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Pretty sure I have a grasp on what components to put together, but I'm not a hundred percent sure on how much GPU requirements are for Photoshop. So I put together a build and am just looking on information if this is just about where it needs to be.

Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower - $69.99 @ Newegg.com
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 - $79.99 @ Microcenter
CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k - $269.99 @ Microcenter.com
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 - $69.99 @ Newegg.com
Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 2400 - $154.99 @ Newegg.com
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti - $159.99 @ Newegg.com
SSD: Crucial M500 240GB - $119.99 @ Newegg.com
PSU Rosewill CAPSTONE-450-M - $69.99 @ Newegg.com
Wireless Card: Rosewill N900PCE Dual Band Wireless - $24.99 @ Newegg.com
OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM - $99.99 @ Newegg.com

Total: $1119.90

The only thing I'm really concerned about is two things. Is a 4770k too much for Photoshop? Or Could I get away with a 4670k? Or is there something else I could use that would save money and be just as good. Perhaps even using a stock cooling solution; like a Xeon? Only reason why I'm looking at K processors is because I told him I would overclock. If there's an alternative Xeon solution I would look at that. Then I wouldn't need a Z87 Board though, but then I can't get it at Microcenter I'm sure and save so much money.

Secondly is the Graphics Card. Is a 750 Ti enough for Photoshop?

Lastly, is 16GB of memory too much for Photoshop? This is professional heavy multitasking Photoshop work we are talking about though.
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You can never have TOO much RAM when working with photoshop.

If all they are doing is photoshop and not using the entire Adobe Creative Suite you can get away with an AMD processor just fine.
If they intend to use something like Adobe Premier then you might need a more powerful GPU for rendering.


Edit: you won't need that closed loop water cooler.
I'm running on air at 4.8 right now and never break 65c
Edited by coachrex - 3/16/14 at 3:33pm
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You can never have TOO much RAM when working with photoshop.

If all they are doing is photoshop and not using the entire Adobe Creative Suite you can get away with an AMD processor just fine.
If they intend to use something like Adobe Premier then you might need a more powerful GPU for rendering.


Edit: you won't need that closed loop water cooler.
I'm running on air at 4.8 right now and never break 65c

That's what I was thinking about as for the memory.

However he's using the Adobe Creative Suite entirely, not just photshop and I'm not going with an AMD processor under any circumstance. This is Intel only.

I go with the closed loop cooler because of the ease of installation, maintenance free hassle, and the fact that not only do they cost as much as good air coolers but always perform better.

I'm mostly concerned with the GPU to be completely honest.
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You can never have TOO much RAM when working with photoshop.

If all they are doing is photoshop and not using the entire Adobe Creative Suite you can get away with an AMD processor just fine.
If they intend to use something like Adobe Premier then you might need a more powerful GPU for rendering.


Edit: you won't need that closed loop water cooler.
I'm running on air at 4.8 right now and never break 65c

I agree. RAM and CPU are going to be the most important parts. Before I got a mac I was using an i7 2600k with 32gb of RAM and that rig was a beast at photo editing. You can never have enough power or memory. If he's using just Photoshop & Illustrator the GPU should be fine. I I mean I was using Photoshop CS2 on an Nvidia 4300 back in the day and the only thing that truly mattered was my CPU and memory. biggrin.gif
    
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Lose the K CPU if your client is not overclocking to put more money towards GPU or more memory (32gb suggested) or RAID 0 for the SSD.

 

My HD7850 2GB gpu can handle CS6 Creative Suite and can handle rendering easily, as long as it isn't on the lower end spectrum of the GPU hierarchy.

 

Might also want to get a GB motherboard because they can get OSX.

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However he's using the Adobe Creative Suite entirely, not just photshop and I'm not going with an AMD processor under any circumstance. This is Intel only.


I'm mostly concerned with the GPU to be completely honest.

It depends on how much work he does with Premier, After Effects, Illustrator, Audition and if he intends to work in multiple applications simultaneously. Which is what most people do.
The number of transitions, the quantity of edits, the number of tracks, the file size of static art work inserted into the video etc.
And the file type he uses when exporting will have impact rendering times and system demands.

Most people will use multiple displays too.


I'm an Intel fanboy too.....so I feel your pain on that one.
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I agree. RAM and CPU are going to be the most important parts. Before I got a mac I was using an i7 2600k with 32gb of RAM and that rig was a beast at photo editing. You can never have enough power or memory. If he's using just Photoshop & Illustrator the GPU should be fine. I I mean I was using Photoshop CS2 on an Nvidia 4300 back in the day and the only thing that truly mattered was my CPU and memory. biggrin.gif

Alright that's great to know because any more expensive of a video card and I'm going to break budget, he already doesn't want to go over $1100 as it is.
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Lose the K CPU if your client is not overclocking to put more money towards GPU or more memory (32gb suggested) or RAID 0 for the SSD.

My HD7850 2GB gpu can handle CS6 Creative Suite and can handle rendering easily, as long as it isn't on the lower end spectrum of the GPU hierarchy.

Might also want to get a GB motherboard because they can get OSX.

Now this is the thing, I told him I was going to overclock and after looking at some benchmarks it does seem that overclocking to around 4.5GHz tends to have positive benefits for these type of programs. Is a better GPU really necessary and 32GB of memory really that crucial? Coming from 12GB of memory, I'm sure the 16GB is going to seem like a god send along with the fact that its running at 2400MHz as opposed to 1333MHz.

Raid 0 is not in my interest, I really don't want to get a call hearing that the array isn't working.

As far as the GPU goes, I want to stick to nVidia. Looking at benchmarks though, the 7850 is a good amount faster than a 750 Ti. However my question is, is more than a 750 Ti really needed? This is mostly Photoshop and Illustrator we are talking about being used.

Also, OSX isn't needed this is going to be a Windows 8 computer.
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It depends on how much work he does with Premier, After Effects, Illustrator, Audition and if he intends to work in multiple applications simultaneously. Which is what most people do.
The number of transitions, the quantity of edits, the number of tracks, the file size of static art work inserted into the video etc.
And the file type he uses when exporting will have impact rendering times and system demands.

Most people will use multiple displays too.


I'm an Intel fanboy too.....so I feel your pain on that one.

It's mainly Illustrator and Photoshop from what he told me. I'm assuming simultaneous work is going to be done. Which is why I went with the i7, SSD, 16GB of 2400MHz memory. No need for HDD because he told me he uses all external hard drives for saving his files.

I'm for certain that Premier is not used at all.

With that said, does a 750 Ti cut it? I'm sure everything is very high quality he's a graphics designer.

He will be running two monitors as well.
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I'm for certain that Premier is not used at all.

With that said, does a 750 Ti cut it? I'm sure everything is very high quality he's a graphics designer.

He will be running two monitors as well.


You'll be fine with that setup.
I don't see a need for 2400mhz RAM.
1866 is more than fast enough and justifying the cost difference is next to impossible.
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You'll be fine with that setup.
I don't see a need for 2400mhz RAM.
1866 is more than fast enough and justifying the cost difference is next to impossible.

16GB of 1866MHz costs the same as 16GB of 2400MHz. tongue.gif

2400MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231671

1866MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231560

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Thanks for your help though, glad the GPU is enough.
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