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    How many hard drives can i install in a desktop PC... I want to build a computer to future proof for the next 5 years or so... Any recommendations for graphics card too... Ill many use the PC for photo editing

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    As many as you want if you have enough sata ports (most come with 4-8 ). If you really need more then stick some PCI-E SATA Cards in and add a load more.

    I don't think photo editing needs that good a card, something midrange should be enough to handle it all.

    Edited by: "dcx_badass" 5th Sep 2016

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    dcx_badass

    As many as you want if you have enough sata ports (most come with 4-8). … As many as you want if you have enough sata ports (most come with 4-8). If you really need more then stick some PCI-E SATA Cards in and add a load more.I don't think photo editing needs that good a card, something midrange should be enough to handle it all.



    ​Thanks for the quick reply... I currently have 4 in mine... But considering my computer is about 16 years old... I think a upgrade is due ive got a quad core processor...1gb graphics card and 16gb of ram... Please feel free to suggest components =)

    you could try and get ssd that will help a bit more with files ect or bigger space storages so you require less sata ports

    bruce287

    ​Thanks for the quick reply... I currently have 4 in mine... But c … ​Thanks for the quick reply... I currently have 4 in mine... But considering my computer is about 16 years old... I think a upgrade is due ive got a quad core processor...1gb graphics card and 16gb of ram... Please feel free to suggest components =)



    Or about 9 years at most. Q6600? 16 years ago the only way to have 4 cores would be a 4 socket server board and loads of money!

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    Or about 9 years at most. Q6600? 16 years ago the only way to have 4 … Or about 9 years at most. Q6600? 16 years ago the only way to have 4 cores would be a 4 socket server board and loads of money!



    ​Hahah dont i feel stupid.. It was a long time put it that way haha...

    Im running the operating system from a SSD so think ive done everything i can do the machine.... Just need ideas and suggestions to build a monster again

    bruce287

    ​Hahah dont i feel stupid.. It was a long time put it that way haha... Im … ​Hahah dont i feel stupid.. It was a long time put it that way haha... Im running the operating system from a SSD so think ive done everything i can do the machine.... Just need ideas and suggestions to build a monster again



    Don't worry it's not just you. There is this phenomenon that PC hardware is older than it really is.

    As for hard drives capacities are pretty big now. 3tb drives are pretty affordable and while not in the same league as SSD's are pretty fast compared to drives from years ago.

    Ssd is a priority this will speed everything up. Any modern motherboard supports usb 3.0 so a decent usb 3.0 external drive can be purchased for expansion. If you really need lots of space then look at a nas drive which can be connected over gigabit line. Also you say you have 4 hard drives what capacity are these?

    How much do you want to spend?

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    Chidmas

    How much do you want to spend?



    ​Ive got a SSD for the operating system... 2 of the hdd is 4tb...and the other 2 are 2tb...ive got the monitors n peripherals... Just need a new tower me thinks... No more than 900

    bruce287

    I want to build a computer to future proof for the next 5 years or so...



    You haven't said what your current hardware is, but if you've used one of the first Quad cores (Q6600/Q6700/QX6700/QX6800/QX6850) for nine years now then you don't need very much for another five years.

    I'd look at spending around £500-600 on an i5-6_00 system with all the bells and whistles.

    Graphics card? Photo editing is primarily a CPU task and while some of the high end packages will use the GPU for a few tasks such as certain filters, the advantage of faster cards tends to be fairly small.

    If you're buying a big case for lots of drives anyway then the graphics card won't affect anything else so I'd probably default to using the integrated graphics. You can easily add a card if your research or experience with the new system suggests it's needed.
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