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New Build for Photo Editing Secondary Gaming Unit 1.5k 2k budget

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January 4, 2013 5:04:40 PM

Hello everyone, it's been 5+ years since I built my last computer so I need some help getting up to date with the newest tech.

I'm looking to build a new computer from scratch that can do photo editing, but I do game sometimes. Mainly MMO or RTS, not FPS. I am running Dual Monitors. I use photoshop, and I want to do panoramic stitching, but working with a lot of images would bog down my computer computer, so I haven't done it yet. Hopefully this new rig will last me about 5+ plus again because that's how often I build these things.

Looking to start off with a Intel Core i7-3930K core, but you can suggest otherwise. I need an SSD, with 2 HD running raid 0. Later on I'll have a external enclosure running a raid 1 (will do this later so not in this budget). I will need something that can run 2 monitors, but an option to add more later on is a plus but not necessary.

Budget is $1500-$2000 (I can boost budget a little more if it is worth the cost)

If you can recommend a $1500 and a $2000 build I'd appreciate it.

Thanks for any help.
January 4, 2013 5:22:25 PM

are you dead set X79 and 3930K? you could save some money going 1155 and 3770k but you would get 2 less cores. also the video card you could spend less but that's up to you. 16GB for quad channel and i know the newest photoshop will use as much ram as you have.

do you need an os? are you planning to overclock? i guess it doesn't matter with the 3930k because it doesn't come with a cpu fan. you could buy a more expensive case.

are you dead set X79 and 3930K? you could save some money going 1155 and 3770k but you would get 2 less cores. also the video card you could spend less but that's up to you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($203.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1563.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 14:15 EST-0500)
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January 4, 2013 5:40:51 PM

I need an OS, but it doesn't need to be part of the build. Not dead set on the processor. I don't plan on overclocking.

I don't think that build will work since I need something with 2 hdmi ports for dual monitors.
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January 4, 2013 5:50:59 PM

Any recommendations on crossfire or sli set ups? Looks like I'm probably going to be in the $2k range.
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January 4, 2013 5:56:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.33 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1895.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 14:55 EST-0500)
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January 4, 2013 6:01:18 PM

Haven't noticed any problems with my crossfire set up currently for photoshop. What would you do with a 3770k ( just in case I decide to overclocking later).
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January 4, 2013 6:05:17 PM

1- You definitely need that CPU & overclocked it will help you get your rendering and processing filters done faster, faster than the 3770K. Adobe applications are Multi-threaded hungry ones.

2- The Caviar blues are reliable for RAID 0 setups make sure you get a schedule backup as data loss are more likely to happen anytime.

3- The Ghz edition is the fastest GPU around, so no need to get 2 mid range cards in CF or SLI since you're not mainly gaming and since it's less trouble with a single powerful GPU, besides the cooperation between Adobe and AMD is interesting.
http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/amd-and-adob...
http://blogs.amd.com/fusion/2012/04/24/adobe-and-amd-en...
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January 4, 2013 6:05:55 PM

http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-cs6-gpu-f...

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Are you using more than one video card?

Multiple video adapters can cause problems with GPU-accelerated or enabled features in Photoshop. It's best to connect two (or more) monitors into one video adapter. If you have to use more than one video adapter, make sure that they are the same make and model.
Otherwise, crashes and other problems can occur in Photoshop.

Note: Using more than one video adapter does not enhance Photoshop's performance.

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January 4, 2013 6:10:38 PM

The monitors don't even have to be connected with adapters, any monitor that has HDMI will at least have a DVI port, if it doesn't it will have a Mini or Full DisplayPort.
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January 4, 2013 6:14:50 PM

Thanks for the info... Guess I was lucky I don't have any problems. I have 2 of the same video cards. However the current set up was built for gaming and not photo editing. I'll listen to your advice and stick with one.

Wish we had a microcenter near here, much cheaper processors. Haven't heard of ncix company, are they reliable. I used newegg and amazon primarily for my last build.
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January 4, 2013 6:21:50 PM

you can always add another later on. even if it was for gaming i would get 1 first and see if you actually needed the 2nd. yes. ncix is a large online computer retailer.
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January 4, 2013 6:25:29 PM

By the way thanks for all the help.
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January 4, 2013 6:27:48 PM

ilysaml said:
The monitors don't even have to be connected with adapters, any monitor that has HDMI will at least have a DVI port, if it doesn't it will have a Mini or Full DisplayPort.

not true. it has dsub but you would still need a converter.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 4, 2013 6:32:57 PM

N0D0S said:
Is this a good hd? Currently on sale for $100 after coupon http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

don't see why not its 7200 RPM. if you look at seagate reviews they tend to have more DOA's and failed drives. but then again western digital isn't much better. just don't buy hitachi.
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January 4, 2013 6:42:23 PM

how do you know what monitor he has? just cause it has hdmi doesn't mean it has display port or dvi.
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January 4, 2013 7:46:07 PM

jonjonjon said:
how do you know what monitor he has? just cause it has hdmi doesn't mean it has display port or dvi.

One more time for the slow; I said "At Least". The point was that you haven't added anything interesting enough to quote me.
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January 4, 2013 10:34:13 PM

What do you think about the gtx 680 vs 7970? Since my main use is Adobe wouldn't Cuda be more beneficial?
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January 5, 2013 2:48:13 AM

jonjonjon said:
at least 1080? and there are plenty of monitors out there without dvi and displayport.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Plenty?
Ok, here are 35 "ASUS" Monitors of 1080P LCD/LED not "IPS" that supports both HDMI and DVI, you just searched hard and found two?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
VGA over 1080P? VGA output lags in 1080P anyway, it will be fine for you starting from 1024*768 to 1600x900 resolution, up from that some reported lag of RGB colors accuracy and sharpness in the pic quality, it's still analog.

One last time, the point was talking about the standards.
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January 5, 2013 3:01:45 AM

i don't have a clue what you are talking about. you found a monitor that has dvi and hdmi. my mind is blown. did i ever say that monitors can't have both hmdi and dvi?

standards? is there some standard saying all monitors that have hdmi also have dvi or displayport? you told the op that his monitor has dvi or displayport because it has hdmi without knowing what monitor he had. you are clearly wrong and every time you change what you said. i don't know why we are still discussing this.

need more?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspxItem=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspxItem=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 5, 2013 4:47:04 AM

How does this build look?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($253.93 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ B&H)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($247.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($457.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2020.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 01:46 EST-0500)
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January 5, 2013 5:04:20 AM

Sorry wrong RAM
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January 5, 2013 5:18:36 AM

Looking for 1600 ram.
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January 5, 2013 2:42:02 PM

jonjonjon said:
1-i don't have a clue what you are talking about. you found a monitor that has dvi and hdmi. my mind is blown. did i ever say that monitors can't have both hmdi and dvi?

standards? is there some standard saying all monitors that have hdmi also have dvi or displayport? 2-you told the op that his monitor has dvi or displayport because it has hdmi without knowing what monitor he had. 3-you are clearly wrong and every time you change what you said. i don't know why we are still discussing this.

1- I'm talking about the Majority that do have HDMI port, have also a DVI port included, did you get it?
If you're kinda fool and slow-motion understanding, I listed 35 ASUS monitors that include HDMI and HDMI, not 1 monitor from Acer, one from LG, one from Dell like you did. List at least 30 monitors from dell that are 1080P and only Have HDMI without DVI and I'll admit that I'm wrong. If you can't understand this so STFU.

2- Because of the majority.

3- It's not my problem that you can't understand English.
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