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Re: Computer advise.

I woulds also say 16GB memory as well. I'm not really a heavyweight user but my W8.1 machine does like to sit at aound 10GB in use so I'm just confortably outside the swapping zone if I start any heavy processing. I would also suggest 2 disks. Have a 256 or 512 GB SSD (for speed) for the operating system and applications and a second disk for all your data (images and videos). This could be as low as 1 or 2TB (either conventional or SSD depending on budget) or 4TB or more (I've just seen 12TB disks!) if you have many thousands of pictures. The reason for two disks - it makes it so much easier to image backup the system disk if that image does not contain gigabytes of photos. It is also easier to check the second disk for unbacked up stuff as the only things that change will be new (or edited) photos. If you have to replace or upgrade either disk in the future then you are only dealing with either the system or the data disk and not copying thousands of files unnecessarily and in the worst case scenario you can re-intsall the OS without having to restore the photos from a backup.
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