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October 31, 2012 4:57:51 PM

This is my proposed Photoshop CS6

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m2U2

Any recommended changes?
The two HDDs will be in Raid 1 backup.
October 31, 2012 8:11:10 PM

needs a lot of changes

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m45v

-350w wont cut it
-7750 isnt going to photoshop very well
-green drives are slow
-cheaper case yet more features
-much better motherboard
-you dont need raid 1

honestly, id save for 1000 but if you have to use this level of a budget, that is what i would get
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October 31, 2012 9:15:29 PM

TheBigTroll said:
needs a lot of changes

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m45v

-350w wont cut it
-7750 isnt going to photoshop very well
-green drives are slow
-cheaper case yet more features
-much better motherboard
-you dont need raid 1

honestly, id save for 1000 but if you have to use this level of a budget, that is what i would get

I have a 300w i3-2120/hd 7750 rig that hasn't had any problems.
I chose green drives because they are for storage not speed.
I chose the case for airflow but I'm open to suggestions.
What does that motherboard give that the old one didn't?
Whats a better alternative to raid 1?
The budget is flexible and I could probably do $900, but thats about it.
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October 31, 2012 9:30:08 PM

disagree on the 7750 won't photoshop well:

Article below shows that once you get about $100 worth of card, extra gpu budget does not result in significant extra photoshop performance. .

http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Photosh...

But I do think you can get a 7770 for a very minor increase over the 7750, and offer greater gaming performance (and perhaps minimal photoshop benefits).

It will potentially require a fan (if you were sent on a fanless 7750 for a silent pc).

I would agree that I would get the standard drive over the green drive. They are about same price, and the standard model drives do not waste significantly more energy or noise over green drives anymore.

Speed is not a concern, as i assume you'll use the SSD as your active workspace, and the HDD just for inactive storage.

You may want to consider a 256gb ssd, and then a single 2TB HDD drive.

If you wanted backup, do realize that even RAID1 only protects from disk failure, and won't save you if your house burns down.
In this day and age with the internet, it is feasible to afford and do off-site backup to the"cloud" instead which will also save you from physical destruction.
But yea, if you wanted to keep it local and you don't have good internetz, RAID1 i suppose.


I think the psu is fine, seasonic is a top tier psu company, so their wattage ratings are true. although you can get a slightly more powerful one for not much more. If you have a beefier PSU, then it will be running at a lower load% most of the time. Doesn't make a practical difference, but it will mean that the PSU won't have the fan on all the time.

A 600watt PSU running at 30% load will likely be silent, versus a 300watt specced PSU at 80%.
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October 31, 2012 9:54:31 PM

Do have a check over at the Photoshop/Adobe forums for more specific advice.

Do make sure that your PSU will give you headroom for any changes you might make in the future (a Corsair builder 500W, non modular is a very economic deal, for example). Also, cuda acceleration is well supported by Adobe so you might want to consider an NVIDIA card (perhaps not the 600 series since their cuda implementation has been reduced compared to the 500 series, for example). However, do make sure that the cuda accelerated features/plugins are ones you will get good use out of (back to Adobe forums for more info). I tend to backup critical data onto an offline HDD.

However, these changes aren't critical.

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October 31, 2012 11:31:27 PM

If you are into PS, then I will recommend at least a quadro for your card if you have $$
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October 31, 2012 11:45:49 PM

nacos said:
I have a 300w i3-2120/hd 7750 rig that hasn't had any problems.
I chose green drives because they are for storage not speed.
I chose the case for airflow but I'm open to suggestions.
What does that motherboard give that the old one didn't?
Whats a better alternative to raid 1?
The budget is flexible and I could probably do $900, but thats about it.


well if the 7200rpm drives are better and faster and cheaper, whats the point of green drives
they are both good cases with the antec one being better since it uses a newer case design that that 300 doesnt have
i just back up but really hard drives dont fail that often
if it was 900, i would stretch for a firepro or quadro card
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October 31, 2012 11:59:06 PM

TheBigTroll said:
well if the 7200rpm drives are better and faster and cheaper, whats the point of green drives



Before when 7200 drives first came out, they needed a differentiating factor to keep selling 5400 drives. The 5400 drives were quieter and less hot.

Now the tradeoff is negligable. So a lot of it is historical reasons that are no longer applicable.
I think seagate said that when they dropped their "green" line:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/seagate-barracuda-desk...
http://www.tomshardware.com/us/sponsored/Seagate-HDD-Ha...

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November 1, 2012 10:49:54 AM

they arent even hot anymore. there is only 2 platters in that drive, meaning less spinning since you have higher densities and less platters to spin
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