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Adobe Suite Workstation

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September 2, 2010 5:55:22 AM

I'm looking for a sanity check on a build for Adobe suite work. This includes Photoshop, After Effects, etc.

The idea was to stay around $1,000 for the box. The end user of this machine already has plenty of external storage. I think maybe the video card is a bit heavy but Adobe is going GPU accelerated with a lot of their suite these days so it could be a good future investment and having DX11 support is a plus. I am also in the habbit of recommending 32 bit (4GB Dual channel RAM) systems even for Win 7 just because the benefits don't seem to outweigh the hassle for now. Since it's been a long time since I've actually run a 64 bit system maybe someone can shed some light on the current situation for Photoshop users using the 64 bit version of the suite. Pros & Cons?

The newegg part numbers are listed below.

APEVIA X-ALIEN MX-ALIEN-BK/500 Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811144206
$99.99

ASUS P7P55D-E LX ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131634
$124.99

Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819115215
$194.99

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 100283L Video Card
Item #:N82E16814102858
$169.99

Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820220436
$99.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817371015
$79.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136284
$87.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #:N82E16832116756
$139.99
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September 2, 2010 3:19:28 PM

go for a samsung spinpoint f3 hdd, and i would have gone for an amd build like a phenom II x6 1055t as the two xtra cores would benefit, also i wouldnt go for such an expensive case on a build like this i would get an antec 300 case and try and use the extra cash and buy better components, oh i know at micro centre they were also selling the i7 930 for $199 but i dont know if its still on
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September 4, 2010 3:42:40 PM

^+1. Excellent build.

@OP: You WILL need an nVidia card in order to use GPU acceleration in CS5. Currently, only CUDA enabled cards are supported: http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/systemreqs/
(Note: Any CUDA enabled card will work, not just the ones listed for PS,etc. For Premiere Mercury playback you gotta hack in the card. See: http://blog.krama.tv/hacking-adobe-premiere-cs5-to-enab...).


Also, WTH are you still on 32 bit OS!!?!?! I run Win 7 x64 with Photoshop CS4/CS5, etc perfectly fine. If you have hardware (printers,etc) that won't work on x64 it's time to upgrade those parts.
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September 5, 2010 4:41:54 AM

Whoopsy daisy - missed the OS part hehe Ya no reason to limit RAM addressing to just 3.2x GB so unless u running XP Home 64bit all the way ^^
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