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Budget PhotoShop CS5 workstation

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March 13, 2012 11:25:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within 1 month

Budget Range: max $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Shop CS5 for Professional Photographer, no games

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: From the CPU charts for Photo Shop I see best to worst for the top 3: i7-2600k, i5-2500k, i7-980. (I believe the best bang for the buck to be the i5-2500k????)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: don't know what this is?

Monitor Resolution: currently using Samsung SyncMaster 213t & Sony (vga) as a 2nd for tools docking. Would like to upgrade monitors eventually

Additional Comments: current system is:
AMD Opteron 246 2.0ghz x2
Radeon Pro 9500/9700
MegaRaid SATA 150-6 configured as RAID5 1.5tb
March 13, 2012 12:02:47 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec Three Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded 2 x USB 3.0: $70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified: $45

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit: $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner: $16

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM: $85

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $160 (it has the front 2 x USB3.0 connector to go with the case)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz: $325

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO: $35

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600: $42

and you even have room for a good quality SSD for the OS and main apps...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW060A3K5 2.5" 60GB SATA III: $120

TOTAL: $998

a photoshop monster..!
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March 13, 2012 12:12:18 PM

No graphics card?

Get an i5 2500, 8GB DDR3, HD6770/HD7770.
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March 13, 2012 12:14:46 PM

kawininjazx said:
No graphics card?

Get an i5 2500, 8GB DDR3, HD6770/HD7770.


no graphics card - it's photoshop only... best to get the best CPU

and if the OP still wants one - better to let go of the SSD instead and still get the i7-2600K... (and an HD6770/7770 are gaming cards..?)
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March 13, 2012 12:24:54 PM

Seeing as Photoshop CS5 uses minimal hyperthreading, you can choose either the i5-2500k or the i7-2600k.
Also note, the i5-2500k is only the best bang for the buck in the case where you're NOT using any of the hyperthreading capabilities (read: when gaming).

CPU Cooler (optional, but if you're getting a K CPU (which I would suggest, not much price difference), might as well get one.

As for an SSD, it's definitely worth it. The OCZ Vertex 3 120GB is on special this week on NCIX!

I'm not going to recommend a case, because different people have different preferences... Check if it has USB3 on the front panel and adequate airflow, made from a quality brand such as ThermalTake, Corsair, LianLi, Antec or Rosewill, and check for specials!

Also, I will suggest 16GB RAM, as you can actually use it!

CPU: i5-2500k (~220$) or i7-2600k (~325$)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LX (~115 with MIR)
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO (~30$) and Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Paste (~10$)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (~150$ with MIR on NCIX.com)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA III (~95$) just remembered you had a set of RAID5 drives, use them as storage. :lol: 
GPU: ASUS AMD Radeon HD6770 EAH6770 (90$ with MIR) or try using your old one first!
Case:_______________________________________
Optical drive: DVD burner (~20$) interested in BluRay?
RAM: Corsair 16GB 2x8GB CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 1.5v DDR3-1600MHz (~130$)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W (~40$ with MIR)

Enjoy the nice upgrade!
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March 13, 2012 12:48:09 PM

Here is a link to my build from last week for very similar purposes.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
I brought the whole thing in for $961. I already had the GTX 560ti GPU.
If you are using Adobe products be sure to get a Nvidia GPU.
Put your OS on the SSD and only your most used software including the editing software. Put the photos and backups on the HDD. The SSD will knock your socks off.
Here is a link to Adobe forums with excellent advise for various budgets for photo editing. http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0

When you decide what parts to buy go here and fill in all the boxes use max stress for everything. It will tell you how much power is used. Add 15% and buy a PSU at least that size. http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp

Search the forums using terms like Adobe, CS5, Lightroom, or whatever you are using. You will find there have been plenty of other posts about this.

Good luck
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March 13, 2012 5:06:57 PM

Wondering everyone's thoughts on a system I found at a local brick & mortar store being sold off for $498

Dell Inspiron 620 Desktop PC
Intel Core i5-2310
8 GB RAM
1TB hard drive
DVD-RW drive
Windows 7 home premium

How does this system sound for a Photo Shop Workstation.

If I build I'll have to buy the OS as well. This system includes os.

Thanks,
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March 13, 2012 5:45:02 PM

Makes sense I suppose, if you're not going to overclock. However, you're limiting your future expansion options. Buy an SSD (make sure they give you the OS disk) and, if the RAM isn't enough, you can always upgrade and add a couple sticks.

Let us know what you choose!
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March 13, 2012 5:59:58 PM

quicksand10
How do the processors compare other then being able to overclock?
i5 2310
i5 2500k
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March 13, 2012 6:13:46 PM

I used an i5-2310 on a PC. It's a good processor (it's the same chip as the i5-2500k, but with a locked multiplier and underclocked, see below)
The difference is that an i5-2500k can easily run at 4.0GHz, that's quite a big difference... The problem is that you won't always be able to use this increase in processor frequency. According to Adobe, for Photoshop CS5 on 64-bit Windows,
some features take greater advantage of the additional processing power than others.

Overclocking the sandy bridge in a nutshell:

i5 2310 --> VERY minimal overclocking, let me explain
The frequency you get from a Sandy Bridge CPU is calculated this way
100 MHz x 29 = 2900MHz = 2.9GHz (CPU frequency)
where 100MHz is the base clock and 29 is the multiplier

In an i5-2500k (or any other sandy bridge K model, such as an i7-2600k), you can change the multiplier (the multiplier is unlocked) up to about 57 (I'm not saying you should, but you can!).

In any other Sandy bridge CPU, you can only change the base clock (up to about 107MHz. So, very minimal overclocking...


Also, make sure that Dell rig running 64-bit windows 7.
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March 13, 2012 6:39:07 PM

Thanks quicksand10
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March 19, 2012 12:10:06 PM

3 motherboards were recommended from 3 different mfg's

- GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0: $160 (it has the front 2 x USB3.0 connector to go with the case)
&
ASUS P8Z68-V LX (~115 with MIR)
&
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Which is the best and why?

Thanks,
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