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My friend has asked me to build him a PC. He is a professional photographer and will mostly be using the system to edit large photos in Adobe PS. I told him he might want to wait until Conroe comes out, but he said he'll just buy a new system then. (he's uber rich)

Anyway, I am an AMD fan....and he is looking to buy the 4800X2. but.............. Would an Intel chip be better for the type of work he will be doing? Also, I was thinking that maybe a Matrox card would be better for editing? Your suggestions are appreciated in advance.
post #2 of 14
I think AMD would be better at this. The extra L2 and DDR bandwidth would be beneficail. The 4800x2 is overkill, when the 4000+ performs just as well, at a fraction of the cost. If he is using any adobe software, he is going to need ALOT of RAM. 2 gig at least. If possible use DDR500 and up the FSB to match it. A large monitor and fast hard drive wouldnt go a miss either. Matrox cards are better at rendering in CAD programs. I'm not sure about photoediting though. I think it just needs a card to get the picture on the screen, lol. Something like an x800GTO2 unlocked should cover it okay.

Anyone else have any suggestions? These may not be the best, I dont edit photo's an awfull lot.
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post #3 of 14
I would go as a CPU for the 4800 too, but for photoshop 2GB ram are a real necesity, 3 GB would be nice. I dunno if there's any point in getting DDR500, 'cause the performance difference in photoshop is small.
As for the VID card he'll need a lot of rendering power, and at this moment the best bang for the buck is the nVidia 7900GT, I think the one made by eVGA is a little better than the rest. The mobo is very important, choose a high quality mobo like the ASUS A8N SLI or A8N32 SLI. Can't think of anything else
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post #4 of 14
I think you'll find because of the longer pipelines in P4's rather than the short pipelines in Athlons, Intel is unfortunately the best choice.

As regards the choice of graphics card, it really depends on the apps he is using, a Matrox will give him a lot of benefit if he uses apps which support it's capabilities, generally however a budget card should suffice.

I'm an AMD user too, wouldn't even consider an Intel for myself, but I also wouldn't suggest the wrong platform for the job. In gaming Intel can't touch AMD, in tasks such as video/photo/audio editing and converting Intel are the champs.
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I agree with the people who recommended Intel over AMD for image-editing. I suggest the Pentium D 930 or the 950 for dual core.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drewmart
I agree with the people who recommended Intel over AMD for image-editing. I suggest the Pentium D 930 or the 950 for dual core.
930 is a great processor, and i would highly sugest it over the x2's. Intels proccesors are proven to be better for multi-tasking, and movie/picture editing. If he choses to overclock also, this ones a beast.
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post #7 of 14
If he is still looking, I would recomend a dual-Xeon workstation with SCSI hard drives and an nVidia Quadro video card.
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Is he THAT rich? ^
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post #9 of 14
Not to go wayyy off key here, but given that he is a professional photographer and will be using a computer to manipulate his images, don't forget about a Mac. The two things that Mac's do really really well is 3D work and Image work. So, if he is a real pro, you might want to do some research on Mac's for him as well.

Here's a kick start:
http://www.apple.com/pro/

An "over-the-top" Professional Mac
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...teWUjD/27.?p=0


Popular Tablets for Professional Photographers
http://www.wacom.com/productinfo/9x12.cfm


Popular Professional Software
Aperture
Adobe Photoshop CS2


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post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy
If he is still looking, I would recomend a dual-Xeon workstation with SCSI hard drives and an nVidia Quadro video card.
lol that would be one kick ass editing rig.

I would Have to agree that the dual core Intel option would be better than AMD, in this case, with a minimum of 2GB of low latency DDR2.

thats my opinion anyway
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