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Digital Photographer seeks advice on system build...links added-sorry!

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February 7, 2010 4:46:59 AM

My primary use for this computer will be for photo editing. I shoot (2) 12 megapixel cameras in raw format. I will primarily be using lightroom, CS3(eventually CS4), and photomechanic. I might do some basic web browsing and manage my music files as well:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime in the next week.

BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$2500 Before Rebates

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have a 24" Dell Ultrasharp(1920X1200), Saitek Keyboard, Logitech G9 Laser Mouse and a cheap 2.1 harmon kardon speaker system already. I have several external HD's that I backup my files to, so I see no reason for a raid. Would consider Acronis for backing up my OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

So far with some guidance from some friends, I have come up with :

Case and Power Supply - Combo Deal $285
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Processor $289
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - $340 (would probably consider P6T - $290 as well)
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $320 - $340 (have considered the 3 below) 12 gigs total
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...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/CD Rewritable - $28
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Data drive 1 or 2 - $100ea.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS Drive - $300
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Windows 7 for sure...not sure which version to get
Pro - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ultimate - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - I am totally stymied by this one! I would really like some suggestions that will nicely compliment this system.

Thanks Much!!! Toms Hardware Rules!!
February 7, 2010 5:51:30 AM

With your $2500 budget and the kind of work you do (multi core intensive) don't focus this build the CPU. Focus on CPUs - dual CPUs on the motherboard.

I also do much photoediting (10 MP camera) and am now starting HD video eidting. If I had your budget I would look at dual Xeon systems.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1004&m...

February 7, 2010 4:50:19 PM

Your build is WAY overkill for your needs, but atleast your future proof.

I shoot with a Canon REbel XS 10.1 MP always using Raw. Im looking to get the 7D soon.

I use a Dual core e3200 OC to 3.6 with 4G ram CS4, lightroom, portaiture, and others, effects/filters only take a few seconds to complete.

I wish I woulda new more about cameras before I bought my first SLR, I woulda save and bought a better one if I knew a little more at the time and realized how much I would use it.

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February 7, 2010 4:56:04 PM

thanks for the responses...I feel pretty confident about most of my choices, but I am lost still when it comes to video cards!
February 10, 2010 3:33:40 AM

anybody got any input??
February 10, 2010 7:44:55 PM

1. The i5-750 would run very well for you and save some money, but would limit you to 8GB of ram.
2. Just about any video card would work for you. I would suggest looking at a site such as newegg, browsing some of the basic models and looking for some with good feedback from previous customers. Somewhere between $50 and $100 would be a good range for this. You can buy much more expensive cards but they won't help you unless you like to play games, and they will add more heat and noise to your system.
3. I would suggest spending more money on your storage system. At least have multiple drives in a RAID setup for added security.
4. If you aren't running multiple gamer video cards you don't need nearly this much power supply. You could cut that down a lot.
February 11, 2010 3:40:17 PM

thanks Cadder....anyone else?
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