Hey folks, it's been about 6 years since I bought a laptop (HP) and I am starting to get into photography a whole lot more. I specifically love Lightroom 4 and have been using the 30 day free trial. However, it is dog slow when uploading files, I don't have much available hard drive space on the laptop. I have been looking for a desktop, but I want to make sure it will be sufficient for Lightroom 4. I don't really see myself getting into video editing, maybe I would upgrade to Photoshop some day. Otherwise it's mostly Office programs and internet, I'm not a gamer either if that helps.
I am not really interested in Windows 8 right now, and I see I can get machines with Windows 7 still
I would prefer a name brand like HP, but am open to suggestions
Budget for desktop, less monitor $650ish
My concerns about what is required for Lightroom 4:
As a reference here is a machine I have been looking at:
Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated, I don't want to waste money on something that isn't going to be capable.
Since this hardware sub-forum is part of the Premiere video editing forums, you may not get many replies about a non-video computer
For static pictures, what you linked should work OK
My wife doesn't do video editing, but she does a lot of pictures (Photoshop Elements) and she is currently designing our next house with a CAD program... and the computer I built for her this past November is 'wicked fast' for the work she does http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
For LR it may be enough, but if you ever consider moving into the video editing area, this is a lousy choice because of the AMD CPU. Even though it is an 8 core CPU, in practice it is in the lower quartile range of systems, slower than more than 50% of Intel systems and left in the dust by simple SB or IB quad cores.