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Performance Build for Photoshop CS6/Lightroom 4.0

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April 20, 2012 3:02:32 AM

Thank you in advance for your help and expertise. I am essentially a new builder, having put together a basic PC nearly twenty years ago. This build will be used to handle large (4GB+) files in Photoshop, utilizing multiple layers and plug-ins.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 to 2 weeks

Budget Range: Approximately $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4.0, potentially Premiere Pro and After Effects. No gaming.

Parts Not Required: All new parts required, except for Monitor (NEC P221W-BK)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel processor. OS Windows 7 64-Bit Pro for 32GB RAM. No other preferences.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I have educated myself enough to be dangerous. My concept is to have a SSD for OS/Programs, a second SSD for the Photoshop Scratch Disk and two 2TB hard drives (utilizing Raid 1) for internal storage of images. I will also utilize multiple external 2TB hard drives for image backup/redundancy. My greatest confusion lies in the Video Card. I selected a GeForce GTX 570 based on Adobe's recommendation to support Premiere Pro 5.5 (http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html), a likely future application. Also, I picked from the list this "less expensive" card to limit my cost and because image processing will account for 80% to 90% of my total use, a decreased performance in video editing is not a major concern. Though, I realize and accept a recommendation may be that for a couple hundred dollars more I could move to a 680 and PCI Express 3.0 x16.

Of course, I have the standard questions/requests of compatibility, "better compatibility," value, overkill, underkill, cooling, power, etc.


THE BUILD

Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492

Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD x2: SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD x2: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support WH12LS39 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price: $2,419.88

Again, thank you for your assistance and comments.

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April 21, 2012 10:51:57 AM

Recon-UK, Thank you for your recommendations.

Does anyone see any incompatibility or other "weak links?"

Thanks!
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June 24, 2012 4:50:13 PM

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Remove the 2x SSD's and the 570.
Get a quadro 4000 2GB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It will help with work loads and be way faster than the GTX 570 in this area.
Not sure if i have gone over your budget though.


WRONG!

As far as performance in Premiere Pro CS5.5, the GTX 570 is the fastest of the three, with the Quadro 4000 being moderately slower than the GTX 570 - and the Quadro 2000 being much slower than the other two. This is because the Quadro 2000 is based on an underclocked GeForce GTS 450, with only 192 CUDA cores and only a 128-bit DDR5 memory bus. The Quadro 4000 is based on the previous Fermi flagship design, the GF100 (also used on the GTX 480, GTX 470 and GTX 465, as well as its higher Quadro siblings 6000 and 5000), but with a significant number of texturing units disabled (the Quadro 4000 has only 256 CUDA cores versus 448 CUDA cores in the GTX 470 and 480 CUDA cores in the GTX 480) and only a 256-bit DDR5 memory bus (versus 320-bit in the GTX 470 and 384-bit in the GTX 480). The GTX 570 is based on a newer (but still a year old) chip, the GF110 with 480 CUDA cores and a 320-bit DDR5 memory bus.

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July 4, 2012 2:34:16 AM

G2JC said:
Thank you in advance for your help and expertise. I am essentially a new builder, having put together a basic PC nearly twenty years ago. This build will be used to handle large (4GB+) files in Photoshop, utilizing multiple layers and plug-ins.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 to 2 weeks

Budget Range: Approximately $2500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4.0, potentially Premiere Pro and After Effects. No gaming.

Parts Not Required: All new parts required, except for Monitor (NEC P221W-BK)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel processor. OS Windows 7 64-Bit Pro for 32GB RAM. No other preferences.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: I have educated myself enough to be dangerous. My concept is to have a SSD for OS/Programs, a second SSD for the Photoshop Scratch Disk and two 2TB hard drives (utilizing Raid 1) for internal storage of images. I will also utilize multiple external 2TB hard drives for image backup/redundancy. My greatest confusion lies in the Video Card. I selected a GeForce GTX 570 based on Adobe's recommendation to support Premiere Pro 5.5 (http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html), a likely future application. Also, I picked from the list this "less expensive" card to limit my cost and because image processing will account for 80% to 90% of my total use, a decreased performance in video editing is not a major concern. Though, I realize and accept a recommendation may be that for a couple hundred dollars more I could move to a 680 and PCI Express 3.0 x16.

Of course, I have the standard questions/requests of compatibility, "better compatibility," value, overkill, underkill, cooling, power, etc.


THE BUILD

Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492

Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS12X 120mm Long Life Bearing High Performance Triple Fan CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD x2: SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD x2: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support WH12LS39 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 x Fractal High Performance 140mm fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price: $2,419.88

Again, thank you for your assistance and comments.


This shows some real smarts and you've put together a very good system.
There are only two things that you need to think about in more detail.

1. Video card -game cards are not ideal for GPU processing as workstation video cards.
You should read up on this. Of course, to keep the price reasonable you might want to check out the newest ATI FirePro V4900 (under $170 at Newegg), a good alternative to the $900 plus workstation cards by ATI or nVidia.

2. This system is underserved by 16870x1050 video resolution. The new LED backlit monitors have really good colors and with HD res of 1920 x1080 they are very cheap. Of course 1920 by 1200 is better but the price starts going up a lot, and the higher res monitors are quite expensive.
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