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December 5, 2009 5:02:35 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month
BUDGET RANGE: around 1.500 Euro's

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: RAW photo-editing (Lightroom, Caputre NX, excel, word and internet)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: the Netherlands, http://www.4launch.nl

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe. Not sure it is necessary for applications I use.

I am not sure yet about the GPU, because I will not do 3d modelling, so maybe I should go for a more mainstream card? These are the components I have so far. Any input on this build is greatly appreciated.

Asus P6T iX58, SATA2 RAID, 8CH
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Cooler Master Big Tower HAF 932 No PSU
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 4.8GT/s Box
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Cooler Master Processor Koeler Hyper 212 Plus AMD & Intel
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Cooler Master Voeding Silent Pro M 700W Modular
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

OCZ 3x2GB DDR3 PC12800 CL7.0 Platinum
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Samsung 500GB SATA300 16MB, HD502HJ for OS and applications
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Western Digital 1TB SATA300 32MB, WD1001FALS for data
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

LG DVD-/+/RAM GH22NS40/AUAA50B 22x/22x/16x
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

HP Videokaart PCI-e Quadro FX580 512MB 1x DVI, 2x DP
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
http://www.4launch.nl/shop/winkelwagen/25474#p-4-produc...

Cheers.
December 5, 2009 8:43:09 PM

Most of it looks good. I would certainly go with a regular/mainstream video card - at least the 9800GT.

You can use slower ram - DDR3-1333 unless you want to do some extremely high overclocking.

Something to think about, however, is that most of Lightroom and other photo editing apps still aren't very well-threaded which means they use 1-2 cores for most tasks. With that said, an i7 860 with its higher speed and higher Turbo boost might work a bit better. Plus, its cheaper and the motherboards ar generally cheaper. And they should overclock better since they use far less power to begin with.

You didn't list Photoshop but if you did, I would say to load up on ram.
December 6, 2009 12:43:20 AM

I say go INTEL and go ATI
Go for new i5 or i7 920
Go for ATI 4870 or 4890
Get at least 4gb of ram
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December 6, 2009 6:41:45 AM

Thanks, but wouldn’t future releases of Lightroom and Capture NX not utilize more of the ability of the CPU?

I have selected the RAM based on a test for overclocking ability, but maybe I should go for a lower one, although I think 6mb (which I selected) should be enough for now. Not using Photoshop a lot now.

Isn’t it smart to go for the 5xxx series because they do support directx11?
December 6, 2009 11:59:01 AM

R12 said:
Thanks, but wouldn’t future releases of Lightroom and Capture NX not utilize more of the ability of the CPU?

I have selected the RAM based on a test for overclocking ability, but maybe I should go for a lower one, although I think 6mb (which I selected) should be enough for now. Not using Photoshop a lot now.

Isn’t it smart to go for the 5xxx series because they do support directx11?


Well the 5xxx does support DX11, though I think the implementation on apps such as Adobe Premiere would rather use CUDA or Stream (which bypasses the whole DX layer). Also DX is used more for games rather than actual processing.
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