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    Default Advice Please!!!!!!!!

    I've decided that my computer (Desktop & Monitor) like me has seen better days.
    Been looking at Pillar and AIO (All in One) Any thoughts?
    I use it in the main for video editing and photo's, bit of writing.
    Price wise, I accept you get what you pay for.

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    The Apple-isti will be along shortly to recommend an iMac closely followed by the Windows advocates recommending you get anything but an iMac!

    Without a budget & spec it's difficult to recommend anything specific but IME (as someone who has been a software developer for 35 years) is that get as much RAM as you possibly can. It's a far more effective route to decent performance than the latest & fastest processor. Second, get a decent capacity SSD rather than a spinning disk.

    Probably not for you, but FWIW I have a Dell XPS-15 laptop with 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD and Core-i7 processor and would happily recommend one to anyone who is interested in a Windows laptop.
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    If you are into video and photos there are a few things to look at.
    1. Plenty of RAM 32GB
    2. Fast processor Core i7
    3. SSD + large drive to store ouput
    4. But most important is the screen. I get asked to calibrate lots of devices by members of my camera club. I have not yet found any laptop that produces anywhere near as good results as the mid price monitors.
    FYI I worked in IT all my life and have been a very keen photographer for over 50 years and been an active digital exponent since 2002.
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    Thanks Chris, Alan for your advice much appreciated.
    You've both echoed what several friends had advised me, but I thought I would throw it on here.
    Apple is completely out, I have Avid Xpress DV and Premiere Pro installed for video editing, don't want to change to Final Cut - too many pennies!!
    Already got a small lightweight laptop that I only use if I'm away - e-mails, security, download from camera etc. don't do any processing on it.
    Once again very many thanks
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    If Dell is an option then it's worth keeping an eye on their Outlet site, which is where I got mine: https://outlet.euro.dell.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctrollen View Post
    If Dell is an option then it's worth keeping an eye on their Outlet site, which is where I got mine: https://outlet.euro.dell.com
    Thanks Chris - will do
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    Trouble with AIO pc's is the graphics cards, usually only integrated, therefore not suitable for video editing.

    Alan's advice is sound, with the addition of a GFX card, something like the Nvida GTX1060 (for the cuda cores). Also look for M.2 nvme SSD drives, usually 4-5 times faster than traditional SATA ssd's (for os and progs). If you wish to post/pm a budget, we can better suggest a build. Would you do any gaming on it? - How heavy is your video editing, lots of fancy effects or.... (can eat ram)
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    I have a Scan 3xs range pc and it rocks, they provide pc's to the Queen etc, check out the site and look for some reviews

    https://www.scan.co.uk/3xs

    You can easily tailor them to your needs too, nice touch is it came with a memory stick on velcro inside that had all the software on so you could reinstall from it.

    I used to use Dell but found they tended to go off piste in their designs meaning upgrading boards etc could be fraught with difficulties as they used in house items.
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    Default Re: Advice Please!!!!!!!!

    Thanks everyone for all your comments and help.
    However I'm hanging fire for a week or two, I've got a relative coming who his very much in to the computer world and is going to sort things out for me - Once again many thanks.

    TonyT - I have sent you a PM but it seems your in-box is full and can't receive it - many thank anyhow for your helpful reply
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    Thanks Trev, sorted that.
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