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November 23, 2011 6:44:56 AM


Approximate Purchase Date: Honestly, as soon as possible, but given a good enough reason I will listen to reason and wait longer than the year or more I already have. Originally I was going to build an SR-2 system but could never stomach the price.

Budget Range: Would love to not go over $3000 USD.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Gaming, other time wasting tasks such as IM and web browsing.

Parts Not Required: Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )

Also don't need things like a mouse, keyboard, or tablet. I already own these.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com ( Mostly because it is what I am familiar with. )

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Would like things that last and have good warrantees.

Overclocking: Maybe ( I have never done it and I would prefer to avoid doing things that may void my warrantees. )

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe ( Perhaps down the road I will add another card to extend the system's life. )

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 on two screens, may add a 3rd screen at some point.

Additional Comments: Looking to build a system designed mainly to work with high resolution images in Photoshop CS5. Most images will start at around 150-400 mb at 16 bits without layers. Some can start at a GB with no layers. Point being this is the base and the files will only get bigger as they are edited. Granted I would love to game on this and such as well, but my main concern is my work.

I also would like to build something that is expandable and upgradeable, I don't need the best system, but I also would like something to last me a long time without needing to replace it for sometime.

I was also wondering what people think about using just an SSD as the main drive and using externals for storage at the moment. HDDs are so expensive right now that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me to buy one until they come back down.


- Part List So Far -

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 025-P3-1579-AR Video Card ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... )
$394.99

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... )
$389.99

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... )
$84.99


Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 Six-Core Desktop Processor ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... )


COOLER MASTER CM Storm Series Trooper (SGC-5000-KKN1) Black Computer Case ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... )
-$55.00 Combo
$789.98
$734.98
( Items in a combo )

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... )


ASUS P9X79 PRO ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... )

-$50.00 Combo
$829.98
$779.98
( Items in a combo )

Grand Total: $2,384.93

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November 23, 2011 6:55:30 AM

Why is everyone getting that i7-3930k?

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/11/14/intel-...

Conclusion

While we don't want to give the impression that the i7-3930K is a slow CPU for consumer applications and games, it isn't significantly faster than the Core i7-2600K. This is a problem for Intel, as the i7-3930K is almost exactly double the price; LGA2011 motherboards cost roughly twice as much as LGA1155 boards and you need to add twice as many memory sticks. The foundations of an LGA2011 system could easily cost you twice as much as a LGA1155 PC, and yet won't deliver tangible amounts of extra performance unless you use n-threaded, professional-level applications
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November 23, 2011 6:57:05 AM

Get an i5-2500k or i7-2600k if you really want to but Photoshop isn't that heavy that you would need an i7-2600k.
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November 23, 2011 6:58:02 AM

I think you this machine is overkill for you.

An i7 2600K (that's maybe overkill too, but it's worth the money) + 16GB RAM + GTX 570 / Radeon HD 6970 is enough
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November 23, 2011 7:11:47 AM

cutebeans said:
Why is everyone getting that i7-3930k?

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/11/14/intel-...

Conclusion

While we don't want to give the impression that the i7-3930K is a slow CPU for consumer applications and games, it isn't significantly faster than the Core i7-2600K. This is a problem for Intel, as the i7-3930K is almost exactly double the price; LGA2011 motherboards cost roughly twice as much as LGA1155 boards and you need to add twice as many memory sticks. The foundations of an LGA2011 system could easily cost you twice as much as a LGA1155 PC, and yet won't deliver tangible amounts of extra performance unless you use n-threaded, professional-level applications



I read that same review and I thought the statement "need to add twice as many memory sticks" to be a little silly. There is nothing forcing me to add more than 4 initially. Its more I have the option now to add 4 more. But regardless, I will listen to reason and consider a 1155 system.
Do you think I would need to have an SSD in this system to deal with scratch disks? At my job I use a machine with 12 gb of ram and I still manage to require a scratch disk. I was hoping with 32 gb of ram photoshop wouldn't really need to use a scratch disk.
And can I ask how long do you think this system you are proposing would last me?
Oh, and do you think it might be worth waiting until the quad-core chip that is proposed to come out for x79?
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November 23, 2011 9:50:03 AM

If work is paying for it: i7-3930k + 8 DIMMs (32GB).
If you are paying for it: i7-2600 + 4 DIMMs (16GB) + SSD + wait for 8GB DIMMs?.
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Oh, and do you think it might be worth waiting until the quad-core chip that is proposed to come out for x79?

Hmmmmm... wait till the benchmarks I guess. It should perform ~= 2500 which will still make RAM/hand speed/HDD/stupidly large filters the bottleneck.
I'm on a 2600K for my BDes Digital Media course, it's usually (in photoshop) the computer waiting for me rather then me waiting for it (unless batch). So it might pay off to wait till the quad core version.
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