New inexpensive SFF PC for lightroom?
August 12, 2012 7:31 AM Subscribe
I would like a small new desktop PC. I would like it to be faster in Lightroom. I would like to spend as little money as humanly possible. What's my best strategy?
posted by selfnoise to technology (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So my current PC hasn't had any hardware updates in quite a while. I'd like to get a new one, but I'd like ideally to spend less than $400. Budget is pretty tight right now. Is this possible?
AMD Athlon 64 3000+(Winchester)
Nvidia Geforce 7600GT
2G DDR RAM (I think it's PC 3200)
1 160G HD, 1 320G HD
Lightroom is pretty pokey on this machine. Also, it was built in a time when I was PC gaming, and the tower is huge and not very energy efficient.
What I would like to do is replace it with a smaller machine that runs Lightroom faster. Other than imaging software, I use this computer for productivity stuff and for logging into my work PC via Citrix (and that bit works perfectly on the existing machine). I game on consoles, I do any other computing stuff on mobile devices.
I see a lot of small, low power devices out there (like the various Zotac Zbox models) but I'm not sure whether they would be faster than what I have. I specifically would like the app to be more responsive... processing time of RAWs into JPEGS is not as important.
So to sum up:
Small form factor to clear off my desk
Runs lightroom faster than what I have
More power efficient