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January 30, 2008 2:57:11 AM

I'm going to build a new computer which I have not done for a few year and am wondering what processor is recommended for mostly Photoshop work? I am not a gamer so do not take gaming into consideration.

So far my 1st choice for a processor is the Intel E8400. I'm wondering if I would be better off to go with a Q6600 instead.

If you have any thoughts about a processor suggestions and comments are welcomed.

MorrieC
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January 30, 2008 3:24:25 AM

Q6600. Photoshop is a CPU intensive program that can take advantage of the two extra cores.
January 30, 2008 3:32:44 AM

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Q6600. Photoshop is a CPU intensive program that can take advantage of the two extra cores.
true that.
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January 30, 2008 4:08:13 AM

quad set too 3.6ghz
and a good video card 8800GTX or workstation

i have customer who is running 2, $7000 pc's, a year old and 2 years old and the difference is huge with a dual core with crossfire x1900 vs the quad core @3.6ghz with 8800GTX sli.

i assume its the quad and not the raid but the raid is much faster in the newer system

the second system has a supper fast dual raid (raptor mobo raid0) with a raid5 (8 drives) - the raid5 is triple the speed the onbaord raid0 in the first system.

he does graphics work - its the cpu

i should have him check too see if its the drives or what makes such a difference - below is the system he uses the guts shown
January 30, 2008 4:48:16 AM

dragonsprayer said:
quad set too 3.6ghz
and a good video card 8800GTX or workstation


He's photoshopping, not gaming.



Yes, the Q6600 will be fully utilized in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and other Adobe (and other professional) applications that can take advantage of all 4 cores.

If you're on a budget, something like this is all you really need for photoshop:

$255 - Q6600 (oem from clubIT - G0 stepping)
$21 - Freezer Pro 7 (CPU cooler)
$70+ - 4gb DDR2-800 ram (photoshop loves memory)
$70+ - Nvidia 8600gt or ATi 2600xt
$95 - Gigabyte P35 motherboard
$120 - 2 x 250gb 7200rpm hard disks (1 for windows, 1 for editing)
$30 - DVD / CD burner
$35+ - case with 120mm intake and 120mm exhaust fans
$40+ - decent power supply
January 30, 2008 10:36:40 AM

Noya said:
He's photoshopping, not gaming.



Yes, the Q6600 will be fully utilized in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and other Adobe (and other professional) applications that can take advantage of all 4 cores.

If you're on a budget, something like this is all you really need for photoshop:

$255 - Q6600 (oem from clubIT - G0 stepping)
$21 - Freezer Pro 7 (CPU cooler)
$70+ - 4gb DDR2-800 ram (photoshop loves memory)
$70+ - Nvidia 8600gt or ATi 2600xt
$95 - Gigabyte P35 motherboard
$120 - 2 x 250gb 7200rpm hard disks (1 for windows, 1 for editing)
$30 - DVD / CD burner
$35+ - case with 120mm intake and 120mm exhaust fans
$40+ - decent power supply




Thanks for the info.

This is almost the same system except for processor that I was considering building. Good info provided about the a Q6600 and Video Card.

About the HD's I was planning on a dedicated drive for windows and another dedicated drive for programs + 2- 750gb drives for photo storage. One 750 drive the working drive and the second 750 drive as a backup. Any suggestions about this drive configuration?

Thanks
MorrieC
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January 30, 2008 10:43:49 AM

I should take the advice of everyone here!
Quad-core,
Lots of fast RAM,
quick hard drive(s) with a big cache/buffer (32MB) and if you can afford it, have a RAID config.
A mid-range graphics card should do fine.
January 30, 2008 11:01:39 AM

Save on the box by getting a Q6600, and get yourself a bigger monitor (or 2)
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January 30, 2008 11:16:10 AM

Yep, Photoshop will make use of all the CPU's, or CPU cores you can throw at it. It will use as many cores or cpu's that are available to render an image. Lots of memory and a fast drive does not hurt either. You don't need much of a video card for photoshop, any lower mid-range card by todays standards is fine, and probably even still overkill.
You definetly DO NOT need a 8800GTX as someone suggested. 3D accelerated cards are useless for Photoshop.
January 30, 2008 11:20:17 AM

you may conside the pro video card such as fire gl or fire mv series(ati)
nvidia (quardo series).
January 30, 2008 12:38:39 PM

The processor speed allows the actual computationally intensive parts of photoshop to work faster.

The fast drives will allow your system to access the scratch memory (on the drives) much quicker to allow the system to keep working faster. RAID is usually available on most motherboards built-in, but does provide a big boost to the read/write speed.

The memory allows for larger files to be manipulated and bigger chunks to be handled at a time by the processor...

Video Cards, although normally for games, DO help photoshop process things faster, since video cards are efficient at graphics processing and photoshop takes advantage of the cards. My 3850 cost 180 but helps a LOT with processing in CS3... plus the visuals are all much smoother.

SO... you really want to combine these ALL to get the best photoshop performance.


PS - Yes it does take advantage of the video cards...
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January 30, 2008 1:21:18 PM

I'm not denying that CS3 utilises the GPU, but I can't see that the screenshot proves it!...
January 30, 2008 1:28:51 PM

ooo, ooo, my turn.

Yes, I would go with a quad core. You do not need an expensive graphics card but if you plan on using a 30" monitor you need to find a card with Dual Link support. Also the best bet for disk performance would be to put the OS on a RAID 0 and then have a 3rd drive for the scratch disk/page file disk. With the price of 250GB drives this can be done for just at 200$. As usual the more memory the merrier but remember you have to be running a 64 bit OS to see/use over 4 GB.
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January 30, 2008 1:34:47 PM

You need 64bit to see over 3.2 GB
January 31, 2008 4:48:47 AM

Noya said:
He's photoshopping, not gaming.



Yes, the Q6600 will be fully utilized in Photoshop, Premiere Pro and other Adobe (and other professional) applications that can take advantage of all 4 cores.

If you're on a budget, something like this is all you really need for photoshop:

$255 - Q6600 (oem from clubIT - G0 stepping)
$21 - Freezer Pro 7 (CPU cooler)
$70+ - 4gb DDR2-800 ram (photoshop loves memory)
$70+ - Nvidia 8600gt or ATi 2600xt
$95 - Gigabyte P35 motherboard
$120 - 2 x 250gb 7200rpm hard disks (1 for windows, 1 for editing)
$30 - DVD / CD burner
$35+ - case with 120mm intake and 120mm exhaust fans
$40+ - decent power supply



i am not sure if its the raid or cpu or gpu

but i am sure the quad cpu is alot better - for graphics they use multicore


MANY GRAPHICS PROGRAMS ARE MULTI THREADING!

best gaming cpu is an E8000 series
January 31, 2008 5:21:56 AM

MorrieC said:
Thanks for the info.

This is almost the same system except for processor that I was considering building. Good info provided about the a Q6600 and Video Card.

About the HD's I was planning on a dedicated drive for windows and another dedicated drive for programs + 2- 750gb drives for photo storage. One 750 drive the working drive and the second 750 drive as a backup. Any suggestions about this drive configuration?

Thanks
MorrieC
Make the backup a hot swappable external drive. It seems a little safer that way.
January 31, 2008 9:54:31 AM

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Well a tesla (8800 GPU that does math) would be nice


How many programs actually take advantage of the GPUs yet?


Folding@ does...

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