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Hi Brian, first time poster.  You helped me with my first desktop I bought back in 2014 and it's about time to update/upgrade.  I've tried to sort through your minimum/preferred suggestions and also searched up posts, but would you mind taking a look at this for me? Not sure if this link works but here is where I was working: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/cty/pdp/spd/xps-8930-se-desktop/xd8930se41h?cartitemid=764bbbe7-8907-41c4-ad2f-7397f19b1950&ref=carconfigedittitle&configurationid=87c27ba8-234c-4d8b-a949-f0f3e18acdf4&aid=4485850&cjevent=bec936a7a43c11ea813e00220a240610&gacd=9694607-23736398-5750457-266319267-127795103&dgc=af&ven1=12578053-4485850-bd3ae398a43c11ea9279a6226f9167e90INT&dclid=CMnyr9aq4ekCFYHawAodFlcD0w

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There are two differences I would make. One is to get a 1TB single drive instead of a dual configuration. You can always add another internal HD at a later time, for less money. Second, if you are just using Photoshop, you don't "need" the "Super" Version of the Video Card. Unless you are a heavy gamer as well.

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Since I just made my main forums viewable to all, you still need to be logged in to post, I want to clarify my thought process on why get a single 1TB HD instead of a combo configuration. After all, by having two hard drives, gives you more storage, right? Well yes and no....

The reason is, people are creatures of habit. The majority of us out there are used to dumping everything on a "C Drive." The whole clicking "next-next-next-ok-apply-next-next-finish" way of thinking in engraved in our heads. You don't have to think and unfortunately, Hard Drives usually become dumping grounds. Unless you mentally THINK each and every time to store stuff on the "D Drive," more than likely it will end up on C, usually the desktop in a folder somewhere.

I've seen this very issue hundreds of times...people forget about the second hard drive, especially if it's internal. Why? The 'ol "Out of Sight-Out of Mind" thing. When people see an external hard drive, it forces them to think about it and they will easily store things on a EHD. When it comes to an internal drive, people will forget about having a second drive and then the main drive gets filled with crap, which results in a panicked post here or on FB Ask Damien with a computer that isn't working correctly.

So that's why I like having a 1TB Main HD. It's big enough for the OS, Main Programs & Updates...along with the PS Scratch Disk, and gives you a little room to work with current projects. If you choose a 500GB model, you will have to put all sessions and files on the "D Drive / aka the Data Drive" to house your files. Make sense? It's just so easy to dump everything on the "C Drive." :)

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