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July 9, 2009 7:15:43 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 7/13/2009 11:00:00 AM
when my case coming available on newegg :
LIAN LI PC-V1200Aplus II Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

BUDGET RANGE: around $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop Editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 and compatible parts

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 /, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC and other accesories for photoshop editing

Newegg wishlist :
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Parts:
LIAN LI PC-V1200Aplus II Silver Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler Socket 1366 Ready - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

nMEDIAPC ZE-C138 Silver Aluminum Panel 5.25"All-in-one USB X 3 / IEEE 1394 / eSATA / HD (or AC97) Audio Internal Card Reader - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1280-TR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NEC Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PLEXTOR 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model PX-850SA - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I need a SATA HDD front mounting rack if I can find that in silver/aluminium color matching my case

please feel free to advice
thanks
J
July 9, 2009 7:29:17 AM

If the PC is primarily for Photoshop, you don't need a GTX280. A GTX250 (or even less) will be perfectly adequate. Spend the difference on more hard drive space.
July 9, 2009 8:10:31 AM

The choice of components are pretty good...but I would suggest few changes...

1. CASE -
COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 RC-840-SSN1-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
- It is as good/ better than that case as this one is a full tower, hence more space and is cheaper than that case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this one...
SILVERSTONE TJ09-SW Silver Aluminum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

SILVERSTONE FT01-SW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But even that Lian-Li is very good...So it would come down to your personal preference...I have just given additional choices...

2. CPU Cooler - Change to this CPU cooler - Has similar performance of that Vigour cooler...
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Mobo - For your requirements, even P6T would be suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. RAM - If am not wrong, CS4 takes advantage of RAM, more than 4GB...And having more RAM would help very much...So with the money saved on the CASE, mobo invest in 12GB RAM..
OCZ Platinum 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Graphics card - Drop to the GTX 275...It would be as good as the GTX 280 and would be more efficient and give out less heat...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. PSU - You wont need 750W for your setup...
Drop to this one...
Corsair 550VX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 9, 2009 8:11:11 AM

and +1 for the HDD,...
July 9, 2009 3:00:46 PM

I use Photoshop CS4 also. You definitely want 12GB of RAM, and it's so cheap, now is the time to buy. I would definitely get a second hard drive. You don't necessarily have to RAID 'em; you just want Windows and Photoshop on one drive, and your PSDs on your second drive that you'll also set up as your scratch disk. You may never hit the scratch disk with 12GB in 2009, but within 2 years I bet it's necessary. For video, an EVGA GTX 260 is more than enough, and at $154.99 after MIR at the Egg you can't beat it. You can always SLI a second one later if needed. The Corsair 750TX is only $79 with MIR right now, go for it. gkay is correct, you don't need that much now, but you may expand your system, so why not have the power available? If you OC and add blu-ray and SLI a second card in the future, you'll want the juice. BTW, if you do OC later, you'll need a better cooler, the stock cooler with the i7 won't cut it.

Have fun! I build mine this weekend, scary and fun!
July 9, 2009 3:42:29 PM

thanks a lot for the comments boys, let more thoughts pour in from your minds..........
Case - most of the time thats personal preference...
RAM - I sure will go for 12 GB
HDD - I have couple of them sleeping at home, I will wake them up once other family members arrive...
Video - SLI is not a bad idea with a little inexpensive cards.


I can use more thoughts on the CPU Heat Sink/cooler - I want to make it quieter.......

waiting for more replies.................
July 9, 2009 4:53:55 PM

gkay09 said:
The choice of components are pretty good...but I would suggest few changes...

1. CASE -
COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 RC-840-SSN1-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
- It is as good/ better than that case as this one is a full tower, hence more space and is cheaper than that case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this one...
SILVERSTONE TJ09-SW Silver Aluminum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

SILVERSTONE FT01-SW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But even that Lian-Li is very good...So it would come down to your personal preference...I have just given additional choices...

2. CPU Cooler - Change to this CPU cooler - Has similar performance of that Vigour cooler...
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Mobo - For your requirements, even P6T would be suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. RAM - If am not wrong, CS4 takes advantage of RAM, more than 4GB...And having more RAM would help very much...So with the money saved on the CASE, mobo invest in 12GB RAM..
OCZ Platinum 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. Graphics card - Drop to the GTX 275...It would be as good as the GTX 280 and would be more efficient and give out less heat...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. PSU - You wont need 750W for your setup...
Drop to this one...
Corsair 550VX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+1 solid build. ASSUMING OP will be using 64bit OS AND CS4 64bit then yes, absolutely go with 8GB or more.

However, note that when you add more than 4GB RAM, it is usually recommended you reduce pagefile to 4GB (or disable it completely, but for a Photo editing build this is not recommended). Letting Windows adjust pagefile will leave you with ~12GB pagefile. This wastes HDD space and your RAM will not be used that much (lol, you have 12GB RAM). By reducing pagefile you fan force Windows to load more things in to RAM and thus resulting in better responsiveness for programs.
July 9, 2009 5:01:14 PM

As far as coolers goes the Zerotherm ones have a reputation for being quiet. At any rate, if you trully want quietness replace your stock case fans with Yate Loon fans.
I use these: http://www.petrastechshop.com/12yalod1cafa1.html
It's a pity Newegg doesn't sell these fans.
Good airflow and very silent. Most of the Water cooling people use these fans due to the quietness and the good air flow. The Scythe "Slipstream" fans are also very good.

Quote:
Video - SLI is not a bad idea with a little inexpensive cards.

Not a good idea to do it with most "cheap" cards such as 8600GT/9500GT. A single mid-high end card will beat cheap cards in SLI.

Again, for CS4/photo editing you won't need any thing above a 4650/4670. If you want quietness, I highly recommend you look in to passively cooled cards or the "IceQ" cards.
July 9, 2009 5:55:21 PM

Shadow703793 said:
However, note that when you add more than 4GB RAM, it is usually recommended you reduce pagefile to 4GB (or disable it completely, but for a Photo editing build this is not recommended). Letting Windows adjust pagefile will leave you with ~12GB pagefile. This wastes HDD space and your RAM will not be used that much (lol, you have 12GB RAM). By reducing pagefile you fan force Windows to load more things in to RAM and thus resulting in better responsiveness for programs.


Shadow, great tip. Thanks!
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