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November 28, 2009 2:04:00 AM

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=N82E168...

Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: RAM: 6GB (2 x 3GB) Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus P6 LGA 1366 INTEL X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: WD Raptor 150GB 10000 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card GeForce 7600GS 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 28, 2009 2:14:43 AM

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.
November 28, 2009 2:20:59 AM

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=N82E168...

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.
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November 28, 2009 6:46:07 PM

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
November 28, 2009 7:12:41 PM

Links are broken.

I would switch out the Dominators for this set like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How much storage space do you need exactly? Would a 60GB SSD be an option?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then consider switching the mobo for something cheaper such as this one or a P6T SE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you may be able to find a 4670 for cheaper.
November 28, 2009 7:17:13 PM

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.
November 28, 2009 7:20:58 PM

^+1 for the PSU, I skipped over that.
November 29, 2009 12:01:15 AM

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=N82E168...

Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

RAM: RAM: 6GB (2 x 3GB) Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 29, 2009 2:11:31 PM

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=N82E168...

Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 29, 2009 7:53:39 PM

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=N82E168...

Processor: CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (D0) socket 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...
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