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Hello all,

I am researching how to best configure my new computer which will be used to run the Adobe Creative Suite, but mostly just Photoshop. I have never configured a computer "from scratch" and don't know more then just the basics when it comes to computers and the components. The one thing I do know is that I really want the i7 2600k and the P67 chipset. Reason being is I understand this combination serves as a good foundation for future-proofing and will run the entire Adobe suite with no problem.

Aside from running photoshop, I'll use it for everyday browsing and other misc things but no gaming or anything like that. I don't really care how big the case is or what the case looks like as far as the lights and all. As far as budget, I'd like to stay around $1,000.00 but am also curious what $1,500.00 would get me. I need a monitor and OS to be included in that total.

As far as what I'd like to have in the system, here are a couple thoughts:

RAM - I'd like 12 GB but the speed and how its configured I'm clueless on. Not sure this is needed or even feasible in my price range.
HDD - Ideally I'd like 2, a small SSD for boot and programs and a larger(1TB<) platter HDD for storage. If SSD is too expensive then two platter style will do.
GPU - Not really sure here. My understanding is that the chipset has integrated graphics but not if you plan on overclocking? I'm not exactly sure how overclocking is done but it sounds beneficial and I think I will want my system overclocked. So I assume this means I need a separate GPU. With photoshop, I'm not sure what GPU is enough but someone referred me to a NVIDA 570 AXT(?) which I think is overkill and awfully expensive. I don't think it fits my budget but I'm not sure what would be a better option.
Optical drive - I would love to have a bluray burner but at least want a bluray drive.
Other - other stuff I really have no preference because I don't know what I'll need. I'm assuming Windows 7 64 bit, several cooling fans, nice sized monitor, and maybe a 750W PSU? Again, I'm clueless on all this stuff.

My only other question is about the new thunderbolt technology. Is this something worth waiting for to implement into a new computer? I'm hopefully building something that will be relevant well into the future and wasn't sure how this will affect things.

Sorry for the long post but thanks, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!
post #2 of 21
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Hello all,

I am researching how to best configure my new computer which will be used to run the Adobe Creative Suite, but mostly just Photoshop. I have never configured a computer "from scratch" and don't know more then just the basics when it comes to computers and the components. The one thing I do know is that I really want the i7 2600k and the P67 chipset. Reason being is I understand this combination serves as a good foundation for future-proofing and will run the entire Adobe suite with no problem.

Aside from running photoshop, I'll use it for everyday browsing and other misc things but no gaming or anything like that. I don't really care how big the case is or what the case looks like as far as the lights and all. As far as budget, I'd like to stay around $1,000.00 but am also curious what $1,500.00 would get me. I need a monitor and OS to be included in that total.

As far as what I'd like to have in the system, here are a couple thoughts:

RAM - I'd like 12 GB but the speed and how its configured I'm clueless on. Not sure this is needed or even feasible in my price range.
HDD - Ideally I'd like 2, a small SSD for boot and programs and a larger(1TB<) platter HDD for storage. If SSD is too expensive then two platter style will do.
GPU - Not really sure here. My understanding is that the chipset has integrated graphics but not if you plan on overclocking? I'm not exactly sure how overclocking is done but it sounds beneficial and I think I will want my system overclocked. So I assume this means I need a separate GPU. With photoshop, I'm not sure what GPU is enough but someone referred me to a NVIDA 570 AXT(?) which I think is overkill and awfully expensive. I don't think it fits my budget but I'm not sure what would be a better option.
Optical drive - I would love to have a bluray burner but at least want a bluray drive.
Other - other stuff I really have no preference because I don't know what I'll need. I'm assuming Windows 7 64 bit, several cooling fans, nice sized monitor, and maybe a 750W PSU? Again, I'm clueless on all this stuff.

My only other question is about the new thunderbolt technology. Is this something worth waiting for to implement into a new computer? I'm hopefully building something that will be relevant well into the future and wasn't sure how this will affect things.

Sorry for the long post but thanks, and any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!
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HDD - C300 and a SpinpointF3 or Caviar Black
GPU- you want something powerful, I'd say 570 or better if it were me
OD - grab one then
    
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post #3 of 21
Photoshop does not scale well beyond four cores, you probably don't need more than a 2500K.

The P67 platform uses dual channel memory so you will have to choose either 8GB or 16GB RAM. You probably don't actually need more than 8GB. I would start out with 2x4GB and perhaps add another 2x4GB later if you find performance to be lacking.

An SSD is great to have as a scratch drive for Photoshop. A 570 seems like serious overkill just for Photoshop, nice for gaming though.
post #4 of 21
You want a SSD, monitor, along with everything else for 1k-1500? The SSD alone is 300... You might be able to pull it off, but with your 12gb RAM...nope.

Are there any parts you can recycle from any other computers? Even just cases or HDs can bring down the price.
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Wow, thanks for all the replies! I kinda figured that some of the things on my wish list were never going to be a reality. Although I would prefer a SSD for the OS and programs that isn't essential. Is it a trade off dollar wise going down to a 2500k but keeping the SSD? If I do that, what are the main capabilities that I lose from the 2600K? When talking memory, does it have to be symmetrical? Could I not have 3x4GB? If not, how involved is it to add memory later? Lastly, what would be a suitable GPU for my setup and budget?

Thanks again!
post #6 of 21
By going from the 2600k to the 2500k you lose hyperthreading (Ie 8 threads instead of 4) which I think would be helpful in Photoshop and most media based programs. The ssd is only beneficial in Photoshop if all the files you're using are on the ssd.


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post #7 of 21
1.- Keep the 2600K for HT as said above.
2.- 2X 4gb ram sticks also as said above, if you want/need more speed, you can always buy another set of 2X 4gb sticks
3.- Consider the XFX 6950 1gb card, it performs like the 2gb version, but the 1gb costs $255 @ newegg, much cheaper than a 570 and theres not even THAT much of a performance difference, if in gaming you cant notice it, with PS much less.
4.- Sata 3 SSD's are the fastest, but expensive compared to regular mechanical storage/price ratio, so if you need to store tons of files i'd consider a Sata 3 mechanical drive.
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2600k will be fine for photoshop, do not waste so much money on GPU power, you just want a card that supports the newest version of openGL. Which a GTS450 or 460 can do for you.

Then SSD and 8 GB ram will work great. If it was me I'd buy a 32 GB ssd for the OS and then a 64GB SSD for CS5 and my work files, with a 1TB raid1 array to back up to.

Thirdly do not forget a IPS monitor so you have color accuracy.
    
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post #9 of 21
Ive used PS CS5 some and how I would do it
CPU-not really that important unless mass filter usage (batch jobs) get a decent one
RAM-8GB for large files 400MB PSD editing more if you do panoramas 2x4gb
HDD-2 HDD one for boot one for storage SSDs not required
if you want speed spend it on SSD's
60GB for boot 30GB for scratch disk 2TB HDD for storage
GPU-Uper midrange- the "GPU capabilities" are BS*** they dont render (filters, effects) and they dont help with anything important, only smooth zoom, the pixel grid, and compass rotation.
Keep in mind, the top tier hardware is for enthusiast,video,gaming. PS doesn't even come close in terms of using all the resources
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CPU: With the i7 2600k vs the i5 2500k, the 2500k lacks hyperthreading, where you can have 8 virtual cores. Seeing as how Photoshop is only quad-optimized, this is irrelevent to you.

I definitely echo the SSD sentiment: it's much faster than a normal HDD and you'll definitely notice a better performance boost from 2500k+SSD than 2600k+HDD.

RAM: With any RAM kit, if you intend to overclock, I'd def rec DDR3-1600. Personally, I'd grab either one or two of this kit (for a total of either 8GB or 16GB). Depending on what you PS, you might either need or not need 16GB. A general rule of thumb I use is if you do post-processing for panoramas or full frame cameras, or if you do video editing, get 16GB. For anything else, including graphic design, get 8GB.

GPU: Here's where I definitely disagree with some people, especially with the post above me reccomending the 6950. Photoshop is CPU intensive, not GPU intensive. You will also run across CUDA acceleration with Nvidia cards (why someone recc'ed you a GTX 570), but that's only for specific tools in PS and not used by the entire program. You're much better off grabbing a cheap GPU to run a multimonitor setup if you ever need one, especially if you're not going to game. Even something like a GT240 will do you well.

Storage: I'd definitely grab a 60GB SSD to store your operating system + programs on. As for which SSD, I'll leave that up to others to decide since I'm not up to date with SSD controllers. I'd also pair it with 2x1TB HDDs or 2x2TB HDDs for storage space and redundancy, so if one fails you don't lose all your data.

OD: If you need one, get one. So long as you go for one without a high failure rate, there really isn't any way you can go wrong here.

Operating system: GET WINDOWS 7 64-BIT. 64-bit is the only way to use more than 4GB of RAM. 32-bit is maxed out at 4GB. As for which tier, look at this link. If you don't need the extra stuff on a SKU, you probably don't need to get it. More likely than not, Home Premium is the best one for you.

PSU: Since you're not getting a gaming graphics card and you really don't have all that much in your computer, a 750W PSU is overkill. Even something like this is overkill, but it's good for the price and a high quality PSU so I'd grab that one.

Monitor: For graphics editing, IPS is the way to go. The Dell U2311H is a nice, affordable IPS. Definitely great for the price.
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