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Suggest me components for a new Graphic Design PC.

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September 23, 2012 7:18:36 AM

I'm a student of Multimedia and Animation. I plan to build a workstation.

1. What is the purpose of the computer?

Ans: My work mostly comprises of 3D Rendering and Modelling in 3D Studio Max 2013 and Maya 2013. The other software I use are : Adobe After Effects CS5, Adobe Premier Pro CS5, Combustion 2008, Adobe Audition, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Flash CS5 and Corel Draw X5.
I do not intend to take up very highly (ultra high-level, i mean) complex 3D modelling at this moment.

Almost no gaming on this machine and if any then it will be only Need For Speed (Most Wanted, Carbon and the newer ones).

2. What is the overall budget?

Ans: around 40,000 to 50,000 INR

3. Planning to overclock?

Ans: I don't think so. I don't think that my job will require over-clocking.

4. Which Operating System am I planning to use?

Ans: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and Ubuntu Studio.

5. Which components I DON'T want to buy or which components I already have and plan on reusing?

Ans: an AOC 23 inch monitor, a 1 TB external HDD, Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu Studio and an iBall Graphic Tablet.

6. When am I planning to buy the system?

Ans: In a month

7. Have I ever built a desktop before or will this be done by an assembler?

Ans: I've never built a desktop before, this will be done by an assembler.

8. Where do I live? Are I buying locally? Am I open to buying stuff from online shops if you don't get locally?

Ans: Kolkata (India).
I'm buying mostly locally.
Yes I'm open to purchasing online.


I've read many forums and Intel i7 3770K appears to be everyone's choice. But i can't think up of a configuration using i7 3770K below 50K INR.
Will server components like Intel Xeon come within my budget and also meet my needs ?
About the Graphics card : If my budget doesn't allow (or my work doesn't need ) a professional graphic card (like Quadro or FirePro), I'm very much open to ideas of soft-modding it.


Thank you.
September 23, 2012 4:59:42 PM

The problem you have is one of reasonable speed, on your budget. Really quad core i7 is a MINIMUM. Hex core is justified for a high workload. You also need a decent standard of workstation graphics, to give both good speed and durability, for a high workload. In all honesty, a budget of 200,000 Rps, would not be excessive. The only way to put together something to run your software, at all sensibly, would be with a fairly basic i5 CPU, and a decent Fermi graphics card like GTX 570, or even 470. That would WORK, but would be substantially slower, than a better system. The problem is knowing/quantifying HOW SLOW. I'm not even sure Indian prices would allow you to do that.
September 23, 2012 8:22:16 PM

@malbluff :

considering my present budget and your suggestion for a hex core processor, will an AMD Phenom II X6 1100T or an AMD FX 8150 be any good for me ?

Also I was considering to buy a Zotac GTX 560Ti graphics card. IS it any good ?
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September 23, 2012 9:01:38 PM

Unfortunately AMD aren't really very good with Photoshop. Even their basic cores aren't as good as those of Intel, plus the i7 cores are each divided into two threads, which Photoshop uses as mini-cores. So, in effect, an i7 quad core works as 8 mini-cores, and i7 hex core as 12 mini cores. I have no actual figures for the performance of an 8 core AMD in CS6, but suspect it's no better than an Intel i5. I suspect that your best solution, to get reasonable performance, on a tight budget, would be an i5, with built in HD4000 graphics, for processing, and very modest gaming; and a cheap Quadro to provide graphic accelation, for rendering. I doubt, with local prices, that is going to come in budget, but it's the only way I can see to really get near it, AND some sort of performance. To be honest, the best place for advice, on this sort of thing, is Adobe's own forum. This is very much on the edge of my expertise, and don't want to give you bad advice. They're very good, on there, and may have a simple solution. What I can't do, is really quantify speeds etc.
September 23, 2012 9:14:23 PM

Building a capable workstation will be a little tight on your budget, but possible. You don't need to spend 200,000 Rps.

Here's what I think will work, with the understanding that you'll probably have to find equivalent parts if you're buying locally in India. Also, when you say it will be assembled for you, do you mean via a website or friend? Will you have the flexibility to select all the parts yourself, or will you be limited to what's being offered at a boutique store?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
Notes: The i7 you specified is a good choice obviously, but you're right that it's difficult to fit into your budget. i5s perform very closely to i7s (the earlier Sandy Bridge i7s have typically been about 15% better than the Sandy Bridge i5s, while being approximately 25% more expensive), plus this i5 is quad core. I think this is a great choice.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Notes: I think you'll benefit from a non-stock CPU cooler with the workloads you'll be doing.

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
Notes: 8GB is capable, but it's easy to upgrade to 16GB down the line.

Video Card: PNY Quadro FX 1800 768MB Video Card ($414.98 @ Amazon)
Notes: You pay a premium for workstation graphics cards, and gaming cards are capable (and more affordable) alternatives. However, the software in workstation cards is highly optimized for rendering in the kinds of programs you're using, and that's what you pay extra for: users with gaming cards often report slowdown and persistent rendering glitches. This is a case where being optimized for specific kinds of tasks really makes a huge difference.

Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.57 @ Amazon)
Notes: This can be any case of your choice, really.

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.98 @ Newegg)
Notes: Same deal here, though I recommend Seasonic if possible.

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Total: $983.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 16:50 EDT-0400)

A little over your budget range, but it's obviously an approximation since the price will differ quite a bit since you're buying locally in India.
September 23, 2012 9:41:48 PM

That's the sort of line I was thinking. Trouble is, whilst I don't know how that will price up, in India, I suspect it may be heading towards twice OP's budget, and still won't give stellar performance. For REAL performance, you want to be thinking i7-3930K and, perhaps Quadro 4000, hence my fancifull budget figure. I suspect OP is going to have to go something similar to the above, possibly with an even lower Quadro. My problem is, I don't have the specialist knowledge, to quantify the effect of these "downgrades", for OP.
September 23, 2012 11:25:36 PM

Thank you Malbluff......I'll surely look for some answers in Adobe's forums.

Illumina....I've the flexibility to select all the parts myself and the PC will be assembled at the local store. Thank you for your suggested configuration.

It is quite evident that my budget being very low won't help me choose REAL PERFORMING parts, but i'll keep both of your advises in mind when I'll finally choose the parts.

Thank You.

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