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November 24, 2010 8:27:44 PM

Hi guys,

Wondering if the awesome community here would be interested in giving me a few pointers for the following build.

Budget Range: 1300 - 1500 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
- CS5 (photoshop, aftereffects, premiere, illustrator)
- Adobe Lightroom for photography (working with RAW files)
- some 3D apps
- finally some good ol' gaming.

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
- NCIX.com, newegg.ca

Country of Origin:
Canada

Parts Preferences: I'm thinking AMD has the 6 cores, and it's a good price point. The intel would be good for performance, but I just don't have that kind of money.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No. Not at the moment.

Monitor Resolution: 1900 for one, 1440 for the other. Will up when I get bigger monitors.

Additional Comments:
I would like a quiet-ish PC, somewhat future proof.

Here's what I have right now:
Video Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Fermi 720MHZ 1024MB 3.6GHZ GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card
(01G-P3-1370-TR)
$209.99 (promo right now)

Processor (CPU)
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 6 Core Processor 3.2GHZ Socket AM3 Retail Box
(HDT90ZFBGRBOX)
$239.99 (promo right now)

Hard Drives
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB 1000GB Hard Drive SATA2 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN OEM
(0F10383)
2x$55.99 = $111.98

Solid State Drives - SSD
Corsair Force Series 40GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Sandforce *3 Year MFR Wrty*
(CSSD-F40GB2) $108.00

CPU Cooling
(STOCK-COOLER)

Motherboard
ASUS M4A89GTD Pro AM3 DDR3 AMD 890GX ATX 2PCI-E16 PCI-E1 PCI-E4 2PCI VGA DVI Motherboard
(M4A89GTD PRO)
$152.95

DDR3 Memory (RAM)
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1333LV12G 12GB DDR3 3X4GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-20 1.65V Triple Channel Memory Kit
(OCZ3G1333LV12GK)
$219.99 (promo price)

Computer Case
Coolermaster Sileo 500 Mid Tower ATX Case 5X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT W/ 500W PSU
(RC-500-KKR3-GP)
$129.99

Power Supply
Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W Modular Power Supply SLI ATX12V 24PIN Active PFC 2X8PIN PCI-E 135mm Fan
(RS700-AMBAD3)
$119.99

Mouse
Logitech LX3 Optical Mouse 1000DPI USB PS/2
(931622-0215)
$33.11

Total: Around $1,375
November 24, 2010 10:21:42 PM

With a $1500 upset limit on the budget, I'd do a i7 build for CS5. I don't see where it would cost ya that much more money. The MoBo / CPU / RAM combo below is just $30 more than in your AMD build.

$474 Asus Sabertooth w/ i7-950 ($80 more than your choices)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

$169 CAS 9 DDR301600 Same specs but saves $50

Other considerations, mainly that 500 watts doesn't allow for "future proofing":

Consider alternate Case / PSU combos

$150 Antec P183 (Extremely quiet Case)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

$140 Antec CP-850 (Extremely quiet PSU w/ to notch performance, easily capable of SLI)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Total = $40 more than your choices but you're getting an extemely quiet and cool running case w/ only 1 of the 4 PSU's to garner a 10.0 performance rating on jonnyguru.com)

HAF 922
$90 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

XFX Black Edition 850
$130 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Not as quiet as the Antec combo but well cooled .... LED's might be off putting but it's $30 cheaper which would give you an i7 system at same price as your build.

I don't see the advantage to a 40 GB SSD. Windows 7 will eat 3/4 of that up.
How about an extra $60 for 125% extra capacity ?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

or $95 more for 300% capacity
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

For $20, the upgrade to a 470 should be an easy decision...the 850 watt PSU makes adding a 2nd one, at a later date, no problem
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The Antec Case / PSU Combo (+$40), the MoBo / CPU / RAM (+30) Combo, the GFX upgrade (+20) and 3x SSD size upgrade (+$95) add up to $185 extra....or $60 over ya $1,500 budget while providing substantial upgrades, an extremely quiet system and much more capability for expandability..
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November 25, 2010 5:28:56 AM

Thank you JackNaylorPE for the reply, this is definitely a system that is worth a look at.

Even if I don't go Intel, the tips for hard drives, cases and power supplies were all good advice and I'll try to modify the specs of the system and post an updated build.

EDIT: Would anyone else have any input to add? It'd be much appreciated!
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December 18, 2010 1:59:44 AM

For maximum CS5 performance:

Use a GT 240 video card w/ 1GB DDR5 (saves $), 24 GB system RAM (adds $), and Windows 7 64-bit Professional or Ultimate.

CS5 won't run faster on a GTX 460. CS5 only seems to use up to 96 graphics cores. The GT 240 also consumes a lot less power, so a 300 watt power supply would be adequate. The Nexus VALUE 430 Watt is the most quiet power supply on the planet:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Nexus_Value_430

Adding memory seems to make a really big difference in CS5 performance.

Windows 7 64-bit Premium only allows up to 16GB of RAM, so that's not very future-proof.

More CS5 hardware details here:
http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....
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