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Photographer
Ivan Monge
Posts: 319
New York, New York, US


So, I really want to buy a home computer as I want to start doing more retouching. I'm not a pro nor I can afford pro anything.

With that said, I do not want a MAC - Don't know why, but everytime I hear apple I can't get the Samsung Galaxy S3 commercial out of my head. So funny!

Anyways, below are the specs:

XPS One 2710
Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i7-3770S Processor (3.10 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.90 GHz)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
XPS One 2710 Non Touch
32GB mSATA caching SSD
2 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
16GB, NON-ECC, 1600MHZ DDR3,2DIMM
8X Blu-Ray BD Combo (Blu-ray ROM + DVD+/- RW)

would this setup fit my needs of editing RAW files or do I need something different. If the solution is a MAC forget about it ...
Oct 26 12 09:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Gulag
Posts: 1,245
Duluth, Georgia, US


More than enough horsepower to do what you need to do. I use a i5 box with only 8GB RAM to retouch 36MP files without any problems. You don't need any Apple stuff to get the job done.
Oct 26 12 09:49 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
imcFOTO
Posts: 579
Bothell, Washington, US


Ivan Monge wrote:
So, I really want to buy a home computer as I want to start doing more retouching. I'm not a pro nor I can afford pro anything.

With that said, I do not want a MAC - Don't know why, but everytime I hear apple I can't get the Samsung Galaxy S3 commercial out of my head. So funny!

Anyways, below are the specs:

XPS One 2710
Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i7-3770S Processor (3.10 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.90 GHz)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
XPS One 2710 Non Touch
32GB mSATA caching SSD
2 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
16GB, NON-ECC, 1600MHZ DDR3,2DIMM
8X Blu-Ray BD Combo (Blu-ray ROM + DVD+/- RW)

would this setup fit my needs of editing RAW files or do I need something different. If the solution is a MAC forget about it ...

Way beyond my specs (although I did upgrade to 2TB storage and blu-ray burner recently). I'm handling 16Mp Raw and 16bit Tiffs in just 8GB (but more would be better for sure).

What about monitors?  I have a 30" as main monitor and another 27" in portrait mode - both high quality Dells. If you haven't considered it - plan for a portrait mode 2nd monitor - if you've never had one, you'll wonder how you ever managed!

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120922/23/505ea85fcc216_m.jpg

Oct 26 12 10:41 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ivan Monge
Posts: 319
New York, New York, US


Just pulled the trigger, but not Im having remorse ... I'm not sure if a All-in-One desktop is the way to go.

Any comments on this?
Oct 27 12 03:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 10,238
Santa Ana, California, US


Everything sounds great except maybe what sounds like an integrated screen.
The specs on your monitor are going to be really important for your application. It's not like you're going to need full rgb colorspace support, but you need one that will: 1) calibrate correctly with an external hardware calibration puck, and 2) not be the older tft which changes contrast at the slightest change in viewing angle.
Oct 27 12 03:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


Ivan Monge wrote:
Just pulled the trigger, but not Im having remorse ... I'm not sure if a All-in-One desktop is the way to go.

Any comments on this?

No remorse. It will fit your needs and then some.

I didn't notice what video card you were getting or if it was integrated or dedicated. Just curious...not for anything editing-related.

You'll be spoiled by the SSD if you've never used one before.

And I absolutely love that Samsung commercial. "Hey when are we getting that...touch thingie? On the next one?"

Priceless.

Oct 27 12 03:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Pictus
Posts: 1,023
Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


John Allan wrote:
Everything sounds great except maybe what sounds like an integrated screen.
The specs on your monitor are going to be really important for your application. It's not like you're going to need full rgb colorspace support, but you need one that will: 1) calibrate correctly with an external hardware calibration puck, and 2) not be the older tft which changes contrast at the slightest change in viewing angle.

It uses the new Samsung PLS panel, so it should be good.

Oct 27 12 03:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/xps-o … 710-aio/pd

If that's the model it looks good. I'm not a fan of integrated graphics but that's a personal thing because I do some video-intensive gaming (yeah yeah I know I'm too old for that).

In the future (and not to add to your buyer's remorse) you can pick out your hardware and have a custom-built machine for a good bit less than that $1400 list. Something to keep in mind going forward.

A lot of us computer geeks actually enjoy doing it.
Oct 27 12 03:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Artist/Painter
JJMiller
Posts: 595
Buffalo, New York, US


As a minimum, get a gtx460 gfx card. It can handle what you throw at it, the future is gpu computing.
Oct 27 12 05:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ivan Monge
Posts: 319
New York, New York, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/xps-o … 710-aio/pd

If that's the model it looks good. I'm not a fan of integrated graphics but that's a personal thing because I do some video-intensive gaming (yeah yeah I know I'm too old for that).

In the future (and not to add to your buyer's remorse) you can pick out your hardware and have a custom-built machine for a good bit less than that $1400 list. Something to keep in mind going forward.

A lot of us computer geeks actually enjoy doing it.

Actually that's the base model with i5 .. The model that I got was the i7 with 16gb and I believe retail was 2k but I bought it for $1300 tax and shipping included. THe graphic card is NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 2GB GDDR5 not an integrated graphic card.

As someone else mentioned, I will be getting Spyder4Elite in the near future for the monitor calibration. I'm a n00b, but Im tired of waiting to get my images retouch so Im going to do it myself .. well at least thats the plan!

Oct 27 12 07:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Pictus
Posts: 1,023
Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Oct 28 12 04:48 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
RacerXPhoto
Posts: 2,465
Brooklyn, New York, US


Ivan Monge wrote:
Just pulled the trigger, but not Im having remorse ... I'm not sure if a All-in-One desktop is the way to go.

Any comments on this?

Tons of drawbacks
No Pros other than it looks pretty
Get a desktop and a better quality graphics monitor

Oct 28 12 11:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Innovative Imagery
Posts: 2,815
Los Angeles, California, US


The only thing I see wrong is a lack of software.  I.E. Lightroom and/or Photoshop.
Oct 29 12 12:08 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ivan Monge
Posts: 319
New York, New York, US


RacerXPhoto wrote:

Tons of drawbacks
No Pros other than it looks pretty
Get a desktop and a better quality graphics monitor

This was very informative .. Thank you!

Oct 29 12 07:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
GiL Gonzales Foto
Posts: 150
Los Angeles, California, US


Way more than enough to use for editing photos. It's even way more than enough to edit video also. Just keep it well ventilated and cool. Heat will be one of the things that will slow it down when your editing.
Nov 06 12 04:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
SSR Designs
Posts: 471
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, US


I just purchased nearly the exact same set up in Laptop. (Asus G75VW) And I can tell you right now you will not at all be disappointed.  I am able to run LR, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, After Effects, and Cubase all at the same time without ever making it breathe heavy.  You are going to be just fine and probably very excited once you start working!!

And Eff Apple....hahah I just realized that sounds a lot like Fapple...hmmm. Sorry lack of sleep is getting to me.
Nov 06 12 04:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Niche Photography
Posts: 231
Conway, Arkansas, US


Ivan Monge wrote:
So, I really want to buy a home computer as I want to start doing more retouching. I'm not a pro nor I can afford pro anything.

With that said, I do not want a MAC - Don't know why, but everytime I hear apple I can't get the Samsung Galaxy S3 commercial out of my head. So funny!

Anyways, below are the specs:

XPS One 2710
Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i7-3770S Processor (3.10 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.90 GHz)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium
XPS One 2710 Non Touch
32GB mSATA caching SSD
2 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
16GB, NON-ECC, 1600MHZ DDR3,2DIMM
8X Blu-Ray BD Combo (Blu-ray ROM + DVD+/- RW)

would this setup fit my needs of editing RAW files or do I need something different. If the solution is a MAC forget about it ...

Great horsepower, actually more than enough to do alot of video post as well.   Your only limiting factor is your hard configuration, imo.

Dedicated non-start up drive SSD for your scratch disk will add more pep to machines that aren't even as well spec'd as yours.

Nov 06 12 04:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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