New PC is here!
Just over 1 day old, and so far I'm smiling ear to ear
. I can go from lightroom to photoshop (16bit, adobe rgb, zip compression, 350 dpi) in 2 seconds
!!!!! My lightroom previews move like a snap and I'm able to flag photos (with auto-advance) almost instantly.
My setup came in at around $900.00 USD, but with shipping and taxes locally, it came up to around 1400.00 USD
. Sucks living in the 3rd world. Anyways, I went with the following:
- GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
- XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
- CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
- Rosewill RX-DUS100 2.5" & 3.5" SATA to USB2.0 & eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station
- Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
- Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
I also have 2x1TB, 2x500GB, 1x320GB hard drives from my old PC.
I went with LGA1366 because I felt it had a better upgrade path. The mistake I made with my last PC was that I bought something that was close to its end of life, and as such, upgrade options were limited even 1 yr out. I was really tempted by the Phenom x6, but the rumblings are that AMD is going to pull the plug on AM3 very soon, so I didn't want to take that chance. Also, the motherboard supports up to 24GB RAM. So, even though I wouldn't dream of doing that now, I can in 3 yrs drop in a 6 core 980 and some more RAM and an SSD and be able to stay in the game a little longer.
The downside is that I broke into my lens savings to afford this, but I already have lenses that work reasonably well and so the CZ 24-70 can wait a couple more months. I really felt that my workflow was taking the joy out of photography to the point were I didn't even want to copy data from the cards as it would just take so long to even review them. I was even getting sloppy and cutting corners when editing, and that will never do! So, bit the bullet, and I'll know for sure if it was worth it in a couple of months.
Anyways, any questions or comments, let me know.