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Photgraphers New Build

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July 10, 2012 8:17:32 PM

Hi all, I'm looking to a new build for my start-up photography business, and having spent many years processing on a painfully slow computer (P4, 2.67MHz) with 250MB TIFF's (a single layer), it's time to get moving at a faster pace.

The system will be very software streamlined, as I only relly need photoshop CS6 (with Nik complete plugins (maybe I'll use HDR a bit more)), and Capture 1 Pro 6.

My main request from the system is speed and reliabilty (I see no reason for any upgrade for many years).

After many hours of research this is my suggestion......

i7-3820
P9x79 WS
Quadro 2000
Samsung SSD 830 64Gb x4 (OS, CS6 install, scratch disk and working files)
8x8GB Dominator DDR3 Quad 1600MHz
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme
Bitfenix Shinobi XL
XFX Pro 850w

Will replace all stock fans (plus extras) with 7xScythe Gentle Typhon 120mm and 1xScythe Kaze Maru 140mm 1900rpm exhaust.

I know I may be going over board with cooling but I really want to maintain the lifespan of my components.

Will be using Win 7 ultimate (had thought of XP 64bit but have read drivers can be hard to find for latest hardware!?!?).

Any opinons regarding any of the above would be greatly appreciated.

Also, of the four drives, which should be asigned to the 6GB ports for the best overall working setup?

Thanks, Scott.

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July 10, 2012 8:58:58 PM

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Will replace all stock fans (plus extras) with 7xScythe Gentle Typhon 120mm and 1xScythe Kaze Maru 140mm 1900rpm exhaust.


Seems like kind of a waste - you can only have as many fans as you have mounts for.

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Will be using Win 7 ultimate (had thought of XP 64bit but have read drivers can be hard to find for latest hardware!?!?).


XP 64 is pretty much a moot point anymore now that 7 Pro and Ultimate have XP emulation mode. 7 Pro covers everything you need, don't waste money on Ultimate if you don't need the extra features.

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Also, of the four drives, which should be asigned to the 6GB ports for the best overall working setup?


That storage setup is a bit redundant - you only need one SSD to act as your primary, putting 4 in RAID 5 will set them up for failure far more than running separate drives will. Use your 2 TB for everything else.

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Any opinons regarding any of the above would be greatly appreciated.


The Dominator RAM will make working with coolers incredibly difficult. And you won't notice much speed increase using anything beyond 1600MHz. I also wouldn't waste money on that closed liquid loop either - especially given that Thermaltake is really not the best you can get for your money. On a business build you want no room for error and you certainly don't want to spend any of your overhead on new PC components if you can help it.

Here's an X79 build I'd suggest:

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: Mushkin Silverline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($137.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5800 1GB Video Card ($386.97 @ 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)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2270.71
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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