So, not long after Christmas I decided, for some unknown reason, I would break my vow of no longer drinking Coca Cola, I had my first glass in about 6 months and I spilled it over my Sony Vaio laptop that had served me perfectly since the end of 2010 but now it was dead, completely. Karma? who knows.
I had recently been saving money for Tamron’s latest 24-70mm 2.8 VC lens but now I had to use that money towards replacing my laptop instead and, after weighing up various laptop options, I decided that I would build my own PC, for the first time in about 10 years!
Building a PC has many benefits over buying a laptop off the shelf, you can choose all your own components and tailor everything towards exactly what you need to use it for. Building a system purely for editing photos, writing and general internet stuff is quite easy, and can be relatively inexpensive; but I also play a lot of video games so the relevant hardware for that would add to the price considerably. The total cost came to around £1,200 and as I type this now from the keyboard of my newly built PC I can happily say that nothing went wrong while building it so here are the specifications of my build and i’ll leave some glamour shots at the bottom ^_^
- Corsair Carbide 200R case
- Asus Z97-K ATX Motherboard
- Intel Core i5-4690K CPU (a Core i7 would be preferable for a pure photo edit-based work station but I wanted to go for a balance in this system)
- Prolimatech 68 CPU cooler
- Galax Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 EX OC Black Edition graphics card (not necessary if all you want to do is edit photos)
- 16GB DDR3 RAM (8GB is fine if all you want to do is work in Photoshop or Lightroom)
- Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD (as a boot drive for Windows, Photoshop, Lightroom and other main programs to run as fast as possible)
- Seagate Barracuda 1TB harddrive for mass storage of RAW photos etc (also backed up by my Samsung 1TB external passport harddrive)
- SuperFlower 550W power supply
- Windows 8.1 64bit
- Asus VS229 22” LED monitor (something I’ll look to upgrade as soon as possible as budget displays aren’t ideal, this particular model does suffer from light bleeding along all 4 frame edges)
Thankfully my choice of case (The Corsair Carbide 200R) gives me plenty of room for further upgrades, I can add more disk drives or SSD drives if I want or upgrade the cooling system with addition 120mm or 140mm fans for intake and exhaust to keep the system running at optimally lower temperatures or there’s even room for a water cooling system if I wanted to go down that route as well.
Although I was initially really frustrated that I couldn’t buy the Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC lens, I am very happy that fate, karma or whatever gave me the odd chance to build a new PC, because I had forgotten how much fun it is. Now I just have to start saving for that lens…again. ^_^