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I’m talking about tons of editing… fast editing.
A computer for tons and tons of editing with fastest speeds possible.
Not a computer that will be used from time to time to edit.
Because if you have other pressing needs for the computer then your decision might differ.

My solution isn’t for the pretiest or the most user friendly… I’m talking effeciency!

Fastest, most powerful machine to run Lightroom or Photoshop. = Saving Time

Winner = Hand built PC for serious editing

If you want the fastest machine possible (at the moment) for picture editing you’ll have to stick with a PC for now.

-Good news is it will be abt half the cost (Roughly $3000 less)

-You’ll either need to set it up yourself
OR – Pay someone a couple hundred to set it up.
Still much cheaper than a Mac by several thousand.

Price has a lot to do with my consideration… so if several thousand for a similar powered machine isn’t a concern… by all means go Mac.

I don’t like store bought PCs

Thing about PCs is that stores sell cheap PCs or sell the good ones too expensive.
(Not an efficient move)
The PCs in stores aren’t that good… companies trying to make a buck on shoddy stuff. Therefore the whole PC system gets a bad rap.

And I must admit Macs are great for people who don’t know much about computers and have no desire to learn. But they just aren’t as fast for the same cost… and the options are way limited in comparison. (Stick with them for laptops)

Get a really great one set up by someone

Like i said just pay some techy friend to set it up…
or I’ll find you a techy friend to set it up for you.
Spend the couple hundred you save by buying hand selected parts and pay someone.

My old PC vs New MacBook Pro

I have a brand new MacBookPro for traveling but it’s way way slower than my PC. (1 yr Old quad core)
But laptops are small and convenient and great for travel. I don’t expect to use it all the time, just travel… that’s what it does best.
Why mac for laptop – macs don’t have a huge price difference when it comes to the higher end. I think it was only a few hundred more than the HP and it was smaller and had better battery life. The mac laptops are great…

BUT… For serious editing – use a desktop with real power

But come on, don’t use a laptop for editing if you do lots.
If you edit just a bit… it’s ok, by all means… get a laptop and plug it into a monitor and use a mouse.


Top of the line PC can be built sub $2k (w/o monitor)
(See details below)

Throw in a dell or a mac 30″ monitor and then you’re loving life, you’ve saved several thousand by going PC why not.

MAC = $5549  (w/o monitor)
8cores 2.6, 2 video cards, 2HDs
(NO FAST HD option like an SSD … at least not from their store… so you’ll need to get one of those somehow and reinstall OS)

So yeah it’s a fast machine I can only imagine, perhaps due for an update… but it’s nice.
They really don’t have a lesser version I would recomend unless get the 4 core instead of the 8 core.

Mac is $3000 dollars more and isn’t technically quite as fast. (Not sure how it compare honestly)
But it is prettier and the Mac/OS is nice for many people.

But let’s face it… you’re using Lightroom and Photoshop not finder or laucher all day long.

Seriously I’ll find someone to build it for you


i7 8cores, 12gb ram, SSD fast HD with several 1.5TB HDs, best video card or two for up to 4 monitors, full tower, best MB with tons of toys.

Crazy fast for Lightroom editing.
Add in a 30″ monitor or a couple of regular size ones.
I recomend always having a couple of monitors

Oh and if you play games on the side… You’ve pretty much built the ultimate gaming machine

Yet another reason to get a PC for editing?
Fusion IO is coming out with their incredible new pro-sumer HD and it’s a PC device!
And no longer do you have to spend $3-$10K to buy one!

Since this has become a very popular post I’ll re-edit and say how things are 8 months later

(I also wrote a follow up post a while back here SEE UPDATE HERE)

Use A DeskTop if you can

First I must say that if I were you I’d stick with a desktop to edit pictures.
Much much less expensive,
Much more expandable,
You can get 2-3 monitors on it no problem
No hassle for adding extra hard drives.
You are forced to work at a desk… which can be good.
And you won’t ever feel tempted to waste your time using something other than a mouse (or even better a tablet)
And you’ll most likely be using a good sized monitor (23″ and up)

Looking for a kickbutt photography editing laptop.

I’ll be gone a lot this summer on wedding assignments.
For instance in may I’ll be gone a week to alaska and I’ll need to edit while there.
I’ll also be gone later that month on a trip that will include weddings in Arizona and NYC

I need to keep on top of my editing and my old single core laptop from a while back won’t cut it.

So I need a good laptop that will substitute nicely.

I suppose I’m looking for:

  • Fast processor
  • Lots of Memory
  • big Screen – at least lots of resolution
  • good battery life for the airplanes
Tell me if there is anything else I’m missing.
So I’m even willing to go to Mac did a similar review

Base System

I will compare the prices based on system that has more or less the following:
They all have 17″

  • 2.93 processor
  • 64bit operating system
  • 4GB ram 1066 ddr3 / And also showing 8GB
  • 320GB HD

(Please note that prices have gone down since i wrote this in march)

Macbook Pro 17
= $3149
8GB ram = $4199
QuadCore = NA
Dell 17″
= $3875
8GB ram = $4915
QuadCore = 5715
Lenovo w700ds
3.06 processor
dual HDs in raid 320GB 5400rpm
Built in wacom tablet
8GB = $4919
Quad Core 2.5 = 5319
Sony vaio AW series
18.4 screen
= $2798
8GB = $3298
Quad = NA
2.8 processor
8GB = $2389
Quad Core 2.5 = 2989
Other things to note:
Obviously some of them have lots of toys and tricks that I didn’t mention, which accounts for some of the price difference.
But the question is… why is the HP so cheap in comparison?
And only a couple of them assured me that it was truly 1920 resolution.
And what other toys are necessary to compare that I overlooked.
Please weigh-in in what you think.


See that I ended up getting a MacBookPro – I decided that the price difference wasn’t as much as I expected or that usually exists between PC and Mac

I have used it as I stated for several of my trips. It’s been durable, small enough for my camera bags (that allow laptops)

I haven’t used it a ton for editing because i’ve gotten so used to the speeds of my desktop which this doesn’t even compare.
And now i’ve gotten used to my 30″ monitor and 17″ doesn’t make me feel confident I’m making the best editing decisions.

If I were to do it again I would. There’s a lot to be said about the small form factor for traveling and the long battery life.

If I were to buy a main computer – i’d still be putting together a top of the line PC.

It appears that for actual editing and processing (speeds or quality) that there is no advantage in Mac (that I’ve ever hear(… I just happened to like the computer.