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Lightroom, CS6 Build - Help me please!!!

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July 6, 2012 1:23:32 PM

My goal here is to build a system that is fast and primarily used for Lightroom and Photoshop. I will be using other cs6 programs from time to time. I am afraid I might be overkilling it but at the same time I just want to be done with it for awhile. My brother will build the system for me as I am a complete novice. Bear in mind, this computer will never have a game played on it and I will not be overclocking...I don't even get the concept.

As far as storage, next month I will add more storage/external and/or internal if necessary.

Where I need help is with any mistakes I may have made here and where I might be able to save a few bucks without compromising speed and efficiency. Should I be making different considerations somewhere based on my end goals?

Thank you so much for your help.... I would like to be this right away at Newegg.

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

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July 6, 2012 5:22:48 PM

Your wishlist doesn't work. What kind of budget is this system going to be? $1500? $2K?
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July 7, 2012 4:27:35 AM

SORRY!!! I Didn't realize it wasn't working...no wonder no responses other than yours... thank you! Well, I went and bought the stuff anyway but would appreciate any critiques in the case that I need to return something and swap it :) .

Approximate Purchase Date: Just did

Budget Range: (under $2500)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Lightroom, CS6, Internet)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: (US)

Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 / * already have this

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC but ripping fast so Lightroom 4 doesn't slow me down.

Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD 100-505649 FirePro V4900 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ntel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 qty - Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 qty - Corsair Force Series GS CSSD-F180GBGS-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML32GX3M4A1600C10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VANTEC UGT-CR945 9pin USB Header, PCIe USB 3.0 Upgrade Kit with Card Reader
Model #:UGT-CR945
Item #:N82E16820276015
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 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...

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RNX-N180UBE Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 1T2R / 5 dBi External Antenna / Up to 300Mbps Wireless Download Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP (Hex & ASCII), WPA/WPA2, WPA(TKIP with IEEE 802.1x)/WPA2(AES with IEEE 802.1x)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I based all this on a few articles and posts. I hope I didn't screw up too much. I am sure I probably did overkill here but after this sucker is built I don't want to have to think about buying anything for awhile aside from storage.

I do appreciate any thoughts and thank you again!!
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July 7, 2012 4:58:32 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Your wishlist doesn't work. What kind of budget is this system going to be? $1500? $2K?

Sorry about that!
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July 7, 2012 6:14:28 PM

kellyj525 said:
Sorry about that!


No problem. On a $2500 build for CS5/6 - I'd actually recommend going X79 over Z77 - the extra cores and higher RAM capacities are made for heavy workloads. You don't need Windows 7 Ultimate unless you're running the language packs or XP emulation mode, and that card reader is junk. This is the one I use: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($431.97 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2281.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Add whatever monitor / keyboard / mouse you want and you're good to go. I don't suggest those things as they're entirely personal preference.
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July 7, 2012 7:15:12 PM

I thought of going with the I7 3930 but decided not to based on some stuff I read somewhere that was saying the jump 4 cores to 6 would not be significant. I should probably also admit that while I want a fast system, I am hardly a pro. I didn't think I would be missing as much. When $$ allows I was planning to get a different video card. Checking out the card reader now. Since I already bought this I'd be sending almost the whole thing back...ouch!
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July 7, 2012 8:13:37 PM

kellyj525 said:
I thought of going with the I7 3930 but decided not to based on some stuff I read somewhere that was saying the jump 4 cores to 6 would not be significant. I should probably also admit that while I want a fast system, I am hardly a pro. I didn't think I would be missing as much. When $$ allows I was planning to get a different video card. Checking out the card reader now. Since I already bought this I'd be sending almost the whole thing back...ouch!


Oh you already bought the system? That looks pretty decent for the most part. I would not have bought Windows 7 Ultimate or that card reader. Good choices on case, PSU, motherboard, and CPU.

You could probably add a second Fire Pro and Crossfire it, and get about the same performance as the V5900.
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July 7, 2012 9:10:32 PM

Cool...thank you. I think I will forget the card reader, and just put the other one on my old computer.
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