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For using Lightroom, apart from surfing, word-processing and perhaps watching videos, what computer (processor / memory) would be good? Any recommended models?
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Is there any set model? Shona baba uses a Mac because he uses Linux. I have hated Apple since I was a dealer so I use a Windows machine. Its a Dell but, I am not wedded to a brand. I note specifications of processors, memory, and graphics. Boy takes it to the build of a particular processor something I would miss on just specifying an i7. I am slowly building a new machine with his discards, 64 gigs minimum and a stray 1 gig SSD instead of hard drive that I got my hands on. Most people don't need all that and don't have someone they can mooch off of. You may need a graphics card for all those beautiful photos or a Mac to do the artsy stuff. Are you looking for a desktop or a laptop. The latter is so handy. But, it does entail trade offs..
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I was thinking desktop as can get better specs for same money....
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Budget ? Puhleese ,
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INR 60K-1 lac depending on specs.
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If these are the tasks, why not the new iPad Pro. In some ways, a lot more than a laptop - and tons lighter. Also, look for Surface models - including the Surface laptop. One of the nice aspects is no crapware.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post I was thinking desktop as can get better specs for same money....
Lower cost, flexible specs, ease of maintenance/repair. Laptops is for portable if needed.

Also, as you are doing photo work, you probably want/have a bigger better monitor than laptop.

If wedded to Windows software.. no choice of OS. stay with what you know and like.

The only thing Apple that I regret not buying is stock. Have never bought anything they make. Free software for Linux may or may not do what you want. But you own the software already so that is not part of cost of the new machine.

Enjoy the new build!
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Yes monitor plus separate mouse needed for photo edit. Though was quite tempted by msft surface - quite expensive in India not sure why
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I think that anything equivalent or above i5 with 6gb ram and a good dedicated graphics card should be good. I have usually gone with assembled desktops and they have served pretty well.
I had installed photoshop, but then deleted it as I don't know how to use it! It would take time to load on laptop, but once open would work properly.
Have a hp laptop i5 4gb ram with dedicated graphics card. (all the hardware, but lacking in the grey matter to use it properly!)
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Lightroom requires a bit less computing power than Photoshop and is quite adequate for my needs. I have an i5, not sure how much ram, but the memory of that comp is full, the battery nearly dead hence thinking of an upgrade...it's 4 y/o - I could use it more, but looks harder than getting a new one
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Do check which generation of intel processor you choose eventually. The latest one is probably gen 7.
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Ah, that last comment of VA suggests something. Use crucial.com to check out the specs of what you own. Sometimes an upgrade in memory is cheap improvement. But, if your setup is legacy its all bets are off..

Like my first computer with options 1950 USD not including the hardware hack I did to double the memory.

http://www.trs-80.org/model-4p/

I would sell it to you but it rests in a computer museum up the coast. Bought it for the same money as my first car an AMC Hornet (the computer was a far better buy and ran so much better)..
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I have just upgraded to a rig. My needs were similar to yours, the budget also was similar. I have cannibalised the following from the existing rig :
1. One Dell IPS monitor, I suggest a minimum 24 inch monitor.Mine was U2412M, you can get newer models. Make sure that it's a Matt finished one.
2. An array of external HDDs 5 X 4 TBs.( Keep at least two 4 TBs).
3. A Reddragon mechanical Key board, One Steelseries gaming mouse, one Wacom pen tab, One spyder pro Hardware calibrator for monitor. ( I find all of them indispensable).
4. Windows 10, LR6 and Photoshps CS6 propreiotry licenses.

The new desktop configuration was this.
1. i5 latest generation chipset. I was advised that i7 could be an overkill.
2. Video card I have to check and let you know.
3. 16 GB Ram plus another slot left for further expansion.
4. one 256 GB SSD and two 1 TB Hard disks.

I don't do any video editing. This is working fast and fine. Hopefully this will suffice for at least 5 years. Hope this helps. In fact I have found out that more than processing power , monitors, input devices etc. matter more for the overall experience. My 2 cents.
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If there is no gaming, please consider Sony Viao for hardware. I never use Lightroom. I use Gimpshop.
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8 GB min, 16 GB better. Also, look up photo editing on iPad Pro. Very different experience, though photo editing is beyond me - as I barely keep up with photo taking...

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