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The build is for a zippy Photoshop workstation. Lots of editing and managing of photos. Here is my "knee-jerk reaction" or rather "quick look" through newegg.com. It's parts that I like and hopefully are trustworthy. It's probably a bit overkill and I could realize some cost savings here and there. I tend to pick the power user type parts. Budget? Would be nice to keep it $1500 or less. The more saved = better IPS monitor.

 

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - N82E16819115070 - $314.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - N82E16813128498 - $169.99

Corsair H70 - N82E16835181013 - $119.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - N82E16820145347 - $179.99

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel - N82E16811139003 - $169.99

Corsiar 750 watt - N82E16817139010 - $139.99

gtx 460 - 490? - $200.00

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" - N82E16820148348 - $234.99

 

Additional: DVD burner, card reader, Win7 64, IPS Monitor.

 

Immediately I see that I could probably reduce these costs: case, power, cooler. Let me know what you guys think.

I apologize for the formatting. It looked great when I pasted it in.

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Look at the Vertex 3 that PCDOC likes, I rememberthat newegg had it on sale over the weekend at the 225 range with 30 mailin for some additional money.

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Look at the Vertex 3 that PCDOC likes, I rememberthat newegg had it on sale over the weekend at the 225 range with 30 mailin for some additional money.

 

Why the Vertex3 - doesn't that still have the timing out issues or has that been resolved? I'm a little behind on my BYOB podcast so I may have missed the update.

 

I wouldn't change the cooler or PSU unless you found a good 600w for less of course since even 600w is more than you need for 1 or 2 drives and a gtx460; case is completely optional of course. You won't get any benefit from a 490 over a 460 for Adobe work, just more heat, more power, and more money.

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The build is for a zippy Photoshop workstation. Lots of editing and managing of photos. Here is my "knee-jerk reaction" or rather "quick look" through newegg.com. It's parts that I like and hopefully are trustworthy. It's probably a bit overkill and I could realize some cost savings here and there. I tend to pick the power user type parts. Budget? Would be nice to keep it $1500 or less. The more saved = better IPS monitor.

 

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - N82E16819115070 - $314.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - N82E16813128498 - $169.99

Corsair H70 - N82E16835181013 - $119.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - N82E16820145347 - $179.99

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel - N82E16811139003 - $169.99

Corsiar 750 watt - N82E16817139010 - $139.99

gtx 460 - 490? - $200.00

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" - N82E16820148348 - $234.99

 

Additional: DVD burner, card reader, Win7 64, IPS Monitor.

 

Immediately I see that I could probably reduce these costs: case, power, cooler. Let me know what you guys think.

I apologize for the formatting. It looked great when I pasted it in.

 

I would look at this Crucial M series SSD Crudial M SSD. It has better Read performance than the C 300 at the same price. The Write speed is a little less though.

 

I have 2 64gb Crucial M series SSDs striped in my HTPC and have been very happy with the performance.

 

I am also using the exact same Gigabyte MB and CPU. With 16GB of Ram that build should be a real Workhorse!

 

Keep us posted Dave.

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Why the Vertex3 - doesn't that still have the timing out issues or has that been resolved? I'm a little behind on my BYOB podcast so I may have missed the update.

 

I wouldn't change the cooler or PSU unless you found a good 600w for less of course since even 600w is more than you need for 1 or 2 drives and a gtx460; case is completely optional of course. You won't get any benefit from a 490 over a 460 for Adobe work, just more heat, more power, and more money.

 

yes vertex 3 has been fixed, lost about 5% in performance but still better than the vertex 2

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Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - N82E16819115070 - $314.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - N82E16813128498 - $169.99

Corsair H70 - N82E16835181013 - $119.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - N82E16820145347 - $179.99

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel - N82E16811139003 - $169.99

Corsiar 750 watt - N82E16817139010 - $139.99

gtx 460 - 490? - $200.00

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" - N82E16820148348 - $234.99

 

Additional: DVD burner, card reader, Win7 64, IPS Monitor.

 

Some comments/suggestions

 

  • CPU & Mobo look good
  • 16GB G.Skill Ripjaw X RAM - Newegg has had fantastic deals on these lately. ($110-$120) I have a set and they run flawless in my VM server
  • H70 is old look into the newer H60 of H80(if your running it hard) coolers. Also consider looking at the Antec Kuhler.
  • If you want to save a few dollars look at the corsair carbon series. Otherwise the 600T is a great case.
  • Corsair 750 is a safe bet
  • Pass on the GTX 460 unless you're getting a smokin deal on them. either the GTX 560Ti or GTX 570 if you can swing it.
  • For an SSD the Crucial M4 has solid performance. Vertex 3 is another choice. The MAX IOPS PCDoc has is no longer in production(i think!) but the vertex 3 issues seemed to have been resolved recently.

Even without the changes its still a nice build!

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I'm so out of the loop on video cards today that I just picked a price range and was going to research more after hearing your recommendations. I'll look into this again after a podcast! Thanks for the help.

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Why the Vertex3 - doesn't that still have the timing out issues or has that been resolved? I'm a little behind on my BYOB podcast so I may have missed the update.

 

I wouldn't change the cooler or PSU unless you found a good 600w for less of course since even 600w is more than you need for 1 or 2 drives and a gtx460; case is completely optional of course. You won't get any benefit from a 490 over a 460 for Adobe work, just more heat, more power, and more money.

 

 

Yodafett is correct. It has been rock stable now since my last report (about 2-3 Weeks). Write speeds went from 510 to about 490 (on the max iops version) which is still untouchable by any other drive. The problem actually affected the Patriot as well as the Corsair drives as well as it was a Sanforce issue.

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The build is for a zippy Photoshop workstation. Lots of editing and managing of photos. Here is my "knee-jerk reaction" or rather "quick look" through newegg.com. It's parts that I like and hopefully are trustworthy. It's probably a bit overkill and I could realize some cost savings here and there. I tend to pick the power user type parts. Budget? Would be nice to keep it $1500 or less. The more saved = better IPS monitor.

 

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz - N82E16819115070 - $314.99

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 - N82E16813128498 - $169.99

Corsair H70 - N82E16835181013 - $119.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - N82E16820145347 - $179.99

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Black Steel - N82E16811139003 - $169.99

Corsiar 750 watt - N82E16817139010 - $139.99

gtx 460 - 490? - $200.00

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" - N82E16820148348 - $234.99

 

Additional: DVD burner, card reader, Win7 64, IPS Monitor.

 

Immediately I see that I could probably reduce these costs: case, power, cooler. Let me know what you guys think.

I apologize for the formatting. It looked great when I pasted it in.

 

 

Dave,

 

A couple of suggestions. Consider the UD4 instead of the UD3 if you are using a discreet card. I have run and installed both boards and like the UD4 a bit better. It has a few more USB's and more robust cooling. It is also the only board I ever ran that detect memory correctly. Consider the Gskill as the alternate. I recently had a set of Vengance go bad (could be a fluke) and found you can get Gskill Cas 9 for less than the CV. I normally like the matched set, but recently I tried two sets of these and have been pleased (see link). The Crucial SSD is a great drive if you can get a great price on it. If you are looking for max smoke, go with the Vertex 3 Max IOPS (32nm NAND instead of the 24) or if you want tried and true consider the Intel 510 (see link). Lastly, for the price range of video you are looking at, consider the 560 TI ($234) or the AMD 6950 ($222). The 460 is less money and is great card as is the 550, but stay away from the 470/480. The rest looks pretty awesome.

 

Check out the benchmarks for the SSD

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4341/ocz-vertex-3-max-iops-patriot-wildfire-ssds-reviewed/8

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