$1200-1500 Tower only Photography computer (USA)


I m looking to purchase/ build a computer by september 12th, 2012 for the purpose of heavy photography managing and editing work. The primary programs used will be Lightroom and Photoshop.

1. I've looked at MACs in my budget range and they seem at a significant disadvantage vs. what i can buy/build in the PC market.

2. My primary concerns are with ability to A. handle large PSDs (4-6 gig active files). B. transferring mass data at quick speeds between external drives and internal drives ( don't know if USB3.0 / e sata / or firewire are the best choice for connection speed superiority)
C. Stability.

I plan to use Newegg/tigerdirect to purchase most of my parts unless you guys know of sweet deals from other sources. OS/program costs are not included in budget.

to me

I saw a build i liked, and thought to modify it a bit to use for my purposes. Heres what it looks like:
2 x OCZ Solid 3 SLD3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC
1 x SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
1 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1 x Corsair Graphite Series 600T CC600TM Mid-Tower Gaming Case
1 x ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
1 x HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
1 x CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active ...
1 x Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics ...
1 x CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
1 x G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans
2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-

I could really use suggestions as far as the correct route to building a PC for my purposes. I haven't built anything in about 10 years and am a bit behind on technology. I currently use a laptop with a first generation i5 processor at appx 2.3 ghz(its sitting at home, but pretty sure thats close). 4 gigs of ram, 1gb nvidia 340m i believe, and am looking for a significant boost in speed on all ends.
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    i am assuming you will do some overclocking on this system. if you dont need the overclocking, you can get a i7 3770 and take out the CPU cooler

    if you want to hackintosh, you can go to apple and get mac os on a usb stick and run the system on that.
  2. take into account GPU acceleration for the programs you intend to use as well.
  3. Thanks Big Troll, that gives me a place to really shop well.

    DrPhil, how do i take account of GPU acceleration. I m not familiar with the best card for the job, i went for the price range and ram amount - but not sure how photoshop utilizes this stuff.
  4. GPU aceleration is basically using the GPU to do some of the workload such as rendering 2d and 3d objects/images.

    nvidia gpus have the advantage since they have CUDA which is used by many programs. if you think you need CUDA, you can get a gtx670 from gigabyte and use that. try rendering things on the CPU first and then decide if you need the GPU to help out with the tasks

    if you need more info about this, you can ask the guys over at the GPU section. they specialize at that stuff. we here just give you all the necessary info to get your rig started up
  5. Thanks, Will give them a try.
  6. Best answer selected by DevinderSodhi.
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