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 Post subject: Building computer for photo editing - need parts suggestions
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:46 pm 
Little Foot
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Hi all,

I am upgrading the my 4 years old computer with some new parts. The computer will be primary for daily use, photo editing (occasional video), and video game if i ever have time. My budget is about $500-$700

I will be using my old computer case, PSU, sound card, video card (AMD Radeon 4780), and hard drives. So all i need are just core components - cpu, mobo, ram, and an SSD for OS install.

I have not been keeping up with the tech so i am not sure which CPU to choose. I came down with

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W $199
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Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz $229

I am leaning toward the Intel chip a bit more so i'm thinking of using this mobo

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $144

I know i will need lots of ram so:

Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $110

And for the SSD:

SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III $110


As mentioned earlier, i have not been keeping up with the tech world so i am not sure if these are good choices. Please let me know if you guys have any alternative suggestions. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Building computer for photo editing - need parts suggest
PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:51 pm 
Mr. Late Night
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I'd go with the Intel build that you're looking at, solid build choices and really no changes to suggest. Although if you do ever get into gaming you'll need to upgrade the graphics card as it's pretty behind the times at this point. Also, what's the make & model of the PSU that you have? 4 years and older is getting a little bit old for a PSU so I may suggest that you upgrade/swap it to a newer unit. Something like the Corsair CX-500 or SeaSonic M12II 420 should be fine for your needs.


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 Post subject: Re: Building computer for photo editing - need parts suggest
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:34 am 
Smithfield
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I think you can drop the RAM down the 8GB for this build. While I'm sure Photoshop likes to eat RAM, I don't think it would require all 8GB.


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 Post subject: Re: Building computer for photo editing - need parts suggest
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:18 am 
Little Foot
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I need the 12 gb of ram. I do a lot panorama stitching in photoshop. When i do it, photoshop tap out my current 6gb of ram.


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 Post subject: Re: Building computer for photo editing - need parts suggest
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:08 am 
Bitchin' Fast 3D Z8000
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sumasage wrote:
I need the 12 gb of ram. I do a lot panorama stitching in photoshop. When i do it, photoshop tap out my current 6gb of ram.


More RAM the better. I've been dealing heavily with layers. Yesterday, a single image went up past 2GB for me. That's just GIMP. With noiseware open as well, and that machine pulling double-duty, I think the 16GB i have was money well spent too.

The Vishera is OK - but most of the filters and stuff I do appears to still rely on a single thread at times, or doesn't scale very well past 2 threads. The Core i5 is not much more and will be noticeably faster.

Don't know if you bought yet, this thread is approaching a month - but the memory can be cheaper.

corsair 16gb 1600MHz, 10-10-10-27. You don't need the fastest. Diminishing returns here. $104 with 10% off using EMCXTVP43 = $93.60, which saves a good bit and doesn't sacrifice noticeable performance (cas 9 vs 10).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820233246

Hope it helps,
Beomagi


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