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June 21, 2012 3:12:51 PM

I am in need to build a new computer for the office for Photoshop. I have configured a system I THINK will be good for this purpose, but would like some feedback from the Expert Community here.

Please give me some solid feedback and advice. I dont have a lot of money to throw around, and can't afford to get it wrong.

I was going for a Fast Processor, a Lot of RAM, and a fast access SSD for a Scratch Disk and a good video card to support the GPU Acceleration in Photoshop CS6

System

ASRock X79 Extreme 4 Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3820 3.6Ghz Quad-Core
G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR3 Quad Channel Memory
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 5900RPM HDD
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3 120GB SATA III SSD
EVGA GeForce GTX 550Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5

And 2 Asus VH238H 23" Monitors w/ 2ms Response Time




ASRock X79 Extreme4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157282

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231505

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...[/url]

OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130652

Asus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
June 21, 2012 4:58:15 PM

What's the budget on this build? I'd ditch the 550TI as that's not a good choice - knowing that will help to suggest a better system.
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
June 21, 2012 5:20:47 PM

xfile102 said:
Trying to stay around $1500 Max. What about one of these cards instead?

XFX Double D HD-695X-CDFC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150549

SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987

PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131464


The Sapphire 6950 or 7850 will be far better choices, IMO. For $1500 you might be better off going with an i7-3770K rather than a i7-3820, that will leave you more room to purchase a better GPU.
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June 21, 2012 6:45:26 PM

g-unit1111 said:
The Sapphire 6950 or 7850 will be far better choices, IMO. For $1500 you might be better off going with an i7-3770K rather than a i7-3820, that will leave you more room to purchase a better GPU.



LOL. Possibly but the 3770K is even more expensive because of the on-board graphics
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
June 21, 2012 9:26:58 PM

xfile102 said:
LOL. Possibly but the 3770K is even more expensive because of the on-board graphics


The 3770K is more expensive because it has an unlocked multiplier - all Sandy / Ivy Bridge CPUs have built in graphics except for the i5-2550K. Has nothing to do with the onboard graphics.
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June 22, 2012 3:29:11 AM

Edited the whole thing, typing before thinking.

How about an locked IB chip, as this will most likely never be overclocked. However you will lose the quad channel memory from the SB-E. This may cost the same for the CPU (I don't know american pricing) but you should save on the motherboard.
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
June 22, 2012 7:09:41 PM

anti-painkilla said:
Edited the whole thing, typing before thinking.

How about an locked IB chip, as this will most likely never be overclocked. However you will lose the quad channel memory from the SB-E. This may cost the same for the CPU (I don't know american pricing) but you should save on the motherboard.


Losing quad channel RAM won't make that much of a difference in terms of build performance. If you want a not unlocked CPU - go with the standard i7-3770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 2, 2012 6:27:43 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Losing quad channel RAM won't make that much of a difference in terms of build performance. If you want a not unlocked CPU - go with the standard i7-3770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I am not so sure.. Can you help explain why?Everything I have read said that Quad Channel memory is a godsend for speeding up edits in photoshop and for handling large files.
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July 11, 2012 8:08:31 AM

g-unit1111 said:
What's the budget on this build? I'd ditch the 550TI as that's not a good choice - knowing that will help to suggest a better system.



The problem is that Adobe optimizes their software better for CUDA enabled cards, which means a GTX 550 ti (2GB GDDR5) version would be perfect for this guy. Toms hardware did tests with Radeon and Nvidia cards in Adobe software and Nvidia was way better and faster because of CUDA technology.
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