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Digital Photography Desktop. Photoshop, Lightroom

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October 25, 2010 10:24:55 PM

I use a 50 megs CR2 Raw files to edit on Lightroom. 100 megs TIFF 16 bit. Layering, liquify, clone, stamp, graduated filters, mask. I currently have a i5 720, gigabyte mother board, 6 gigs of OCZ, ati 5750, 550W PSU, win 7 64 bit, 1tb HD and its not fast enough. I have a 30" apple cinema display. Meaning its not slow, but I want speed. I noticed that the processor is not thinking all the time, so maybe fast memory and fast hard drive would make a difference, or maybe not. I know enough to build a computer but not too much to tell what I need.

Approximate Purchase Date: 5-15 days
Budget Range:( e.g.: 600-800)Before / After Rebates. $1599-$1999
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital photography, CS5 photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom. Office 2007, internet browsing, quickbooks, hamachi, UltraVNC services running at the same time.
Parts Not Required:Not required mouse, keyboard, monitor and Win 7 64 bit license.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: prefer
Country of Origin: California, US.
Parts Preferences: I prefer an Intel i7 930-960, a quadro fx 580 video card, ASUS, Gigabyte motherboard, Corsair powersupply.
Overclocking: Yes i will overclock at some point. water or air. i dont know
SLI or Crossfire: No, only 1 video card
Monitor Resolution: Whatever the 30" apple cinema runs.
Additional Comments: I prefer a fancy Lian LI aluminum case. Dont care about power consumption, If its possible to have 2 hard drives and mirror them. And I would like to boot with a small SSD hard drive. Or if you guys recomend 2 SSD then lets do it.
October 25, 2010 10:27:23 PM

Also, whats the fastest way to download compact flash and SDHC memory cards to the hard drive?
October 26, 2010 11:15:24 PM

I just assembled a system very similar to what you want to do.
The main drive is an Intel 80 Gb SSD that is only half full.
I relegate data and housekeeping files to a Sata 6.0 hard drive.
Boot up times and CS5 times are amazing. (Windows 7 Pro 64 bit)
It's really worthwhile.
There's not much need for over 6 Gb's of RAM unless you do 'movies'.
I back up my system and data on a USB 3.0 external HDD plus another internal HDD.
The motherboard is an ASUS Sabertooth X58.
Graphics card is an EVGA GTS 450 which gives CS5 help also.
October 26, 2010 11:16:43 PM

I say 6GB is definitely not enough for anything beyond basic photoshop work.