Need Help Building A PhotoEditing PC

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  1. Fusion92

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    I am in the middle of deciding what parts to select for a photo editing pc.

    I already have a 22' monitor so that is not required.

    I basically need just the tower itself. I would like to be able to run Lightroom and Photoshop without any slowdowns when processing heavy RAW files.

    I was thinking something with around 4GB of RAM, probably Quad-Core Intel Processor.

    Price range between $1000-1500
     
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    For this kind of machine, cpu, ram, and hdd space are the important ones.

    CPU: definitely quad core for Adobe Lightroom, it's multi-threaded.
    Q6600 or the new Yorkfields are the best.

    Mobo: the new mobos with the Intel P45 chipset will be out in a few weeks.
    I recommend Gigabyte.
    Get one that has lots of SATA and eSATA ports. This should cover space and backup requirements.

    Graphics card: You don't need a high-end gaming card. All it requires is that it will support the resolution you will be working on.
    I would advice getting a card with dual heads/multi-monitor support just in case you find that 22' monitor wouldn't be enough.

    RAM: the more, the better. use 64-bit OS.

    get a card media reader drive if you use diff types of media.
     
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    don't get gigabyte. If you want to overclock (don't) then get abit. If you want reliability then get intel.

    you DO want a good video card. It doesn't have to be a high-end gaming one, but the video card WILL matter with photo editing. I recommend an ATi HD2600XT or HD3850. They are cost-effective and have excellent color reproduction. I normally dislike ATi cards, but for photo editing they are the best choice for most people.
     
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    Okay, I put together what I feel is a great machine for your needs. You can cut corners here and there, but honestly, I recommend sticking with this:


    2x - $ 69.99 - $139.98 - Plextor 18X DVD±R Burner Black SATA
    1x - $239.99 - $239.99 - Lian Li PC-A70B Black Aluminum ATX Case
    4x - $ 89.99 - $359.96 - Seagate 7200.11 500GB 7200RPM SATA-II HDD
    1x - $ 89.99 - $ 89.99 - Corsair 650W PSU
    1x - $ 79.99 - $ 79.99 - Corsair XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800MHz Dual Channel Kit
    1x - $104.99 - $104.99 - Intel DP35DPM LGA775 Motherboard
    1x - $274.99 - $274.99 - Intel Core2Quad Q9300 2.5GHz LGA775
    1x - $109.99 - $109.99 - HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 PCI-Express SATA-II Controller
    1x - $ 76.99 - $ 76.99 - MSI Radeon HD2600XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-Express x16
    1x - $ 94.99 - $ 94.99 - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
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    $1,571.86
     
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    sure, if you want FOXCONN, buy Intel brand mobos. :mamoru:

    it's nice to have a good vid card, but it wouldn't matter.
    still photos = 2D. he doesn't need 3D acceleration.

    the best card preferred by Digital Imaging professionals are Matrox cards.
     
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    Intel contracting with foxconn to produce their PCBs doesn't mean that the product is the same.

    How do you feel about Toyota and GM? Many people think that Toyota has better quality than GM, yet some models (such as the Matrix) are actually produced in a GM factory by GM employees using GM-sourced parts (Delco). But you could argue that it was being built to Toyota specs.

    You can't say "it would be nice" and then "it wouldn't matter". If it's nice, then it does matter. Also note that many 2D tasks are being offloaded onto the GPU, now.

    Actually, vista uses 3D accelaration to present 2D information. It matters.

    if he's going to use the machine for normal browsing, movies, music, etc, then I recommend against matrox. The card I selected will do great for editing as well as light gaming and all daily uses. It also supports HDCP (big plus, now). Go matrox if you need a more single-purposed machine.
     
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    Regarding 3D card, I don't think I need anything major. Won't be doing any video editing work what so ever, and I already have a PS3 for video games.

    Thanks for the suggestion guys.

    Any specific CPU/Mobo combos to look at?
     
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    i posted the system build above. those are the recommendations.
     
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    i won't debate the mobo unless he says he wants to overclock.
    abit isn't the best choice for the Yorkfields right now.

    it's nice for everything else (e.g. multi-purpose pc), but for photo editing, like Adobe Lightroom,... it won't matter because it doesn't use any GPU acceleration.
    that's what i meant.
     
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    Gigabyte P35 mobo + Quad overclocked to 3ghz+
    take the free performance
     
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    yea free performance that leads to stability issues down the road.


    working machine > not working machine.
     
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    :slap:
    that's why you test for stability when you overclock.
    if an overclocked machine passed a stress test (XX days at full load and at extreme temps),.. why would it fail during normal/idle use?

    fast machine > slow machine
     
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    :hsugh: to you if you think the overclocked machine will last as long or be stable long-term.
     
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    my oc'd P4 was built around 2001, still alive and stable as hell.
    I'll let you know when it didn't reach it's expected 15yr lifespan. :hsugh:
     

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