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hey everyone, I have a pretty exiting build I have to do that needs to be specifically designed for editing large Photoshop documents (5GB and larger)
she needs an extremely fast scratch disk I'm guessing SSD, and 8GB or more of ram.
right now she has a precision workstation 390 with 4GB of ram an e6600 processor and a raid array with 2x 15K rpm hard drives (some LSI raid controller) and some nvidia quadro workstation graphics card. she explained how the machine was extremely expensive at the time and the only part she didn't cpec at the highest settings were the processor and the RAM.

I have a budget of $1,500 no monitor or other external accessories are needed.

last time I did a build I made a lot of mistakes, so this time I'm guing to build it with the community and slowly add parts as I get help from my fellow OCNers

she says as a minimum spec it needs a quad core and needs to have at least 8GB of ram

I'm really excited to get started

probably going to start by putting up an evga board, as that was the only part I picked correctly last time hehe
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Item List:

SSD: 1 x ($249.99) SSD 128G|CRUCIAL CT128M4SSD2CCA R
$249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148448


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PSU:
1 x ($119.99) PSU CORSAIR| CMPSU-650HX 650W RT
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139012

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Case:
1 x ($139.99) SRV CHAS SUPERMICRO|CSE-732I-500B R
$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811152168

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CPU:
1 x ($314.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I7 2600K 3.4G 8M R
$314.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115070

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Optical Drive:
1 x ($20.99) DVD BURN LG | GH24LS70 R
$20.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136228

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Motherboard:
1 x ($199.99) MB EVGA|130-SB-E675-K P67 LGA1155 R
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188073

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Video Card:
1 x ($179.99) VGA PNY|VCQFX580-PCIE-PB FX580 RT
$179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188073

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RAM:
1 x ($109.99) MEM 4Gx4|G.SKIL F3-10666CL9Q-16GBXL
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231441

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Magnetic Storage:
2 x ($59.99) HD 1T|SAMSUNG HD103SJ 32M 7K % - OEM
$119.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

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Drawing Tablet:
1 x ($349.99) TABLET WACOM | INTUOS4 MEDIUM R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823100052

Total Amount:
$1850.17

total without tablet: $1500.18
18 cents over my budget!

(yay shipping)
Edited by bobaffett - 8/8/11 at 7:17am
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My advice is to start with:
*16GB of RAM, 4x4GB. This is below 100$, at these prices it's the best possible thing for a Photoshop build
*128GB Crucial M4 SSD. At about 200$ this is one of the cheapest and fastest SSD you can buy. 128GB to be big enough for the OS and a scratch drive/partition.
*2x2TB WD Caviar black on that LSI controller in RAID-0 for storage - another 150$
*Nvidia 550Ti - abou 120$ it's CUDA compatible and could help the CPU a bit when using some filters in CS5/CS4

For a Photoshop build I tend to focus more on storage and memory, but the rest is also important so far storage + video = 570$

It leaves enough for:
*Intel Core i7 2600K about 300$ (Quad & HT enabled) the fastest CPU you can buy
*A P67 or Z68 motherboard like the Asus P8P67Pro review here another 200$
*Power supply the Corsair HX 650 about 80$
*Case Corsair Obsidian 650D review here for 150$

Total 1300$

Other refinements like a silent cooler and silent fans could add another 100$ but they're worth it on the long term.
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post #4 of 42
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My advice is to start with:
*16GB of RAM, 4x4GB. This is below 100$, at these prices it's the best possible thing for a Photoshop build
*128GB Crucial M4 SSD. At about 200$ this is one of the cheapest and fastest SSD you can buy. 128GB to be big enough for the OS and a scratch drive/partition.
*2x2TB WD Caviar black on that LSI controller in RAID-0 for storage - another 150$
*Nvidia 550Ti - abou 120$ it's CUDA compatible and could help the CPU a bit when using some filters in CS5/CS4

For a Photoshop build I tend to focus more on storage and memory, but the rest is also important so far storage + video = 570$

It leaves enough for:
*Intel Core i7 2600K about 300$ (Quad & HT enabled) the fastest CPU you can buy
*A P67 or Z68 motherboard like the Asus P8P67Pro review here another 200$
*Power supply the Corsair HX 650 about 80$
*Case Corsair Obsidian 650D review here for 150$

Total 1300$

Other refinements like a silent cooler and silent fans could add another 100$ but they're worth it on the long term.
wow! that was awesome can you do it again?


lolz, thanks a ton! I'll go look at all the awesome parts and add them to the list.

and since I have ya for a sec, would going LGA 1366 be worth it to support more ram?
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I would go with 1155, SB build. You can if you want OC the chip a little for her while still staying on air.

- Intel 2500k or 2600k
- Asus P8P67 or similar board (no need to go Z for her build)
- 16 GB of memory (don't need more than that, plus its like $100-$150)
- SSD are EXPENSIVE for anything of size, if she needs fast go with a raptor drive and 3 of them so you can run RAID 5 for her.
- 2 x 2 TB hard drives for storage only so you can go with slower drives to save some cash.
- Video card is wide open, prices are so cheap now you can SLI or Xfire for her, while I think that is not needed it is an option.
Edited by Sc4r3d - 8/4/11 at 8:39am
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and since I have ya for a sec, would going LGA 1366 be worth it to support more ram?
NO, not worth it.
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would it be a bad idea to get two SSD's have one for OS and designate one for scratch?

I'm concerned the scratch will kill an ssd
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I wouldn't use SSD at this time, the cost is not worth it IMO.
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I wouldn't use SSD at this time, the cost is not worth it IMO.
the problem is she wants to have a scratch disk that is extremely fast. and hard drives just cant cut it for this =\\
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I wouldn't use SSD at this time, the cost is not worth it IMO.
I don't understand this reasoning. When you can get a decent 64GB for ~$100, that's a relatively small price for the noticeable increase in performance. It's enough space for the OS and programs, and it's easy to push the rest onto a traditional drive.

Regarding the use of a SSD for her PS scratch drive, I think it would last longer than you might think. That being said, I'd opt for extra RAM to reduce the writes to the SSD if you choose that route. Then just grab a cheap 32/40GB SSD for scratch.
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