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Hardware and migration decisions replacing Dell Workstation to improve performance editing images

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I am replacing a Dell Precision workstation, primarily because of very slow performance editing large RAW-format images. I have some questions about choice of PC and migration.
 
The current PC is a Dell Precision Workstation T5810, 4 years old. Key specs:
Xeon E5-1660 v4, 8 cores, 3.8 GHz
64 GB RAM, 2400 MHz DDR4
2   1TB  PCIe m.2 NVMe SSDs (one for Windows + apps, one for data)
NVIDIA Quadro M4000 GPU, 8 GB RAM
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Microsoft Office Pro 2010
 
Editing images is painfully slow. Basic edits, especially of a complex layer mask, can take one minute to show onscreen. I suspect one main contributor is the GPU. I wanted to just try upgrading to a GPU based on the NVIDIA RTX 3060 ti or RTX 3070 but cannot find this GPU available anywhere.
 
I am looking at a new Dell PC. (I am not prepared to build my own and I have been using Dell since Windows 3.1.)
 
I am looking at:
 
"New XPS Tower Special Edition"
11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900K processor (8-Core, 16M Cache, 3.5GHz to 5.3GHz)
64GB RAM, DDR4, 2933MHz
2TB M.2 PCIe NVME SSD (Boot) + 2TB SATA 72000RPM HHD (Storage)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6
Windows 10 Pro English
Microsoft Office Home and Business 2019
 
QUESTION: I am using PassMark performance specs for CPUs, GPUs, and systems to guide me. GPUs on Dell XPS systems have much higher performance ratings than those offered on Precision Workstations except for the most-expensive high-end workstations. Similarly, the i9-11900K is higher rated than Xeon GPUs offered on most Precision workstations.
 
Are PassMark ratings a good basis for making decisions and should I expect significantly better performance on image editing based on the PassMark ratings? Is there a better basis for making the decisions?
 
QUESTION: Copying data files to the new PC is no problem – I will do it through the LAN. Is there a good way to copy the Windows 10 user profile, Windows settings, and Office settings from the T5810 to the new PC?
 
QUESTION: A different user will start using the current T5810 workstation. I will setup a user account for the new user. Is there an easy way to copy my profile, Windows settings, and Office settings to the new user?
 
Thanks you, Pete
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