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New build, primarily adobe CS5 oriented. Critique?

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March 24, 2011 8:04:37 PM

So, I'm growing very tired of my forty hour render/encode times on various projects with my older core2duo rig.
I've been leaning towards this build, figured I'd post it up and see if anyone has any suggestions.
I'm thinking about waiting a couple weeks to see about the SSD as there are some new models coming out I've read.
Also I have a 1.5 tb raid setup coming over from my old rig for video capture.

Some other info: Primarily editing with some minor gaming on occasion, going to source parts from newegg only. Going to overclock but only a little. Not wanting to have to deal with a big air cooler. Price i'm trying to keep under 1900.

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

BYTECC Bracket-35225 2.5 Inch HDD/SSD Mounting Kit For 3.5" Drive Bay or Enclosure

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL

LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
March 24, 2011 10:21:23 PM

The new OCZ Vertex 3 and the Intel 510 SSD have much better speeds than the C300, and use better controllers than Crucial did.

Pass on the WD Black and go for a Samsung F3 1TB drive; it's essentially the fastest platter drive out there. The WD Black is limited by the platters, not the interface bandwidth.

I feel like on that budget you could get a better GPU, like a 560.

If you want a solid aftermarket cooler, get the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. It's under $30 on Amazon, comes with a fan and 2 brackets, and can get OCs to 4.6+ GHz.
March 24, 2011 10:30:22 PM

Been putting together a similar machine over the past few days, with more of a focus on Maya/ZBrush but Photoshop as well. Some thoughts:

- Good choice on the processor. If you have a Microcenter near you, they can get you some savings on an i7

- Check the TH Mobo roundup and take a look at either the Asus P8P67 Pro or the ASRock P67 Extreme4. Should save a bit over the MSI, and they tested slightly higher in the roundup.

- For your budget, I'd suggest a GTX 560 Ti; it compares favorably to a 470 with less power draw and fan noise. That said, if you're doing graphics work with a Fermi card, make sure to take a look at possible OpenGL issues that crop up in some programs (mostly 3D content creation like Maya or 3DS Max).

- I get the feeling someone's going to be along to recommend a F3 Spinpoint 1TB HD =)
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March 25, 2011 3:20:04 AM

Tip on optimizing CS5 - creating a scratch disk (with nothing on it) with a couple striped drives can often provide the greatest performance increase.

Depending on the size of your files of course, but you could easily grab a couple 250 gb or 500 gb drives.
March 25, 2011 3:32:33 AM

Thanks a lot for the tips. It certainly is helpful and I wouldn't have thought of some of these!
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