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Hi Everyone,

I know you probably get a billion of these types of topics on here, but I would like to build a new system and I thought I'd come to the OCN experts this time smile.gif

I'll start with the current system I have, which I built about seven years ago...

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CPU: Intel Quad Q6600 (Go-Stepping/2.4 GHz)

MOBO: Gigabyte P35-DS4 (Rev. 2)

CPU Cooling: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme

RAM: GSKILL DDR2 PC6400 (8 Gigs)

GPU: ASUS EN9600GSO GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB

HDD: 2 x SeaGate Barracuda SATA (250GB, 320GB)

External HD: AcomData PureDrive 500 GB USB 2.0/eSATA

Optical HD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST SATA

Power: PCP&C Silencer 610

Case: Ultra m998

Monitors: HP f1905e/KDS (both flat panels, but pretty old)

Speakers: Logitech X530

I'm a freelance illustrator so I use my computer a lot for work. I have the Adobe Creative Suite 6 and I use all those programs on an almost daily basis, so I need a system configured for the best optimal performance of those programs. I also do a lot of multitasking—running the big graphics programs plus having multiple tabs open in my browser with several other things running in the background.

I started searching Google for "best computer setup for graphic designers", but after about an hour of fruitless searching I thought I would come here. I would like to know what components would work best for my new build and if there is any I already have that I could stay with it.

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
I will try to help you out. I'll have a suggestion posted here in about 30mins. Maybe less.

EDIT: The Build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.69 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($161.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($161.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1405.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-28 09:41 EDT-0400)

3770K to power through all your applications and run multiple apps at the same time without hiccup.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo to provide better cooling than stock and room for overclock

Asus P8Z77-V motherboard because of quality

Corsair Vengeance 16GB of RAM to assist with your high memory using applications

Crucial M4 128GB to store applications so they load very quickly.

Seagate Barracuda 2TB to store all data

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 to help with rendering and other graphics related processing

Corsair 300R to serve as an attractive shell for the components

Corsair CX 500W to power it all up

Random Asus DVD drive

2x Asus VS239H-P displays 1920x1080, plenty good for watching movies and IPS displays so much better color reproduction than a TN panel.

I assume that you will be able to reuse your Windows 7 license, if not that puts you at ~$1500.
Edited by 0CALEFACTION0 - 5/28/13 at 6:48am
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LG CD/DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home Premium-64bit 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LG CD/DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home Premium-64bit 
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We need a budget to work with, or we can't suit it for you smile.gif
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 @ 4.5Ghz ASUS Rampage IV Formula X79 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrid @ 1450/1900 Corsair Dominator 16gb @ 2.2GHz C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 500gb 7200RPM 120.5 Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro x64 LG D2343P-BN 3D Monitor @ 70Hz Corsair K70 (MX Brown) Corsair AX Series 850w 
CaseMouseAudio
NZXT Switch 810 Black (Heavily Modded) Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Sennheiser HD 598 Cs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6300 @ 4.5Ghz Gigabyte 970A UD3 AMD HD8490 (OEM) @ 1.1Ghz Core/Mem Patriot Viper Xtreme 8gb @1600MHz 8-8-8-24 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
LiteOn Bluray Player Corsair Hydro Series H100i Zalman 120mm Led Fans x4 Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hitachi 24" 70Hz Monitor Logitech EX110 OCZ ZT 550w Full Modular Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseAudioOther
DELL Wireless Mouse Logitech 5.1 Sound System TP-Link TL-WN781ND Wireless Card 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 @ 4.5Ghz ASUS Rampage IV Formula X79 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrid @ 1450/1900 Corsair Dominator 16gb @ 2.2GHz C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 500gb 7200RPM 120.5 Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro x64 LG D2343P-BN 3D Monitor @ 70Hz Corsair K70 (MX Brown) Corsair AX Series 850w 
CaseMouseAudio
NZXT Switch 810 Black (Heavily Modded) Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Sennheiser HD 598 Cs 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-6300 @ 4.5Ghz Gigabyte 970A UD3 AMD HD8490 (OEM) @ 1.1Ghz Core/Mem Patriot Viper Xtreme 8gb @1600MHz 8-8-8-24 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
LiteOn Bluray Player Corsair Hydro Series H100i Zalman 120mm Led Fans x4 Windows 10 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Hitachi 24" 70Hz Monitor Logitech EX110 OCZ ZT 550w Full Modular Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseAudioOther
DELL Wireless Mouse Logitech 5.1 Sound System TP-Link TL-WN781ND Wireless Card 
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Thanks for the help guys .... budget I would say $1500 to $2000 (hopefully including the monitors, if possible). I should also add that I would like 2 monitors for dual display. I would like one of them to be nice enough to watch movies on when I want to.
Edited by desktop - 5/28/13 at 6:34am
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0CALEFACTION0, thanks for taking the time to compile that list. After searching around I've decided on a few things—I'm going to keep the case (unless a better more cooling efficient one comes along), PSU and CPU cooler (providing Thermalright has a bracket to fit the new CPUs). Holding off for the new Haswell Intel CPUs coming out, paired with one of those new ASUS Z87 mobos. One SSD for the OS and a couple other HDDs for the PC and maybe a decent external storage solution.

For the graphics cards I'm thinking NVIDIA GPU for the CUDA acceleration. NVIDIA graphics cards support accelerating Adobe program's work which is very helpful; AMD graphics cards can do it sort of, although they are not fully supported yet. It is still in the works I think. I'm not a gamer, or an overclocker. I haven't dug into those ASUS monitors yet, but as a professional I don't mind spending a bit more for color-calibrated monitors.
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0CALEFACTION0, thanks for taking the time to compile that list. After searching around I've decided on a few things—I'm going to keep the case (unless a better more cooling efficient one comes along), PSU and CPU cooler (providing Thermalright has a bracket to fit the new CPUs). Holding off for the new Haswell Intel CPUs coming out, paired with one of those new ASUS Z87 mobos. One SSD for the OS and a couple other HDDs for the PC and maybe a decent external storage solution.

For the graphics cards I'm thinking NVIDIA GPU for the CUDA acceleration. NVIDIA graphics cards support accelerating Adobe program's work which is very helpful; AMD graphics cards can do it sort of, although they are not fully supported yet. It is still in the works I think. I'm not a gamer, or an overclocker. I haven't dug into those ASUS monitors yet, but as a professional I don't mind spending a bit more for color-calibrated monitors.

Haswell sounds like it's going to be great. Good luck with everything!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LG CD/DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home Premium-64bit 
MonitorPowerCase
Dell S2309W 23in 1080P Antec EarthWatts 650W Cooler Master HAF 912 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LG CD/DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home Premium-64bit 
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Honestly, I am probably the only person not looking forward to haswell. I personally, with that budget, would go for a socket 2011, mainly because when Ivybridge-e comes out, you can use that same socket for them. So here we go.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/10OYo
CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($105.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($268.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.66 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($152.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($152.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1787.46

The processor may only be a quad core, but on the other hand it is Socket 2011 which will allow you to upgrade to IvyBridge-e when it comes out. Everything else is fairly self explanitory. If your willing to spend the extra $250ish to get the i7-3930k.

*EDIT* I didn't read that your not a overclocker... we will change that, dont worry wink.gif
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All righty then....building my list. So far I have:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core

MOBO: GIGABYTE Z87X-UD3H LGA 1150

PSU: PC&P Power & Cooling 610W (assuming this will be enough to power this baby)

CASE: Fractal Design Define R4

Have any suggestions for the GPU? I was checking out the MSI N660TI PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti, which seems like a pretty decent card.
Edited by desktop - 6/3/13 at 11:56am
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