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Proposed New Build for Photoshop - Comments?

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March 22, 2011 8:42:27 PM

Hello- I hope this is not too verbose... Thanks very much for your take on this proposed system.

I'm retired telecom (yay!) and for a hobby photograph up and coming modles to enhance their portfolios. My Canon 5D MK II and I generate a lot of data. Here's my Web site:

Of the mass storage:
Drive 0 is for the OS
Drive 1 is for data (high-res Photos, mostly)
Drive 2 is for installed applications, my Web site local files, and downloaded programs and upgrades

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as Asus P8P67 Deluxe (re)fills the pipeline
Budget Range: $2K
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, photo management, archiving
Parts Not Required: see list below
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: Me? Republic of Texas :D 
Parts Preferences: see list below
Overclocking: Intel Turbo, but that's about it
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Additional Comments: I added 2 x 200mm and 1 x 140mm fans to the HAF 912 case

Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower
Item#: N82E16811119233 Already purchased for this build: $59.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) BX80623I72600K
Item #: N82E16819115070 $329.99
Micro Center (walk-in) $279.99 + Tax $23.10 = $303.09

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler (for 1156 socket- works fine with 1155 socket, sez ASUS)
Item#: N82E16835103046 (Five eggs out of 229 reviews) $39.99

Motherboard ASUS P8P67 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel
Newegg Item#: N82E16813131679 (no link right now) $239.99
Asus Link

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC
Item#: N82E16817171057 Already purchased for this build: $159.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL Designed for Intel P67 motherboard. Native timing 9-9-9-24 Five eggs out of 80 reviews!
Item#: N82E16820231428 2x? YES!! @$99.99 $199.98

SSD (Drives 0 and 2)
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item#: N82E16820227590 2 ea. @ $209.99 = $419.98

HDD (Drive 1) - use existing!
HITACHI Ultrastar A7K2000 HUA722020ALA330 (0F10452) 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive already have - still current on Hitachi site as of 12 February 2011
Item#: N82E16822145310 Already in use - re-use: $239.99

SPARKLE SXS4501024D5SNS GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card, Five EGGS (2 reviews), single slot
Reviewed in CPU mag March 2011, pg 38.
Item#: N82E16814187131 $139.99
NOTE: Tiger Direct price $124.99

Other items already in use to be re-used:
O/S Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
External Drive WD My Book 3.0 2 TB USB 3.0
Keyboard Rosewill Cherry MX Switch (Brown) Mechanical Keyboard
Monitor NEC LCD2190 UXi LCD 'twist' tech 1600 x 1200 ppi.

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March 23, 2011 2:09:35 AM

Hello Dave McKeen;

Do you live near one of the Texas MicroCenter stores? They have the i7 2600K for $280

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March 23, 2011 2:38:19 AM

It's a good looking list.

Is a single slot video card important to your expansion plans? The ASUS P8P67 DELUXE would loose 1x PCI-e x1 slot to a double slot graphics card.
But it has 1 more x1 slot and a few extra x16 slots that can handle an x1 card for your expansion needs.
I like the ASUS ENGTS450 DC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB Video Card a bit better than the Sparkle card. Better cooling, lower price, and a full size HDMI port.
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March 23, 2011 2:47:25 AM

Im guessing you plan to RAID 0 those OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs.

There is the newer version of Vertex due out shortly (maybe the 24th?) that all by itself is going to be almost as fast as 2s Vertex 2s.
OCZ Vertex 3 Preview
March 24, 2011 1:17:10 AM

Hi WR2- Thanks! Yes, I will be getting my i7 2600K at my nearby Micro Center store. Yeah, I really don't want to hide the PCIE x1 slot. Too bad ASUS doesn't put the dated PCI slots next to the x16 slots. No, I don't plan to RAID the Vertex SSDs. The first SSD is for the OS, the Hitachi server grade HDD is for data and the second SSD is for my installed programs, my Web site development and downloaded programs and upgrades.

Is the new Vertex 2s a SandForce 2000 SSD? I found a review of a Vertex 3 240GB based on SF-2281 SSD. Kind of hate to wait for technology. You know how that goes. :) 

- Dave
March 24, 2011 1:23:15 AM

It's always been that way, hasn't it? Always something new and 'shiny' just around the corner.

I don't think you'll run out of PCI-e slots.
The mini-HDMI port on the other card did not thrill me and the lower priced looked good.

While waiting for the motherboard you want to show up just keep an eye out for new SSD releases.
March 24, 2011 1:29:12 AM

I will! I'm watching it like a hawk.
March 24, 2011 2:12:30 AM

Thanks for the heads-up. Newegg had a few of the Asus P8P67 Deluxe recently but they sold out fast. I imagine the pipeline is filling "as we speak". This build isn't super urgent, but it's something I need to do. By the time th4 Asus board is plentiful maybe the SandForce Vertex 3s will be on the shelf too. :)  And USB3 CF card readers...
March 24, 2011 2:29:34 AM

I'll bet you see the P8P67 Deluxe and Vertex 3s show up before a good USB3 card reader shows up. They'll be slow in ramping up due to the low demand without a lot of USB 3 devices out there.

At least there are a few case choices with USB 3.0 front panel support now.
March 26, 2011 5:57:41 PM

My HAF 912 doesn't have the USB front panel adapter- the European version does though. I believe you have me convinced to go with the Asus graphics card. I'm only doing 2D Photoshop, but everything helps. Besides, look at all the eggs...!! :) 
April 2, 2011 12:32:32 AM

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