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November 4, 2011 5:14:20 AM

Hello beautiful techsperts!

I will use it for Photoshop and my main concern is for that to run very well, although I also wouldn't mind a play of the new BF3.

Processor: i5-2500K
GPU: 2G 6950 Powercolor
Mobo: Gigabyte Z68X-UD4
Ram: 8G Kit 1600 G.Skill
SSD: Patriot SATA3 Pyro 60g
HDD: Seagate 1TB
PSU: Corsair GS-600
Case: Antec 902v3

Any recommendations on where the odd dollar could be spent/saved or if I'm missing something ?

Your advice is greatly appreciated.
November 4, 2011 5:29:15 AM

Well that's a handy saving, thanks.
The 1333 is fine?
Cool.

Will the SSD improve the speed of photoshop?

Thanks.
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November 4, 2011 5:43:31 AM

Case - Is that a typo ....did you mean the 1200 ? If it's the 100, I wouldn't "go there".....not with a 580.

Hopefully it's the 1200.....if not, the 902 V3 and at worse, the 300 Illusion

1200 V3 $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
902 V3 - $105 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
300 Illusion $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - In the 1200, the CP-850 is the easy choice at $115. Alternately, the HX series are excellent PSU's as are the XFX Core series

If expanding beyond PhotoShop and into the rest of CS5, I'd keep the 2600k....if not, then the 2500k will do.

If ya doin Z68, then ya shud be doin GEN 3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

12GB not where ya wanna go....4, 8 or 16 .... I'd suggest starting w/ 8GB, grab another 2 modules and double up later if ya need. In Photo work, DR3-1600 is better than 1333 ...... CAS matters and no toothy heat sinks

$95 CAS 7 DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$65 CAS 8 DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 CAS 9 DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Green = Slow .... if budget allows, the 2TB or 3 TB Seagate Barracuda XT. If it doesn't there's no overall winner in the 1TB size.....pick from the list here the one which does better in your apps

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

If it's Photo Work, it's the Seagate:

Seagate 7200.12 = 57.40
Spinpoint F3 = 35.30
WD Black = 53.80

GFX....twin 900 Mhz 560's will beat the 580 by 40% and cost about $20 - $60 less.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...











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November 4, 2011 6:14:54 AM

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The SSd will help with loading windows and will increase overall performance, however for photoshop i do'nt think it will make too much difference.
I would go for 1600mhz ram speed BTW and make sure it is 1.5volts. ;) 


Cheers mate, I might scrap the SSD.

JackNaylorPE said:
Case - Is that a typo


Haha no typo, I'm thinking the Coolmaster RC692 now.

The place I'm buying from have the Asus P8Z68 V-LX or V-E or V-Pro .. suggestions?

Seagate it is!

I'll definitely give the twin 560 some thought, thanks!
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November 4, 2011 11:19:44 AM

Decided to change to the 2G 6950 Powercolor since I read people have no troubles running BF3 with it on good settings, might upgrade next year when new Nvidia arrives. Also downgraded the PSU to 600w and SSD to 60g which I will use for OS and PS scratch.

I think I'll go for the Gigabyte Z68X-UD4 unless someone has other advice.

Thanks guys!
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November 4, 2011 1:30:51 PM

The 6950 is great, I'm running one too. IMO it's the best perf/price card today.
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November 6, 2011 9:15:14 AM

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