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Which is best for photos

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I'm not sure if this should have been on the Hardware spot or here, but I am trying to decide between 2 computers which would be the best for working with my photos. I spend a lot of time with manipulating photos and want the computer which will do the best job for me. I have my choice, but don't know enough about what does what to make a decision. Here is the information I think is relevant. If I need more, please let me know.

Processor AMD Athlon® 64 X2 3800+, dual core processor with AMD64 technology
• 2.0 GHz
• 200 MHz system bus
• 512KB × L2 cache
• Installed: 1024 MB DDR2 533 MHz (PC4200) (Expandable to 4.0 GB)
• Expandable to: 4 GB

Video Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150LE graphics
Up to 128MB of Shared Video Memory Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.1)
High Definition Audio
Hard Drive 250 GB 7200 RPM PATA hard drive

Performance Rotational Speed 7,200 RPM (nominal) Buffer Size 2 MB Average Latency 4.20 ms (nominal) Contact Start/Stop Cycles 50,000 minimum Seek Times
• Read Seek Time 8.9 ms
• Write Seek Time 10.9 ms (average)
• Track-To-Track Seek Time 2.0 ms (average)
• Full Stroke Seek 21.0 ms (average) Transfer Rates
• Buffer To Host (EIDE) 100 MB/s (Max)
• Buffer To Disk 748 MBits/s (Max)


Intel Pentium 4 Processor 2.80 C GHz with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Cache Memory 512 KB Integrated On-Die Level 2
Front Side Bus Speed 800 MHz
1024MB PC-2700 333MHz DDR (expandable to 2.0GB)

Hard Drive 120 GB 7200rpm Ultra ATA.100 Hard Drive
Video & Graphics
ATI Radeon 9200
128MB Video Memory (128-bit DDR)
8X AGP 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration

Thanks for any help
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What's your price range ???
Do you also need a new monitor ?? .. Price range also.
OK ... Next questions ..
What's you main monitor, LCD or CRT and size ???
What display settings do you like .. 1024x768 or what ??
Do you use Photoshop ???
Good combination … Do you have the new Elements 5.0 … I really like it.
They made it less pretty and more functional with more available screen space to work in.

Running your Sony at 1024x768 .. You may notice that the picture is shrunk ~6% in width.
This is not a problem … If you notice it .. just remember what you computer has, and will print, will be the correct size.
If you’re thinking about a new monitor .. The 20 inchers will not have this distortion problem.

I think Ram size .. followed by speed .. is the only thing that might effect photo operations noticeably.

Re: Your other post here …
On my older computer .. I was wanting to play with Dual monitors.
The higher end video cards all seemed to want a minimum 300w Power Supply that I didn’t have.

Anyway .. I installed a second (Cheap, Low memory) PCI video card for the second monitor…
That I found locally on sale for $29 .. (as I remember).

It seemed to work really great for the second monitor, non gaming, applications.

Then I installed a stronger power supply .. and a higher end video card …
and 2 weeks later … The video card fan started screaming.
Even before the fan went out … The only difference I could detect was in my wallet.

Now .. I’m spoiled .. Dual monitors are better that wide screens… IMO.

Here’s my test image .. It’s a perfect Circle/Square.
It will look like an egg on end on your 17” ... better seen displayed full screen.


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