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    Posted: 16 April 2019 at 02:37
Any ides as to how the following rig may suffice for editing photos in lightroom / photoshop

Core i7 2620m cpu
8gb ram
256gb SSD
1600x900 screen (14.1")
Win 10 pro

in addition has built in bluetooth for me to use my Wacom tablet and a dvds-rw for making hardcopy backups (true back-ups not just duplicates on the same machine in case of damage such as flood /fire etc)

Not the greatest machine in the world (actually less powerful than my HTPC) but much more practical but picked it up refurbed for $100 and will be dedicated soley to photo editing and nothing else except perhaps web browsing items related to photo editing. Figured if it doesn't work I can get my $100 back out of it as the parts and windows license should easily be worth that much.

Should arrive in a few days - hoping to not be disappointed.

Edited by jkkyler - 16 April 2019 at 02:47
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That second generation i7 will be the bottleneck - if you stay with 24mp cameras that 8mb will be okay. But like you said, for $100,- you cannot go wrong!
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I use a very similar setup. Lenovo laptop, Intel i7-2670QM (quadcore), 8GB RAM, upgraded with 256 GB SSD and 2TB hard drive. I use it like a desktop computer with an external full hd monitor.

I use GIMP and darktable but have also used lightroom in the past and performance was satisfying when editing 24MP photos.

So in my opinion you got a great deal for $100! Have fun!
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Do believe the 8Gb RAM might hold you back somewhat, I run an i7-6500U with 16Gb of ram and it's SLOW dealing with 24Mp A77 images.
In my case though it was a $1000 AUD laptop from new so for a 100 buck I could likely live with the slowdown.

Just make sure the screen doesn't have some kind of adaptive brightness, this now oldish Acer laptop does and even with trying to turn everything adaptive off it still bloody does it. Depending on what's on the screen the brightness will increase/decrease making edits a pain at times.
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I used to use a laptop that had an i7-2630QM, 8GB RAM, and 1TB SSD. I used it to process 24mp images in Lightroom, and the processing speed didn't bother me. The i7-2630QM (quad core) is slightly faster than your i7-2620M (dual core). But for $100, I think you got a decent deal.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2019 at 06:40
Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Do believe the 8Gb RAM might hold you back somewhat, I run an i7-6500U with 16Gb of ram and it's SLOW dealing with 24Mp A77 images.
In my case though it was a $1000 AUD laptop from new so for a 100 buck I could likely live with the slowdown.
I doubt the 16Gb of RAM is your bottleneck. Check your RAM use with a 24mp picture in your favourite RAW converter and it will probably be less then you expect. Unless your RAW converter is a inefficient.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jkkyler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 April 2019 at 12:56
Also going to try Luminar 3. Anybody know how that compares to Lightroom resource wise?
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Originally posted by jkkyler jkkyler wrote:

Also going to try Luminar 3. Anybody know how that compares to Lightroom resource wise?

I don't have LR but Luminar 3 works pretty well on my old-ish PC. No particular probs with speed.
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