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Building a photo editing rig.

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Hey all, I haven't been here for a good four years or so, dumped my old e-mail address and had to re-register, I used to go by the username Kalavere, but that's not important!

I am trying to build a rig primarily for photo editing and media use. I will undoubtedly play a handful of games on it but it's not really my bag nowadays. I am only looking for CPU, Mobo, RAM and a decent PSU. This is what I've got in mind thus far -


Now what I am looking for is something with high throughput, I regularly export hundreds if not thousands of photos and work with 100 Mb+ TIFF files so I need decent speed with which to do so. I currently have a laptop with a Core i5 2540m, 8gb of RAM @ 1333Mhz and a 7200rmp 8mb cache WD drive and the lack of speed while editing is driving me mad.

I have a donor, brand spanking new HP PC with a Core i3-540 CPU, 2 gig of DDR 3 RAM, Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 GPU and a 350 watt PSU, the case is actually pretty decent with modular parts and an easy-in hard drive caddy as well as a quick-release PCI and PCI-E bracket (which I've not come across before!) the ventilation seems decent too.

I'm going to keep the Quadro FX 1800 (for now) and strip out the rest, I have hard drives galore here at home so to get me up and running I'll use of of them temporarily. I want to get the main components installed first then work at the rest in time.

My budget is around £500 just to get me up and running, anything else I add, GPU, hard drives, ect, I will add in time.

Do you think this is a good setup for editing? Any tips, or suggestions would be much appreciated, It's literally been four years since I have taken my eye off of the PC tech world and I need a little guidance! thumb.gif
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A pair of Samsung 840Pro solid state drives in a RAID 0 setup.
My System
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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I figured that my hard drives would obviously be the bottle neck in the system. A single or pair of SSD's would be a good idea for sure. I have a lot of terabytes of photos to store so I would probably have to look into a single drive so I can fit in 2-3 2tb drives along with the primary disk.
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I'd RAID the HDDs as well, just for the sake of safety and loss prevention...
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Redundancy is my #1 priority. So I'll raid for sure.

Do you guys know much about using my memory as a RAM disc? If I load up with 16 or 32gbs and use it as a RAM disc am I going to see stellar performance gains?

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Do not use a Corsair Builder series.
They are known to have problems.
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Go for a single ssd (one would be plenty fast on its own) or two hard drives in raid 0 for scratch. 

Then separate drives for storage either raid 1 for redundancy or one drive and setup a backup to another drive and/or cloud.

 

Better ram http://www.amazon.co.uk/G-Skill-16GB-Ripjaws-Channel-Memory/dp/B007CCV1TI/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1377442415&sr=1-1&keywords=G.Skill+16gb+ddr3+1600mhz

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