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Photoshop cs6 Computer Build

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December 15, 2012 4:14:49 PM

Hello

I am looking to build a new pc that will be used primarily for Photoshop cs6 and some video editing in after effects too. A third priority would be Microsoft Flight Simulator.

I have come up with the following build so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sBSD

Budget: $1400

I do get a compatibility issue with the site, but I do not know which case to add.

Thanks for the assistance.
December 18, 2012 5:00:27 AM

Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($60.01 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($24.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1387.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 01:55 EST-0500)

Don't worry about that little compatibility issue. It's just letting you know that the case you've chosen doesn't have front USB 3.0 ports. This just means you'll have to plug those devices that support USB 3.0 into the back of your computer rather than the front. It's no big deal.

Hopefully I didn't bust the budget too bad. If so, then just drop the CPU cooler in favor of the Hyper 212 Evo. Also, make sure you grab the i7 3770K, not just the regular i7 3770. This will allow you to overclock in the future if you so desire. I also picked out the GTX 670 since you stated you'll be messing around quite a bit in Adobe. NVidia's Cuda cores should help tremendously in these programs.

One more thing, if you want, you can get a 2x8gb kit of RAM instead of the 4x4gb kit. This will allow you to keep some RAM slots open for future upgrades. Who knows, maybe you'll want to upgrade your RAM to 32gb sometime in the future. Just make sure that the RAM you choose is low profile, meaning it has very short heat spreaders. This way, you won't run into clearance issues with your CPU cooler and RAM.

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
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December 18, 2012 4:06:43 PM

Thx for the amazing response. But you did not include a power supply. This is already included in the case?

thanks.
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December 18, 2012 5:01:49 PM

No, forgot about that part. My bad.

Here ya go...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1332.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 14:00 EST-0500)

Was there any reason why you included a sound card in your build? The motherboard already comes with some stellar on-board audio.
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December 19, 2012 3:14:37 PM

Thanks again for all your help. I removed the audio card :) 

lol. What the hell do I know anyway!

I decided to cut costs a little bit as in Canadian funds and with shipping, it was a bit much. The total actual price with shipping for the following build is $1326.20 Canadian, which is pretty good.

I decided to go with the cheaper i5 and I probably will not need to overclock the cpu.

As for the video card, the gtx660 is cheaper and offers the same performance in photoshop cs6, as per these benchmarks. So I decided to go for this cheaper card.

Finally, the samsung ssd was not available from many merchants, as per pcpartpicker, so I added the crucial m4 instead.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.67 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.80 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.99 @ Computer Valley)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($81.06 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.97 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1122.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-19 12:13 EST-0500)
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December 19, 2012 3:31:47 PM

I would grab the i5 3570K instead of the regular version, just in case you do decide to try overclocking in the future. It's a neat and useful feature to have.

Otherwise, it looks like a solid system. You did an excellent job.
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