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2600k

2x4 GB DDR3 1600

GTS 450

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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.
Useful for video encoding, not useful at all with Photoshop. It does not scale up beyond four cores, physical or virtual.

Photoshop is actually faster if you disable one of the CPUs on a 12-core Mac Pro, and if you disable hyperthreading for example: http://macperformanceguide.com/Revie...resSlower.html (I know it's Mac but it still applies to Windows)

A 2600K will not give you any improvements over a 2500K in Photoshop at the same clockspeed.


I wouldn't bother with an IPS monitor unless you are also going to spend money on colour calibration hardware. No point in getting a nice monitor without it. The only monitors that are really properly calibrated out of the factory are the higher-end Eizos.

I would strongly recommend the purchase of a Colormunki Spectro, as it is the cheapest spectro around and reasonably comparable in performance to an i1Pro. Colorimeters are not suitable for LED backlit monitors and may be inaccurate with wider gamut CCFL displays.
post #13 of 21
My recommendation:

2500k with 2x4Gb DDR3-PC1333 with a low CAS latency (7) ($230+$105)
P67 motherboard and a GTS450 (or GTX460 768Mb) (~$180+$130)
C300 128Gb SSD and a 1Tb Spinpoint F3 HDD ($260+$65)
Seasonic SS-560KM power supply ($120)
Cheap case like the Antec 300. ($60)
Basic 5.25" DVD drive ($20)
Dell U2311 Monitor (~$300)
Windows 7 64bit Home Premium ($100)

This brings you to $1570. The obvious place to cut out some cost is the SSD. A smaller or cheaper SSD from the Vertex 2 series or the Corsair F series would serve well and be much faster than a HDD.

You DO NOT need faster memory. Because of the way Sandy Bridge overclocks, you no longer have to worry about memory like you did for older platforms. Slow frequency with tight timings will perform better than fast with loose timings. Of course fast and tight is best, but it costs more.

The power supply I chose for you is very very good. It is very efficient, very quiet, and well worth the extra money. It will save you money in the long run on your power bills.

The Dell U2311 is a wonderful monitor. If you want to cut a little cost, this is an ok place to do it. I like the Samsung BX2331 as well, and that will save you nearly $100.
Edited by esp42089 - 3/1/11 at 10:59pm
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Based on all of the suggestions, I think I have a better understanding of what route to take.

RAM - Most agree that 2x4GB DDR3 1600 should be sufficient for now. Still not sure if or when I want to overclock so I can look into the latency thing more later.

CPU - Seems the 2500K will do but the 2600K may be ideal. My question is does a P67 or H67 make sense with a 2500K?

GPU - Seems like a toss up. Apparently the GTS(X?)460 would be fine?

PSU - 550W Corsair

HD - Depending on price I'll go with a small SSD for the OS, programs and working files and a larger HDD for storage. Not sure if I need RAID since I already have a NAS with auto backup in place.

Monitor - Still not sure

Given the above, my next question is how to go about having it built? I obviously lack the technical knowledge to properly pull it off so is there a recommended company/website where I can pick the components that I want and they assemble it? I have seen several online but have no idea who's reputable. Any suggestions?
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Based on all of the suggestions, I think I have a better understanding of what route to take.

RAM - Most agree that 2x4GB DDR3 1600 should be sufficient for now. Still not sure if or when I want to overclock so I can look into the latency thing more later.

CPU - Seems the 2500K will do but the 2600K may be ideal. My question is does a P67 or H67 make sense with a 2500K?

GPU - Seems like a toss up. Apparently the GTS(X?)460 would be fine?

PSU - 550W Corsair

HD - Depending on price I'll go with a small SSD for the OS, programs and working files and a larger HDD for storage. Not sure if I need RAID since I already have a NAS with auto backup in place.

Monitor - Still not sure

Given the above, my next question is how to go about having it built? I obviously lack the technical knowledge to properly pull it off so is there a recommended company/website where I can pick the components that I want and they assemble it? I have seen several online but have no idea who's reputable. Any suggestions?
RAM, go low latency from the get go

CPU, 2500K will treat you welll, go P67 though

GPU GTX 460 should be great

HDD- with a SSD you wont need RAID

Monitor- 1080p at least

Ibuypower, cyberpowerPC, etc. could build it for you. But you really could build it yourself. Everything goes together pretty easily and only goes in one way for the most part and youll save a boatload of money
    
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Looking at Cyberpower, this is the closest I see to what I want.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/G...nity_8800_Pro/

Using this to build from, how should I proceed with my build based on what has been suggested so far?
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You can probably build it yourself. A few questions to answer this:

Can you install an OS on a blank hard drive? If you haven't ever tried, can you install and unistall programs on your computer with ease?

Can you hook up a general home theater system (TV, DVDplayer, maybe a set of speakers) and have it all work?

If you can do both of these without any trouble, then you can build a computer. It really is no harder than a lego set. Just something to think about, cause it will save you a lot of money.
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You can probably build it yourself. A few questions to answer this:

Can you install an OS on a blank hard drive? If you haven't ever tried, can you install and unistall programs on your computer with ease?

Can you hook up a general home theater system (TV, DVDplayer, maybe a set of speakers) and have it all work?

If you can do both of these without any trouble, then you can build a computer. It really is no harder than a lego set. Just something to think about, cause it will save you a lot of money.
That really does explain about how simple it really is
    
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You can probably build it yourself. A few questions to answer this:

Can you install an OS on a blank hard drive? If you haven't ever tried, can you install and unistall programs on your computer with ease?

Can you hook up a general home theater system (TV, DVDplayer, maybe a set of speakers) and have it all work?

If you can do both of these without any trouble, then you can build a computer. It really is no harder than a lego set. Just something to think about, cause it will save you a lot of money.
I can do both of those with no problem. But it seems like there are a lot of people who come here because they have problems with their builds? I'm hoping that this computer will be reliable for years to come and not giving me a blue screen for unknown reasons.
If it really is fairly simple I am willing to try it. Are there any recommended tutorials? How much is saved by doing it yourself?
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I can do both of those with no problem. But it seems like there are a lot of people who come here because they have problems with their builds? I'm hoping that this computer will be reliable for years to come and not giving me a blue screen for unknown reasons.
If it really is fairly simple I am willing to try it. Are there any recommended tutorials? How much is saved by doing it yourself?
most motherboards come with instructions.
you can save yourself hundreds to 1000+ dollars by doin it yourself
    
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