Back to Basics
Sep 5, 2006
I’ve ordered a new computer. Well, that is not quite correct: I have ordered the components of a new computer. I decided to build my own after carefully evaluating the low-cost options from Dell and the lovely machines from Apple. Frankly, I have very specific needs in mind—I want to build a photo workflow desktop. It should be ideally suited to run Photoshop in a VMWare virtual machine as my primary operating system shall remain Ubuntu GNU/Linux.
The specs on the new machine:
- AMD 64 X2 Windsor 4200+ (2.2Ghz, dual core)
- 2 x 512MB DDR2 800 RAM
- ASUS GeForce 7300GT
- ABIT K9N nForce motherboard
- 2 x 160GB Seagate SATA IDE drives
- Antec P180 case
- Seasonic ST12 PSU, 430W
I’ve got to archive, purge, and re-organize two years worth of digital photo files. I have megabytes and megabytes of marginal photos that are simply not worth saving. Unfortunately, dredging through the photos (especially the RAW files) is extremely time-consuming with my aging dual 733Mhz Pentium machine with 384MB of RAM.
The Pentium is now six years old. It’s been working hard since I started college—it’s time to let it retire. Hooray!