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New Build: 1000-1500 Graphical rendering computer.

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December 16, 2010 6:27:08 PM

Hi All,

As the title says I need a new computer for graphical rendering (more detailed explanation below)
The thing is that I dont exactly know what to look for, do I need a SSD so I can store the cache on it instead of in RAM or do I need a Graphics card with loads of RAM or should I look for HDD's with loads of cache or loads of RPM's?

Anyways below is what I got sofar, anny suggestions would be massivly appreciated

The prices below are the prices of the parts in Holland so they might differ a bit from newegg’s but usually it shouldn’t differ too much.

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow or the day after.

Budget Range:As cheap as possible without losing too much performance.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Main purpose is the usage of creative suite from Adobe but multiple applications at the same time.
These include: Bridge, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign.
Allot of rendering of high quality PDF’s (300DPI) with allot of page filling (A4) Photographs
And usually this includes the use of a panoramic stitcher.
NO movies
NO games
The computer will also function as a server for an administrative program so other computers will connect to it and retrieve costumer data from the database which is hosted on this computer.

Parts Not Required:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (But since it’s dutch I used the neweggs equivalent)

Country of Origin:
The Netherlands (Holland)

Parts Preferences:
  • CPU 207 euro
    AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

  • Motherboard 169 euro
    ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • Graphics card 236 euro
    Palit NE5TX470F09DA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • PSU 95 euro
    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    (Only I’m going for the 700W version but I couldn’t find it on Newegg)

  • RAM 2x 102 euro = 204 euro
    2x CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1600C9

  • Case 138 euro
    Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • HDD (SSD) 281 euro
    OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120 PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • Dvd/CD drive 17 euro

  • HDD (Platters) 2x 81 euro = 162 euro
    2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Total price: 1558


    SLI or Crossfire:

    Monitor Resolution:

    Additional Comments:
    As silent as possible (hence the case)
    I need the performance to be able to compute the above mentioned actions however the price is a bit steep, if I could cut down on parts here and there that would be great.

    Thanks in advance,

    December 16, 2010 8:28:58 PM

    you probly don't need the Crosshair IV formula if you are using a single 470. I'd suggest getting the 570 instead of the 470, and you only need an 870 motherboard.
    December 16, 2010 9:55:31 PM

    if youre not gaming just get the 460 and invest in a SSD and try and find lower latency ram if you can.
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    December 17, 2010 11:25:35 AM

    Hi Screwysqrl and HeyImGodly, thanks for your replies.

    Getting the 570 instead of the 470 will significantly increase the total price of the computer while I actually would like to lower the price.

    For the motherboard i'll follow your advise and change to
    ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    88 euro's in Holland (
    it be better to get a w
    I'v checked out the 460 graphics card but it doesnt go above 1Gig RAM and they all have a 256bit bus, wouldnt a wider bus be better plus more ram for the cache while rendering?

    Besides the Motherboard is there a way that I can cut down on costs?

    And again, thank you for your replies.
    December 17, 2010 3:57:25 PM

    yes, a 460 will do most things nicely. I was suggesting the 570 over the 470, becaus ethe decrease in price to go to the 770 motherboard is much more than teh increase from 470 to 570. a 460 is also a way to go and will be fine at rendering.

    December 17, 2010 10:05:23 PM

    actually Cuda in most Adobe products at the moment is NOT 100% at its full potential meaning a 1gb card would be fine, and rendering is mainly CPU and RAM intensive, so a hexacore processor should help with that and you have 8gb of ram which should also help. so the GPU wouldnt really have a lot to do when it comes to helping you render.