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April 20, 2012 8:27:12 PM

Hi All

Looking to put together a system for Photo work , music files and surfing the net. open budget, but Looking for the best bang and performance for the money. in all given hardware. Below is what I have my eye on, but looking for other suggestions, if I am off the mark with other brands. This project is a first for me.
Parts to be bought through Newegg/Amazon. USA >>>> Thanks


Case COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP ATX Full
Cooling fan Recommendations
Processor Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W QuadMotherboard ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Ram either Corsair Vegence 16 GB or G Skill Ripjaws 16 GB or is it more economical to buy two 8 GB of either.
Hard drive Seagate 1 TB (2)
SSD drive not really sure ??? Recommendations
Power supply corsair or coolermaster about 750/850watt Recommendations ( silent type.)
Have existing video card. Geforce GT 430
Have existing DVD RW Drive
Have existing Keyboard & Mouse. logitec wireless solar keypad and wirless mouse
Have existing Monitor Dell U2711 27 - inch
Have existing Intergrated amp / DA Processor & Speakers.
OS Windows 7
Photoshop
Lightroom 4
3 IN 1 reader card for photo cards

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April 20, 2012 8:33:35 PM

Please post all the components of your pc (including the ones you already have) so that we could give you better advice.

MoBo: not sure which one would be good for your purposes
Ram: 2x 8 Gb would be better because you leave slots open for further upgrade in the future
PSU: will depend on the other components...
SSD: Crucial M4, intel, and Samsung SSD's are good ones
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April 20, 2012 9:02:48 PM

Please post all the components of your pc (including the ones you already have) so that we could give you better advice.

I edited the info to include componet names of existing hardware and parts
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April 20, 2012 9:09:20 PM

One thing i found out the hard way was Adobe needs minimum 876mb of video ram on the GPU to use its mercury engine. You may want to keep that in mind when choosing your graphics card.
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April 20, 2012 9:25:52 PM

Dormantreign, I called Nvidia , and they recommended the gt430, will that not work for my needs, as for 876mb vor on GPU. I dont have that much experience with computers.

Once I have all my parts list, I plan on bringing it to someone to build. If anyone knows anyone in the Treasure coast of Florida, that could do if for me for $$$, I would appreciate the turn on.

Thanks
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April 20, 2012 9:48:14 PM

Cozz571 said:
Dormantreign, I called Nvidia , and they recommended the gt430, will that not work for my needs, as for 876mb vor on GPU. I dont have that much experience with computers.

Once I have all my parts list, I plan on bringing it to someone to build. If anyone knows anyone in the Treasure coast of Florida, that could do if for me for $$$, I would appreciate the turn on.

Thanks

The gt 430 you have should have 1 Gb (1024 Mb) of vRAM so in theory, should be fine. I'm not familiar however on how GPU - intensive photo editing is so I'm not sure how your card will perform. Maybe someone else can comment on that?

For power supply, you will probably be fine with 600-650 W. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I just looked at the motherboard you have and it has features you probably won't use (based on your purposes). Maybe something like this should be fine http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
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April 20, 2012 10:24:04 PM

Cozz571 said:
Hi All

Ram either Corsair Vegence 16 GB or G Skill Ripjaws 16 GB or is it more economical to buy two 8 GB of either.

Have existing video card. Geforce GT 430


Traditionally, Quadro is meant for non-gaming and GTX for gaming/fast action. If you want to choose Quadro, you would need atleast 4000. I do not think GT 430 is enough for photo/music. You may want to consider at least GTX 580, if not GTX 680 or Quadro 4000.

I think you would also need a 16GB RAM, while 32GB may be an over kill. The 4x4 GB sticks are not expensive.
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April 20, 2012 11:02:24 PM

I work with folders of hundreds (sometimes thousands) of RAW images at ~24MB/image in Photoshop/Bridge/InDesign. My $.02:

Photoshop isn't GPU intensive, but it does use all your CPU cores and it likes lots of RAM. 4x4GB for RAM is economical and totally sufficient. And stick with the 2600K if you must buy now. Its successor will be out soon.

Get an SSD. I'd buy either the Crucial m4 or Samsung 830 - whichever is cheaper at the time of purchase.

Alternative: I got 32GB of RAM so I could have a 16GB ramdisk which I load images to after a shoot. Basic RAW editing happens off RAM, which is insanely fast. It's easy to organize when working in Bridge/Camera Raw - I suspect Lightroom will make it a challenge.
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April 20, 2012 11:04:51 PM

Also, nice monitor. Little jealous here.
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April 20, 2012 11:21:21 PM

Thanks naf for the referal on the 2600k, what is going to be its replacement out soon.

Your suggestion on MOBO

Yes, loving my U2711

l0v3rboi checking out your recommendation on MOBO.>>>Thanks
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April 20, 2012 11:45:03 PM

Cozz571 said:
Thanks naf for the referal on the 2600k, what is going to be its replacement out soon.

Your suggestion on MOBO

Yes, loving my U2711

l0v3rboi checking out your recommendation on MOBO.>>>Thanks


Ivy Bridge i7 3770K - marginal increase in speed, big increase in power efficiency, PCIe 3.0, better integrated graphics (which you don't care about), generally more future proof. As far as I know it's set to be announced 4/29. http://www.anandtech.com/show/5626/ivy-bridge-preview-c...

MOBO and CPU cooler depend on your overclocking plans. If you're not OC'ing, just get one with plenty of SATA ports and use the stock CPU cooler (though the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ is cheap and some say it's worth it regardless of OC). ASRock boards are great bang for the buck, and everyone likes Asus. If you're going to OC you might want something a little more robust like the Asus Sabertooth.

ASRock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sabertooth: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And don't skimp on the PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
would all work.
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