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Photoshop CS4 Extended - Build opinion/advice needed

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September 19, 2011 7:30:30 PM

Hello,
I'm very new to all of this...have never put together a system from scratch. I'm looking to run Photoshop CS Extended (3D Rendering) pretty extensively. Other than that, just iTunes and web surfing...no gaming. Here is the build I've come up with:


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($85.00 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $806.92

I've forgotten to add an SSD for the O/S and apps, so that will add to the price. Where can I save some $$ here, without sacrificing speed/efficiency and longevity? Thanks for any feedback...I'm basically putty in your hands...I'm very easily led!!

Andrea
September 19, 2011 8:27:29 PM

Oh, and I wanted to ask - how important is the SSD, as a scratch disk? Will it make a noticeable difference? Thanks!
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September 19, 2011 8:41:35 PM

Have you checked the Adobe forums? Lots of good information there.

Last time I checked the optimal drive setup seemed to be one ssd for Windows 7 and Adobe applications; one small capacity ssd used as a scratch disk; and a hard disk drive to store data files/images.

I use Adobe products for professional work. I do have my Adobe applications on an ssd. However, I did not bother with a second ssd to use as a scratch disk. I am very satisfied with my setup.

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September 19, 2011 11:34:49 PM

Thanks, Johnny. I posted a similar thread over at Adobe...so far, no responses. Anybody able to offer any other suggestions/advice? Thx!
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September 20, 2011 1:13:52 AM

andreajava said:
Thanks, Johnny. I posted a similar thread over at Adobe...so far, no responses. Anybody able to offer any other suggestions/advice? Thx!




Andrea, I use Photoshop CS5 on a daily basis on my system with 3 SSD's. Two of which in raid 0 as a system drive where photoshop is installed and the third I use as a scratch disk. Using filters such as lens blur on raw images taken from a Nikon DSLR used to take up to 9 minutes to render on my old system. After upgrading to an i7 2600 CPU and a P8P67 motherboard and installing the SSDs, the lens blur filter on the same image took 69 seconds!!

Upgrading from a Q6600 to an i7 2600 was surely the biggest factor, but the SSDs really speed things up as well.
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September 20, 2011 3:00:16 AM

^5 +1 what SajinJengy said.

The upgrade from hard drive to ssd was pretty amazing, especially when working with raw images which is what I prefer.

BTW - Im pretty sure this is the first time anyone other than myself ever mentioned raw images in a post. :) 
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September 20, 2011 7:14:17 AM

haha... Johnny, this being a non-photographic forum i'm not surprised ^.^
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