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Pc configuration advice

Last response: in Systems
November 12, 2012 7:41:23 PM

I'm a graphic designer and I need to upgrade my pc to get a faster speed.
I work with large format file.
this is my current system.
I don't mind paying for something that can help me save time.
Please let me know what I can upgrade to get a faster speed.

Power Supply ( 650 Watt -- Power Supply )
Processor ( [New !!] Intel® Core™ i7 920 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache) )
Processor Cooling ( Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit )
Motherboard ( Asus P6T SE Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Triple PCI-E MB )
Memory ( 16 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1333 )
Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce 9400GT 1GB w/DVI + TV Out Video )
Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA )
2nd Hard Drive (500 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache])
External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] ( None )
CD/DVD Drive ( None )
CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( [** Special !!! ***] LG 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black )
Sound Card ( 5 IN 1 )

Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )

Monitor ( LCD Monitor [--- Special ---] 20.1" LCD 16:10 Wide WSXGA HD(HDCP) Monitor Support DVI Video up to 1080P(HDMI) )

USB 2.0 Accessories ( Built-in USB 2.0 Ports )
Operating System ( Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit )
External Wireless Network Adapter ( LinkSys WUSB54G 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless USB Adapter )

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November 12, 2012 7:57:10 PM

did you overclock your 920 yet? free way to get more performance

id also overclock the video card but its not as much of a gain.

if you are looking for a rebuild, heres what i would do

-keep the power supply if its a decent brand such as from corsair or seasonic
-keep the ram. 1333mhz is still good
-cooler doesnt work since the mounting system from 1366 is different from 1155 sockets. unless you somehow have a set of 1156 mounting brackets
-you can still salvage the hard drives but i added a SSD boost system performance
-included a quadro card as its the GPU that does most of the graphical work.

heres the parts

and get the xeon. no overclocking but way cheaper than a i7 thats the same thing
November 12, 2012 8:03:20 PM

why did you suggest PNY Quadro 4000 2GB Video Card? I don't do video.
I only work with adobe creative suite but mostly for print.
Do I really need to get a expensive graphic card?
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November 12, 2012 8:21:16 PM

quadro cards for graphical work in 3d environments. 2d should be about the same.

well a gaming card isnt the best for work as drivers are not designed for work. they will still do the job but will not be as good as the quadro counterparts

if you just want a video card and get things over, id get something like a 560ti or a gtx 660ti. 560ti for computing power and the 660ti for if you just need a lot of CUDA cores
November 18, 2012 6:37:53 PM

What if I just overclock this PC? Do I Need to upgrade anything else to get faster speed?

Does it make any difference working with win vista or win7?

I'm also considering to build a new fast PC. Please give you suggestion.
November 18, 2012 7:11:14 PM

look at my build. should provide all the info you need