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3ds Max / Photoshop Config - Need Advice

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May 8, 2011 7:02:42 PM

Dear all,

I would like to ask an advice whether anything should be changed in the following build - or it's good to go?

Purpose:
3ds Max / Vray
Photoshop
(accidental) gaming

Config:
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k
MB: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB PC3 15000 CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9B - x2
Heatsink: Cooler Master V6
Power: Cooler Master Silent Pro M850
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 128 GB
HDD: WD Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB - x2
Case: either HAF-X or Antec DF-85

Note 1: I will definitely going to OC for rendering purposes.
Note 2: For graphics, I would probably bring over 8800GTX from the old PC for now - kind of strained on the budget a bit right now.

Any advice is very welcome, many thanks in advance!
May 8, 2011 7:25:25 PM

You don't need 16GB of ram, even for Vray in my opinion. Photoshop DEFIANTLY doesn't need 8GB of ram. I do the craziest HDRing and Panorama stitching with Photoshop (pretty heavy Photoshopping IMO) and I don't even use 8GB of ram, I only use 4GB. So drop one extra kit and save yourself 100$.

Drop the Deluxe, it has nothing over a Asrock Extreme4 P67 let alone a MSI P67A-GD65 both being cheaper. The Asrock is 70$ cheaper and the MSI is about 50-60$ cheaper. 3$ cheaper than the Egg.
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-P67A-GD65-B3-Intel-Motherboar...

Caviar blacks aren't worth it. You already have an SSD, you should just save and get 2 Samsung F3's it'll be cheaper and quieter. The reason why SATA III HDDs aren't worth it is because it's a mechanical drive. They all spin at 7200RPMs no matter how much more Cache they get, they'll perform within the same margin in the real world.
10$ cheaper on Amazon than Newegg.
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

You don't need 850w, your not running a Crossfire 6970 or 570 build so there is no need for you At most you only need 550w. I suggest getting this if you don't care about modular.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This if you do.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now as for coolers concern, you should get this cooler and save yourself the money. The Hyper 212+ is a solid cooler and many report getting up to 4.6ghz+ on it. Plus it's only $30 so It's a solid buy. Best budget coolers out there. Cheaper on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...



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