High end photo editing

This is the system I have come up with. I'm photographer. I edit photographs, and want to do some animation. I also watch movies. Are there any thoughts about this system.

• Cooler Master SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Storm Sniper ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case (Black)

• Intel DX58SO Extreme Series X58 ATX Tri-Channel DDR3 16GB SLI
• or CrossFireX LGA1366 Overclocking Utility Desktop Board

Power supply
• UCP 1100W
• (RS-B00-AAAA-A3)
• Cooler Master Power supply

• Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooling
• The Corsair Cooling™ Hydro Series H50 CPU Cooler
• CWCH50
• High Performance CPU Cooler
• LGA775, LGA1366, LGA1156, AM2/AM3
• 2 Years

• Triple Channel Corsair DDR3 Memory for Intel Core i7 9xx series processors
• CMG6GX3M3A2000C8 * PC3-16000 6GB Kit 8-8-8-24 240pin DIMM
• ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 Graphics

Hard Drives
• WD VelociRaptor
3.5-inch SATA Hard Drives
300 GB, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16 MB Cache, 10,000 RPM

The evolution of 10,000 RPM SATA technology.
• The WD Raptor has evolved! PC enthusiasts' favorite 10,000 RPM SATA drive is now faster than ever.
• 2.5-inch
• 3.5-inch
• 3.5-inch
(SATA cable connect)

• 300 GB

• Model: WD3000GLFS

Additional Hard Drives
• WD Caviar Black
Desktop Hard Drives

• 1 TB, SATA 3 Gb/s, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM

Maximum performance for power computing.
• Power your PC with our top-of-the-line high-capacity drives.

• 2 TB 1 TB 750 GB 640 GB 500 GB

• Model: WD1001FALS

Memory card Reader
• Sony MRW620/U1/181 Internal 17 in 1 Memory Card Reader/Writer

• Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

• Microsoft Office

Ethernet Card on Mother Board

Sound Card on Mother Board

Blue tooth Card?

• Two DVD/CD Burners Multi-media


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  1. You could go SSD for your OS and programs say a 160 gig and use some WD blacks 2T as storage and scratch disk

    Your PSU looks over kill a good 750 will power that CPU / GPU and 7 HDD and OCing the CPU 30%

    I would do 12 gigs of ram for a system like this

    You could get a i7 920 and OC to 3.2 easy less you want a high clock speed without OCing
  2. Thanks, ssd is a little expense, but good point about the psu.
  3. I think that you are spending a lot of money on a 5870 that you will never use, but if you have the cash, I guess what the heck. If you want to play a new game at high resolution, you can do it. For your photography work though, it is about 5 times what you need. For animation, or 3D modeling, it would do okay.
    Yeah, the PSU is a little overkill as well.
  4. Case / PSU Combo:

    Antec 1200 / CP-850 if you think you'll ever use twin GFX cards - alternate HAF 932 / Corsair HX-850
    Antec 900 / Earthwatts 650 w/ one GFX card - alternate HAF 922 / Corsair TX-650
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129064 ($180)

    MoBo: I'm thinking USB 3 for photo peripherals gonna be important in 6 months or so.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614 ($300)

    CPU: i7 920
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202 ($289)

    CPU Cooling: Stock if not overclocking, if overclocking
    For performance and ease of installation, the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria. Here's what I'm putting in new builds Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWMfans (make sure ya MoBo can handle the fan wattage). ($95 for the HS, TIM. two PWM fans and a Y cable splitter))


    GFX Cards: 5870 is great gaming card....for PhotoShop, no need to spend more than the 250 GTS w/ 1 GB at most


    Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
    Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

    $50 - HD 4650
    $65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
    $85 - 9600 GT
    $95 - 9800 GT / HD 4830
    $110 - GTS 250 512 MB
    $120 - GTS 250 1 GB
    $155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
    $200 - HD 4890
    $240 - 2 x GTS 250
    $310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
    $330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
    $400 - 2 x HD 4890
    $410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
    $465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
    $625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)

    Memory: I'd start witha 3 x 2GB set, photoshop like fast memory. DR1600 for it's OC ability, no need to go higher unless you looking for 5 Ghz +. Lowest CAS # you can afford, best right now is Mushkin 998692's w/ the Ascent coolers if you can find them. The sister modules (998691) w/o the co0lers are on newegg for $245

    Cheapest CAS 7's are about $189
    Cheapest CAS 8's are about $129

    HD's: Raptors have gone off into the sunset. Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):


    Card Reader: My son is minoring in photography in college, seems the kids like this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820176016 ($35)

    Opticals: Gotta figure Blue Ray in the picture given what you're doing
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