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    PC Upgrade?

    I am thinking of upgrading my PC, I've had it for a couple of years with little to no upgrades. I was wondering what other people use or have found useful with regards to their system, monitors and everything that may be photo relevant. Hope to hear back.

    Joey

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    Perhaps a clue on where we're starting would be helpful.

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    I don't remember all of the exact info and am not on the desktop right now but if I believe this is some of it:
    1.8 Athlon
    GeForce 4 Ti 4400
    100 GB HD
    Samsung 15 in 150s monitor
    512 RAM

    anything else?

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    I'd say now is a good time to switch to Mac. I've been increasingly dissatisfied with Microsoft powered PCs and Linux would be interesting if it was user-friendly. Thus, my next PC will be a Mac.

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    Your intentions are good, but now is the WORST time to get a Mac. Wait a year or two for the Intel transition to occur and then switch over otherwise you'll be left in the dark when all the software that's sold isn't compatible with your computer.

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    Perhaps a nice 17"-19" TFT would serve well, but your PC is fine. I'd say stick with it and don't upgrade just for the sake of upgrading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex914
    Your intentions are good, but now is the WORST time to get a Mac. Wait a year or two for the Intel transition to occur and then switch over otherwise you'll be left in the dark when all the software that's sold isn't compatible with your computer.
    It is the other way around. Software for the PPC processors will for quite some time outnumber the software running on intel processors. The software running on the intel processors will also run on the PCC's, because the programs will have both types inside their binaries from the software development tools. You compile it once and both will be linked into one "program". The PPC's will not become obsolete in a long time.
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    Get a good P4 (forget the athlon) with a quick hard drive like 7200rpm or 10000 rpm. It could be around 60-80gb. You can always add more later.

    Make sure the video RAM is at least 64-128mb... This is key with screen refreshes. Make sure you have alot of USB 2.0 ports or get a USB HUB afterwards. If your into VIDEO, get a FIREWIRE 800 port. New standard.

    After that, a good monitor is always nice, but I have a TOSHIBA LAPTOP M200 with good video RAM, a 7200 RPM hard drive and a regular laptop 15" screen. I can see the pics quite well.

    Adobe Photoshop CS or whatever camera software you have for editing.

    Of course, there's a lot more to discuss.....

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    You will also need at least 1 GB of RAM. WinXP will run with 512MB but it's not very responsive.
    Colt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coltess
    You will also need at least 1 GB of RAM. WinXP will run with 512MB but it's not very responsive.
    Exellent point Coltess, this is quite true. The more memory the better, however make sure the computer has an upgrade path. i.e. Excepts 2gb RAM or more.

    At any rate, if you get the right combination, Memory, Processor, fast 7200 or more hard drive at least 60-100gb and don't forget that VIDEO RAM you will be all set for awhile. USB2.0 of course.

    ciao, hef
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