooler which is crap.
And the Corsair CS is not all that great so you could replace it with a Cooler Master V instead.
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post #3 of 9

I think the only thing that I would have done differently is I would have strongly recommended a solid state drive just because of how much faster all of her file operations would be.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

You should add a better CPU cooler even a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is better then the stock cooler which is crap.
And the Corsair CS is not all that great so you could replace it with a Cooler Master V instead.


What harm is that PSU going to do for a computer like this? She won't even be gaming with it. It's also $24.99 from Newegg after their $5 off promo and the $30 mail-in rebate.

 

So, I say it's more than good enough.

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
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Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
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Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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post #5 of 9
did you already buy something form the list?
post #6 of 9

He didn't buy anything...

 

"Hey guys, I was working on a client network yesterday and their new computer build done by someone else."

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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (OS) 3 TB Toshiba P300 (storage) Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner 
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Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO 
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

did you already buy something form the list?
I have not purchase anything the machine is already been built, I just want to make sure it is set correctly for her as is her side business. I going to do an order but mainly to get the Wireless AC adapter and anything else you guys think needs to be better like the CPU cooler or SSD etc... thumb.gif
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Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gam... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1, 80+ BRONZE 750W Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gami... 
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by ITAngel View Post

I have not purchase anything the machine is already been built, I just want to make sure it is set correctly for her as is her side business. I going to do an order but mainly to get the Wireless AC adapter and anything else you guys think needs to be better like the CPU cooler or SSD etc... thumb.gif
an ssd will be useful fo large files or bathc fo files.
also a video could be useufl if he can use opencl a cpu cooler only if the current one is too noisy
post #9 of 9
If she is doing a lot of Photoshop work (layers and other types of manipulations) more RAM would be helpful as that program is really a memory hog. However, the MoBo is a micro-ATX and you are not going to be able to do that (I'm a little surprised at that as I think dedicated workstations are better off with ATX size MoBos so the system can be more easily expanded as needed).. A SSD for the OS and programs is really a necessity these days and they are not that expensive. Photoshop can also take advantage of a second SSD as a scratch drive for working on files but again you need to find out how much she uses it. Lightroom has not implemented GPU acceleration yet but having a discrete GPU will take some of the burden off of the CPU as you don't need to run graphics through it. Depending on her tolerance for noise, a better CPU cooler would be nice.
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