JULY 2017

 
 
Equipment
 
The equipment and software I use (some more than others) are:
 
Hardware (updated October 2015) Quiet computing is very important to me and my pc has been assembled to achieve it.

Homebuilt pc - Intel CPU 3770K cooled by a BeQuiet Shadow Rock Pro SR1 fan and heatsink; an Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard; 32Gb Crucial DDR memory (CT2KIT102464BA1339); a Crucial 256Gb SSD for the OS and programs, and an Intel X25-M G2 160Gb SSD for the Photoshop Scratch disk; x2 Samsung 512Gb 840 Pro SSDs for data; an Asus GTX660 graphics card (GTX660-DC2-2GD5); Asus Xonar Esssence D2X pci soundcard and Musical Fidelty M1 DAC and V-LINK 192 usb to AES converter; Pioneer Blu-Ray SATA Disc rewriter. I use a Corsair Obsidian 550D case fitted with a Corsair AX 860W power supply. The case is cooled by x3 S-Series M12-S2 Noiseblocker fans.

NEC Spectraview Reference PA271W 27" monitor (wide colour gamut) calibrated with NEC Spectraview II software and an I1 Display Pro calibration puck; x2 external Western Digital 3TB HDDs with a SATA QuickPort USB3 docking station; Wacom Intuos5 6"x8" digital tablet (non touch version); Canon 5D Mark II dslr; Sony RX100 compact digital camera; and a Panasonic LX100. I print on an Epson R2400 inkjet, and a 1400 for less demanding work.

I have a Logitech Performance MX mouse which I combine with a FUNC 1030 mouse mat.

 

Software
Windows 10 Professional 64 bit; Photoshop CC2015 ( 64 bit); Painter 2016; Topaz Clean, Remask, Detail, Adjust, DeNoise and Simplify; PhotoZoom Pro 5; Dreamweaver CS3; buZZ Pro 3, and Photocopy made by Digital Film Tools. I use Faststone Image Viewer for photoviewing and organization, and FastPictureViewer Codec to see image thumbnails of PSD files in Windows Explorer. I also use DxO Optics Pro 10.