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I am looking to build a Photoshop Powerhouse. Right now I have a external box with 2 1TB HDs for backups, but would like to move them into the new case. I also have a drive to use for a scratch disk. So I would be running 4 HDs. I have tried to do the research and I think I have come up with a system that will work great for me.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: NOW

BUDGET: Between $1,500 and $2,000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Lightroom, Internet, email

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel I7

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (slight, must be stable)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably Not (I dont think I need this for Photoshop?)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

Here is what I have come up with. Please feel free to let me know what you think! Thanks in advance.


Case: Computer Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058&Tpk=Antec%20Nine%20Hundred%20Two

Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202&cm_re=Intel_Core_i7_920-_-19-115-202-_-Product

Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037

RAM: RAM: 6GB (2 x 3GB) Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224&cm_re=Corsair_DOMINATOR_DDR3_6gb-_-20-145-224-_-Product

Motherboard: Asus P6 LGA 1366 INTEL X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

Hard Drive: WD Raptor 150GB 10000 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136296&cm_re=WD_velociRaptor_10000_RPM-_-22-136-296-_-Product

Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758&Tpk=Microsoft%20Windows%207%20Pro%2064-bit%201-Pack%20for%20System

Video Card GeForce 7600GS 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143069&cm_re=GeForce_7600GS-_-14-143-069-_-Product
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  1. First thing I see wrong is you need a different video card. No new motherboards handle AGP. You need PCIe or PCI Express. Photoshop relies more on CPU than GPU, so you don't need a high end card. A Nvidia 9600GT is about the highest you need to go. Also, check the WD Black models. From what I've seen, they perform as well as the Raptors, but give you more storage for the money.
  2. Yes yes yes. I just noticed that and came back to correct it. Thank you. How about I add this instead?

    MSI N9600GT-MD1G GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127434&cm_re=A_Nvidia_9600GT-_-14-127-434-_-Product

    I did check into the WD Black models. I am a professional photographer and this computer will pretty much only run photoshop and lightroom, so I don't need anymore storage for a main drive. I will still consider it.
  3. Ok, so this is what I have so far. Anybody else care to comment or make a suggestion?


    Case: Computer Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] dred%20Two

    Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

    Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065

    Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817171037

    RAM: RAM: 6GB (2 x 3GB) Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

    Motherboard: Asus P6 LGA 1366 INTEL X58
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131359

    Hard Drive: WD Raptor 150GB 10000 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

    Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106334

    Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] r%20System

    Video Card: MSI N9600GT-MD1G GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
  4. Links are broken.

    I would switch out the Dominators for this set like this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231230

    How much storage space do you need exactly? Would a 60GB SSD be an option?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227394&cm_re=ocz_vertex-_-20-227-394-_-Product

    Then consider switching the mobo for something cheaper such as this one or a P6T SE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163

    Also, you may be able to find a 4670 for cheaper.
  5. Get a Spinpoint f3 500gb, its only $54 and its faster than that Raptor. Check out the toms storage charts. No need for a 700w PSU and not a CM. Get probably a 550w Corsair. I'm not positive about the video card issue, but that one is not designed for 1080, its a low end outdated card.
  6. ^+1 for the PSU, I skipped over that.
  7. Updated: I have taken some of your advice and updated my system. I stuck with the 6gb of Corsair Dominator DDR3 because of the triple channel memory controller. I also do not want to go with a SSD yet. I would like to see more long term testing on these and let the price come down some. I don't know what video card to use. I am not a gamer. I run a 24" monitor at 1920x1200. Any more suggestions?

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058&Tpk=Antec%20Nine%20Hundred%20Two

    Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202&cm_re=Intel_Core_i7_920-_-19-115-202-_-Product

    Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
    Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550w%20Corsair

    RAM: RAM: 6GB (2 x 3GB) Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224&cm_re=Corsair_DOMINATOR_DDR3_6gb-_-20-145-224-_-Product

    Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163

    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=Spinpoint%20f3%20500gb

    Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758&Tpk=Microsoft%20Windows%207%20Pro%2064-bit%201-Pack%20for%20System
  8. Great advice. Here is the updated list. This setup is only $1037 with rebates, but doesn't include a sound card. Please suggest one!


    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058&Tpk=Antec%20Nine%20Hundred%20Two

    Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202&cm_re=Intel_Core_i7_920-_-19-115-202-_-Product

    Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
    Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550w%20Corsair

    RAM: RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365&cm_re=ocz_6gb-_-20-227-365-_-Product

    Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163

    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=Spinpoint%20f3%20500gb

    Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758&Tpk=Microsoft%20Windows%207%20Pro%2064-bit%201-Pack%20for%20System
  9. the4gotn1 said:
    Great advice. Here is the updated list. This setup is only $1037 with rebates, but doesn't include a sound card. Please suggest one!


    Do you mean video card? You shouldn't need a separate sound card. I'd just get a 4670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150450&cm_re=hd_4670-_-14-150-450-_-Product
  10. Yes you are correct, I meant video card. I actually found the DDR3 version of that card and added it. Any other suggestions?


    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058&Tpk=Antec%20Nine%20Hundred%20Two

    Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202&cm_re=Intel_Core_i7_920-_-19-115-202-_-Product

    Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
    Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550w%20Corsair

    RAM: RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365&cm_re=ocz_6gb-_-20-227-365-_-Product

    Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163

    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=Spinpoint%20f3%20500gb

    Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758&Tpk=Microsoft%20Windows%207%20Pro%2064-bit%201-Pack%20for%20System

    Video Card: XFX HD-467X-DDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150449&cm_re=Radeon_HD_4670_1GB_DDR3-_-14-150-449-_-Product
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