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£1500 PC for Photo Editing Workflow I need your advice!

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January 22, 2012 9:26:07 PM

Hi folks,

I am new to this so don’t be offended if I don’t have the technical Knowledge that you guys/girl poses, I am looking to do my first ever build for a photo editing pc my budget is £1500,

I would mainly be using it with Programs such as Photoshop CS5/Adobe Lightroom/general internet maybe movies with a Dual screen setup I may add a 3rd screen Space permitting.



Purchase date: I am looking to purchase parts in the next 2 weeks or so.



Parts that are not required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors



Preferred Websites: Scan, Amazon,Ebuyer I am open to suggestions?



Country: UK



Parts Preferences: Sandy bridge i5 2500k/i7 2600k, Full tower case I have looked at the NZXT phantom, Graphics: 2x HD Radeon 6950's



Overclocking: Maybe



SLI or Crossfire: Yes



Monitor Resolution: I have 2 Dell 23inch IPS screens UltraSharp U2312HM - I got them on a deal


P.s I would like room for future improvements if required Thank you for your time I look forward to your Suggestions







January 23, 2012 1:18:36 AM

This is what i have come up with so far!


Case - NZXT Phantom Full Tower - £105 Including Vat and Delivery

http://www.ebuyer.com/256060-exdisplay-nzxt-phantom-whi...


MOBO - ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe/GEN3 - £188.01 Inc Vat and Delivery

http://www.ebuyer.com/291653-asus-p8z68-deluxe-gen3-int...



CPU: Intel i5 2500k - £172.55 Inc Vat and Delivery

http://www.ebuyer.com/251596-intel-core-i5-2500k-3-3ghz...

Intel i7 2600k - £245.57 Inc Vat and Delivery

http://www.ebuyer.com/252535-intel-core-i7-2600k-3-4ghz...


Cooler - Noctua NH -U12P £49.89

http://www.ebuyer.com/147097-noctua-nh-u12p-se2-intel-l...


RAM - Corsair Vengence 8gb £68.97 or 16gb £137.97 at 1866MHZ

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9-DDR3-V...


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ16GX3M4X1866C9R-Veng...


PSU - CORSAIR AX 1200 GOLD SERIES £218.96

http://www.ebuyer.com/225184-corsair-professional-serie...


SSD for OS - 3 choices Crucial M4 120GB, Kingston Hyper X 120gb, OCZ Vertex 3 any ideas which 1?


Graphics - any suggestions i would like to run 2 graphics cards


OS - Window 7 Ultimate Full Edition £165



There is room for improvement.... please let me know what you think or suggestions thanks.





January 23, 2012 2:02:14 AM

SSD go for crucial, only brand i recommend of those 3, for graphics card you can run 2 6950's (2GB) in Crossfire and it will serve you well on whatever program you use and with dual monitor in your resolution, 8gb ram is good enough but if you do really heavy stuff then go with 16gb, the PSU is amazing, go use it, you can never go wrong with that and it's open for future upgrades or changes. overall your good already
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January 23, 2012 2:29:17 PM

Thank you for your advice.


The only reason i thought i would get the 1200 PSU is i thought it would come handy in the near future for any upgrades, the question on graphics cards i was looking into the Nvidia cards but the only issue i have is the connections, the dell monitors i have purchased have the below connections would i need to get some sort of adaptor to make them work with the Nvidia cards. I know the AMD radeons have Display port as stand as 1 off the connections


1 Digital Visual Interface connectors (DVI-D) with HDCP
1 DisplayPort (DP)
1 Video Graphics Array (VGA)
1 USB 2.0 upstream port
4 USB 2.0 downstream ports


What Nvidia card would you recommend in SLI
January 23, 2012 2:31:07 PM

Tavo_Nova said:
SSD go for crucial, only brand i recommend of those 3, for graphics card you can run 2 6950's (2GB) in Crossfire and it will serve you well on whatever program you use and with dual monitor in your resolution, 8gb ram is good enough but if you do really heavy stuff then go with 16gb, the PSU is amazing, go use it, you can never go wrong with that and it's open for future upgrades or changes. overall your good already



By the way which CPU should i go for.
January 24, 2012 8:02:21 AM

2500k is the bang for buck cpu but if you can take the full advantage of hyperthreading then 2600k
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