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$600 rig for Photoshop. Is Intel too expensive for this?

post #1 of 17
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So I know I will be directed to Microcenter for deals on a 2500k with motherboard, but it's not that easy for me to get to a Microcenter.

I was looking at some options for this rig, it's going to be used specifically for Photoshop and CorelDraw. No gaming and no video encoding. So here's a couple questions and ideas I had:

I doubt I will need to OC, but my inner overclocker says I should anyway since the price difference between an unlocked processor and a regular isn't that much.
Can I get away with built-in visuals and get a z68 board with an HDMI out?
I will want to get at least 8GB or RAM, as this rig will be editing RAWs with many many layers.
If I do need a dedicated graphics card, shall I go AMD with that kind of budget?

Thoughts and comments much appreciated.
post #2 of 17
My MacBook Pro has integrated HD 3000 graphics, it manages photoshop quite well, it will do better than a base GPU (such as a GT430 or 520, etc.) - With Photoshop, the more memory the better, so 8GB would certainly be a starting point, but I would definitely use that as a base and work up from there.

I wouldn't recommend going with an AMD CPU as SB renders and cuts processing time by significant amounts, just check out the synthetic benchmarks.
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Well here's a Phenom II build AMD (Click to show) And heres a SB one Intel (Click to show) Here's a comparison with a similar phenom. Basically the OC performance of the 960T.
Edited by UltraHoboLord - 4/18/12 at 7:14pm
post #4 of 17
Hobo has good suggestions. What version of photoshop will you be running?

IIRC some newer/newest versions of Photoshop can utilize a dedicated GPU to help with rendering
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The Sandy Bridge is a good build but! not the motherboard itself, correct me if i'm wrong but it's a H61 board which DO NOT support overclocking so the i5 2500k is wasted

Plus, the memory is 1600mhz and once again, the mobo only support 1333mhz max, so it's a waste.

I would go for a 8gb of ram. Instead of paying 100$ and more, you would only pay 40-50$, and you could put that money into a better GPU
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Originally Posted by ice-dragoon25 View Post

The Sandy Bridge is a good build but! not the motherboard itself, correct me if i'm wrong but it's a H61 board which DO NOT support overclocking so the i5 2500k is wasted
Plus, the memory is 1600mhz and once again, the mobo only support 1333mhz max, so it's a waste.
I would go for a 8gb of ram. Instead of paying 100$ and more, you would only pay 40-50$, and you could put that money into a better GPU

Well for Photoshop you need that much RAM if your dealing with hundreds of layers. Didn't see the 1333 max on the mobo. 2500k is cheaper then the 2500 so not OC isn't a big deal.
post #7 of 17
With Hobo build, I would swap 2500K with Xeon E3-1230.

Photoshop is all about RAM. Better RAM performance better Photoshop performance.
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post #8 of 17
I don think I have ever read the system requirements for PS. Ram and HDD space for RAW is a must. Besides that a Pentium should work.
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

With Hobo build, I would swap 2500K with Xeon E3-1230.

Photoshop is all about RAM. Better RAM performance better Photoshop performance.
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post #10 of 17
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Thank you for all the replies guys.

Photoshop version to be used will be CS5, with minimal extra plug-ins for now. I understand that the GPU will help render with a dedicated GPU.

I like Intel, but the motherboards that supports 1600mhz and overclocking start to bring up the price when combined with the CPU.

I think 8GBs of RAM is a good place for now, I have 16 on my personal rig and when I do changes on RAWs I don't come near 50% usage.
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