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Building a Computer for Photoshop, 3ds Max and a bit of video editing. Budget $1000 - $1500.

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June 24, 2014 7:50:22 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: July 2014

Budget $1000 - $1500.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly Photoshop for digital illustration, 3ds Max Modelling and Rendering, and occasional video.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I have a Dell Ultra-sharp 27"

Do you need to buy OS: No, I have a copy of Win 7 pro.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memory Express because its local.

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


- I have an understanding of the components to build a PC but I still have trouble making a selection among so many variants. I refereed to a BOXX - TECH workstation to get the ball rolling but I could really use some feedback from more experienced and knowledgeable people.

I've also refereed the link below as a possible configuration but I'm not sure what to use as a motherboard since memory express doesn't offer ASrock boards.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1742799/building...

CPU:
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
- I did some reasearch and some people suggest 2011 processors or older gen. intel CPUs.


CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard:

I'm not sure what sort of MOBO to get.

BOXX TECH suggests
Intel Z87 Express Chipset
Dual Channel DDR3-1600


Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage:
Samsung 840 Pro Series 252GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

Storage:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card:
PNY Quadro K600 1GB PCI-E w/ DVI, DisplayPor

- not suse why BOXXtech recommend a Quadro card.

Case:
not sure

Power Supply: Not sure.


Optical Drive:
Asus 24x DVD-RW Drive, SATA, OEM, Black

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 7 Pro

Overclocking: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments:
I'm really concerned about getting a good build and choosing the right parts at the moment. I'd like to buy the build locally for easier servicing,

IF anyone has any suggestions or could offer some advice I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!!

June 24, 2014 8:03:12 PM

the quatro video card is a higher end then a gaming card. there made for video rendering. if you can wait a little bit. wait for the newer haswell-e cpu and the newer x99 mb and ddr-4 ram. the newer haswell-e and the server cpu for the x99 will have more cores and run on ddr-4 ram.the newer ram is faster then the older ddr-3 ram and lower power. also with more cpu cores your rig can do more work.
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June 24, 2014 8:06:27 PM

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.ht... says -
Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2 GHz or faster)
Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
2 GB of RAM
2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0–capable system
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

So you don't need much

an i5 4690k would be more than sufficient with an ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 per http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z...

8gb 1866 ram would be more than enough

Windows 7 or 8 (64 bit)

A Radeon Graphics card - for Open GL

Try - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gami...

but change to the cpu and mobo as above

and change the 780ti to a Sapphire R9 290 - to get in budget

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June 24, 2014 9:23:58 PM

Here's a build that would be rock-solid for your intended use and budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($389.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($229.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 250X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1359.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 25, 2014 9:12:43 AM

smorizio said:
the quatro video card is a higher end then a gaming card. there made for video rendering. if you can wait a little bit. wait for the newer haswell-e cpu and the newer x99 mb and ddr-4 ram. the newer haswell-e and the server cpu for the x99 will have more cores and run on ddr-4 ram.the newer ram is faster then the older ddr-3 ram and lower power. also with more cpu cores your rig can do more work.


shortstuff_mt said:
Here's a build that would be rock-solid for your intended use and budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($389.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($229.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 250X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1359.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


Lot's of good suggestions. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions shortstuff_mt. I wasn't sure about power supply. Aside from meeting certain amps, does the semi-modular power supply help in any way?

The other question is whether it matters that the MOBO is a different chipset such as a Z97 rather then a Z87? Is this just a newer gen. chipset or a higher caliber chipset? Thanks again for your suggestions.
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June 25, 2014 9:15:10 AM

i7Baby said:
http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.ht... says -
Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor (2 GHz or faster)
Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
2 GB of RAM
2 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0–capable system
Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.*

So you don't need much

an i5 4690k would be more than sufficient with an ASRock Z97 Extreme 4 per http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/mainstream-gaming-z...

8gb 1866 ram would be more than enough

Windows 7 or 8 (64 bit)

A Radeon Graphics card - for Open GL

Try - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gami...

but change to the cpu and mobo as above

and change the 780ti to a Sapphire R9 290 - to get in budget



Also some good suggestions.

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June 25, 2014 9:16:51 AM

smorizio said:
the quatro video card is a higher end then a gaming card. there made for video rendering. if you can wait a little bit. wait for the newer haswell-e cpu and the newer x99 mb and ddr-4 ram. the newer haswell-e and the server cpu for the x99 will have more cores and run on ddr-4 ram.the newer ram is faster then the older ddr-3 ram and lower power. also with more cpu cores your rig can do more work.


interesting advice. I'm not sure that I can wait so long for the newer gear. Unfortunately I need a new build sooner then later.

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June 25, 2014 9:19:13 AM

mprozycki said:
smorizio said:
the quatro video card is a higher end then a gaming card. there made for video rendering. if you can wait a little bit. wait for the newer haswell-e cpu and the newer x99 mb and ddr-4 ram. the newer haswell-e and the server cpu for the x99 will have more cores and run on ddr-4 ram.the newer ram is faster then the older ddr-3 ram and lower power. also with more cpu cores your rig can do more work.


shortstuff_mt said:
Here's a build that would be rock-solid for your intended use and budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($389.99 @ Memory Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Memory Express)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($229.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 250X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $1359.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


Lot's of good suggestions. I was wondering if you could answer a few questions shortstuff_mt. I wasn't sure about power supply. Aside from meeting certain amps, does the semi-modular power supply help in any way?

The other question is whether it matters that the MOBO is a different chipset such as a Z97 rather then a Z87? Is this just a newer gen. chipset or a higher caliber chipset? Thanks again for your suggestions.


The fact that the PSU is semi-modular just makes cable management inside the case easier.

The Z97 chipset is a newer chipset than Z87 that is designed to work well with the 4th generation Intel chips like the i7-4790K. The Z87 motherboards usually will work fine as well, but need a BIOS update to work with the latest chips. That will cause a problem if the motherboard ships with a BIOS version that isn't compatible with the CPU. Getting the latest chipset helps with that problem.
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June 26, 2014 3:22:38 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($314.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($157.58 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M95 Wired Laser Mouse ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1292.74
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