Your Advice Needed for Purchasing a New Photographer's Computer Please...

Your Advice Needed for Purchasing a New Photographer's Computer Please

18 posts
10 Aug 2017
DragonGraffix
Photographer
DragonGraffi..
Hi Good Folks

Can I pick your brains regarding what make and specification of computers you as photographers are using these days, and where you may suggest I can get a good deal with good service?

I have been using an HP computer running Windows XP for the last 10 years and for the last 5 years it has been attached to an Eizo ColorEdge CG241W monitor.

I just purchased a new HP computer but my images are very highly saturated on it particularly red and skin tones are very unnatural, even after a great deal of manipulation of the monitor settings. After several hours on the phone to HP tech support I will be taking it back to John Lewis where I purchased it.

Any help / advice you can give me in purchasing a good photographers‘ computer would be greatly and gratefully appreciated.

Many thanks

Rob 
Posted 10 Aug 2017
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
My editing computer is a water cooled beast with mirrored drives from Chillblast Had it for a few years now and has taken everything that gets thrown at it day in day out. Nor sure of the model other than they had a few set up specifically for photoshop. The monitor is an Eizo 27" so not a cheap combo. In fairness the monitor I bought with it at the time was not bad for the price



Posted 10 Aug 2017
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Lots of memory is the main thing you need to look for if you're into heavy photo editing. Even my 16GB laptop used to struggle with memory issues after a period of time, so I opted for 32GB on my desktop machine (money permitting I'd have gone for 64GB in all honesty) and imo 32GB should be what you should aim for as a minimum for any serious work machine.

Video card wise, don't forget you need either an nVidea Quadro, or ATI/AMD FirePro card in order so fully support 10 bit per channel on high end monitors (and you'll need to use the display port connector), as all other options are 8-bit per channel colour depth.

Posted 10 Aug 2017
TheChrisS
Photographer
TheChrisS
Mines from Chillblast too. They're a fantastic company, would thoroughly recommend them for computers
Posted 10 Aug 2017
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
Mac Pro with Eizo colourEdge monitor

Posted 10 Aug 2017
paulcase
Photographer
paulcase
MAC

Posted 11 Aug 2017
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
For those suggesting Macs, it would nice to hear a good enough reason why.

Providing you don't find Windows difficult, a Windows PC that is arguably more powerful than a Mac Pro (which is aimed at video when you consider its poor memory expansion but massively parallel graphics processing capability) especially for photo editing (which needs memory, not raw speed) can be had for half the money.

Posted 11 Aug 2017
paulcase
Photographer
paulcase
RedChecker

For those suggesting Macs, it would nice to hear a good enough reason why. Providing you don't find Windows difficult, a Windows PC that is arguably more powerful than a Mac Pro (which is aimed at video when you consider its poor memory expansion but massively parallel graphics processing capability) especially for photo editing (which needs memory, not raw speed) can be had for half the money.



I find the Mac simple to operate, reliable (after 4 years) and quick. I am not a computer expert but I struggled for years trying to get light,contrast and coulor right with various lap tops and computers. Once I bought the Mac this all became so easy. I struggled swopping over to the Mac system for the first couple of weeks but now if I have to work on windows based systems I find them over complicated by comparison. Of course its personal choice but the Mac suits my needs perfectly.

Posted 11 Aug 2017
MG
Photographer
MG
It's a difficult comparison when you just compare all of the numbers because they are not like for like. The old mac and PC war of words will go on forever. A trip to an applestore is a good idea. For myself, I've had a mac for around ten years now and never had any issues whatsoever with one. No virusses, nothing. I know some people do but I just find it easier overall. I was extremely experienced on PC's before Windows 10 came out and now I find PC's alien, I still have a sony Vaio that I use on occasion when I absolutely have to but I just prefer Mac. And I like using an Android phone too. My brother however hats Macs and loves Iphones.... Thats why you have a choice of Sunday roasts
Posted 16 Aug 2017
DragonGraffix
Photographer
DragonGraffi..
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE TRIED TO HELP ME, YOUR ADVICE HAS BEEN GREATLY AND GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED!
 
May I kindly ask you if you can recommend a good supplier that is reliable?
 
Many thanks
Posted 16 Aug 2017
TheChrisS
Photographer
TheChrisS
Www.chillblast.com

Posted 17 Aug 2017
redbaron
Photographer
redbaron
http://www.chillblast.comc

was where mine came from and never had any issues with the beast. That was a few years ago now and I chose them because the machine had been specifically designed for Photoshop and they seemed to have good reviews and awards. One purchase is not really a bench mark to give a recommendation off though. I can only say the service I received on that sale was spot on and it has served me well since. By that I mean two photographers thrashing the guts out of it day in day out with it hardly ever getting turned off. Nice and quiet, there was no bloatware installed. Actually the only issu I have had is the additional integral card reader I  had as an extra. The pins in the Compact card reader got bent so had to replace
Posted 17 Aug 2017
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I always build my own so I know exactly what's going in it and it's exactly to my own specification. Ready built machines almost always either cut corners or chose the odd one or two components that restrict future upgrades or hinder performance.

Posted 17 Aug 2017
EllessePhotography
Photographer
EllessePhoto..
RedChecker

I always build my own so I know exactly what's going in it and it's exactly to my own specification. Ready built machines almost always either cut corners or chose the odd one or two components that restrict future upgrades or hinder performance.


+1 - just what I do too

However, if you don't feel confident in doing so, try a company like PC Specialist who will custom build one for you.

It's a bit difficult giving advice without knowing your budget (no use specing a £2.5k build if your budget doesn't stretch to it), and how heavily you use Photoshop/Lightroom, and other factors

Posted 18 Aug 2017
davetse
Photographer
davetse
Chillblast ! 100% had mine 3 yrs now. Cannot be faulted for build quality and upgrade proof too.

Only one fault in 3 yrs and that was the power supply. Replacement to me 1/2 hr

Give them a checkout

Posted 2 Sep 2017
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