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First time build for photoshop - Q6600

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July 17, 2007 8:57:25 PM

I will be doing my first ever build after 7/22.

This machine will be primarily a photoshop and video editing machine. Thus it will need lots of hard drive space, IEEE 1394 ports, and lots of memory. I may experiment with overclocking, but that is not a necessity.

Due to the location of it, it will also need to be quiet and have minimal external wires.

I plan to buy the Dell 2407WFP-HC 24" monitor. Also the Logitech MX3200 cordless desktop.

CPU: Q6600
CPU cooler: Scythe SCNJ-1100P 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: 3 Gb total. CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 and CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X1024-6400C4
Case: Antec Solo
Hard Drives: 3 of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply
Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-NX76G256D-RH GeForce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Silent Pipe Lead Free Video Card
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
OS: Vista Premium 32 Bit OEM
DVD Writer: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA


What do you think of this build for my purposes?

Are there smaller cpu coolers that I can use that will still be quiet?

I chose the motherboard because it is P35 chipset with IEEE 1394 ports front and back and enough SATA ports to handle my current needs with room to expand.
July 17, 2007 10:32:23 PM

You won't need the CPU cooler and thermal compound if you get a retail CPU rather than OEM, which you should given you'll get a much better warranty and you don't save that much, in fact like to cost you more if you get an OEM factoring in the HSF. The HSF will have thermal compound with the Retail CPU, which unless you're into serious overclocking will work fine.

Depending on your budget you could save a bit with the Antec Sonata III that comes with a 500w PSU, which again should work fine Have a couple of SonataIIs and very quiet and easy to work with. I would also get a smaller hdd for the OS and programs, e.g., an 80GB Seagate with perpendicular technology. This way when something goes wrong with Windows you don't have to worry about your data and the cost is about $45.
July 17, 2007 11:11:07 PM

i would say get vista 64 bit and use 4GB of ram, that way 1GB per core, or get a server board and get 8GB of ram...what kind of budget do you have?
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July 17, 2007 11:42:14 PM

Looks good as it is. One possible change, get two 2gb kits of the corsair memory. They are now $86 after rebate. With a 32 bit os, you will only see about 3.4gb, but that is better than 3.0. Consider vista-64 if your software will run on it to get the full 4gb. The scythe will fit a SOLO case nicely, mine does. The SOLO will be just about the quietest you can get. The scythe heat sink will be quieter than the stock cooler, and will cool better.
---good luck---
July 18, 2007 11:29:47 AM

Looks a lot like what I completed a couple of weeks ago. Below is my new system with the following specs:

  • Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6...probably should have been the DS3P
  • CPU - Intel e6600
  • Memory - Corsair 2x4096 -64005DHX, 4Gb
  • Power Supply - Corsair 520HX
  • Hard Drives - 2x 500Gb Seagate 7200.10, SATA was $279 with another $40 rebate
  • DVD Drive - LiteOn LH-20A1L-06
  • Video Card - Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT DirectX 10...figured I'd go with the new
  • Case - LianLi PC-6070A Plus
  • Operating System - Vista Ultimate OEM, 32 bit

    As for what the system shows. It is reporting that I have 3.58Gb of memory which isn't bad...I expected closer to 3.1 or 3.2Gb. Vista also reports my system as 5.1 on the Windows Experience Index...much better than the 1.0 I received prior to installing the nVidia drivers. The slowest point was the CPU at 5.1...the memory was a 5.8, video 5.9 and hard disk 5.6.

    I am using Photoshop CS3 and it is a marked improvement over CS2. The system above cost me a total of $1,600...not too bad. Now that it has been working for a few weeks I am doing a little research to possibly tinker a little with Overclock settings.

    Good luck, Tim
    July 18, 2007 12:39:08 PM

    Anyone tried CS3 in Vista 64bit?

    I'm going to get the Production Premium and CS3 Dreamweaver (seperate) - Hopefully it will be stable enough

    For a Dell Monitor - I have this one and it's been really good for the year I've owned it. 6ms on the refresh rate 24in - $609.00

    http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=111707... &Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|84|1680&N=4018491&Mo=9&No=2&Nr=P_Cat alogName:BC&cat=62021&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C& amp;topnav=

    July 18, 2007 1:47:18 PM

    rdavis01 said:
    I will be doing my first ever build after 7/22.

    This machine will be primarily a photoshop and video editing machine. Thus it will need lots of hard drive space, IEEE 1394 ports, and lots of memory. I may experiment with overclocking, but that is not a necessity.

    Due to the location of it, it will also need to be quiet and have minimal external wires.

    I plan to buy the Dell 2407WFP-HC 24" monitor. Also the Logitech MX3200 cordless desktop.

    CPU: Q6600
    CPU cooler: Scythe SCNJ-1100P 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Memory: 3 Gb total. CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400C4 and CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X1024-6400C4
    Case: Antec Solo
    Hard Drives: 3 of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply
    Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-NX76G256D-RH GeForce 7600GS 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Silent Pipe Lead Free Video Card
    Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
    OS: Vista Premium 32 Bit OEM
    DVD Writer: SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write, LightScribe Technology Black SATA


    What do you think of this build for my purposes?

    Are there smaller cpu coolers that I can use that will still be quiet?

    I chose the motherboard because it is P35 chipset with IEEE 1394 ports front and back and enough SATA ports to handle my current needs with room to expand.




    If you go with a 64 bit OS I would get 2 gig Ram sticks (photoshop loves lots of ram)here are som links to some Corsair ram that will work in the MB you picked

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


    http:// www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014518...

    Hope this helps
    July 18, 2007 2:59:38 PM

    You may want to get a mac pro with dual dual-core but they use FB-dimms but the next exon chip will drop that and let you use ECC DDR2 ram.
    July 18, 2007 3:29:08 PM

    darkangelism said:
    i would say get vista 64 bit and use 4GB of ram, that way 1GB per core, or get a server board and get 8GB of ram...what kind of budget do you have?


    I'm not getting 64 bit Vista because I would like to ensure as much compatibility with drivers and programs as possible. I forgot to mention that although this machine is being optimized for Photoshop and video editing use, it will also be a general use PC for the entire family.
    July 18, 2007 3:30:51 PM

    geofelt said:
    The scythe will fit a SOLO case nicely, mine does. The SOLO will be just about the quietest you can get. The scythe heat sink will be quieter than the stock cooler, and will cool better.
    ---good luck---



    Thanks for all the info. Glad to have confirmation that the scythe will fit in the Solo case.
    July 18, 2007 3:32:35 PM

    jeditim said:
    As for what the system shows. It is reporting that I have 3.58Gb of memory which isn't bad...I expected closer to 3.1 or 3.2Gb. Vista also reports my system as 5.1 on the Windows Experience Index...much better than the 1.0 I received prior to installing the nVidia drivers. The slowest point was the CPU at 5.1...the memory was a 5.8, video 5.9 and hard disk 5.6.

    I am using Photoshop CS3 and it is a marked improvement over CS2. The system above cost me a total of $1,600...not too bad. Now that it has been working for a few weeks I am doing a little research to possibly tinker a little with Overclock settings.

    Good luck, Tim


    Great information. Knowing that you see 3.58 Gb of memory is enough of a difference to make me decide to get 4Gb of memory. I'll do that for sure.

    You say that Photoshop CS3 is a marked improvement over CS2. What do you mean by that?
    July 18, 2007 6:20:28 PM

    rdavis01 said:
    Great information. Knowing that you see 3.58 Gb of memory is enough of a difference to make me decide to get 4Gb of memory. I'll do that for sure.

    You say that Photoshop CS3 is a marked improvement over CS2. What do you mean by that?


    One of the biggest imptovements and worth the price alone is the improvement to Bridge. I always use bridge to view my photos, delete obvious mistakes, batch rename and launch the file into Photoshop. Under CS2 this was painful at best with slow upload times and overall poor handling.

    Under CS3 this interface is so improved that I actually enjoy using it. I still am using PS Elements for cataloging my pictures as I like the interface and it is easier for my wife to find any picture...not exactly the most computer literate.

    As for Photoshop itself...the layout has been improved with more real estate devote to the piture versus buttons. The speed of PS has also improve but that could also be the result of the new computer.

    The upgrade price for CS3 in my opinion was worth it...not to mention Adobe has state they are not supporting CS2 under Vista...even though it does work.
    Tim
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