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Old October 9, 2010, 10:08 AM
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Looking to build my first PC. I am coming from a Mac camp and have never owned a Windows pc.
Been looking at the iMac 27" and the one thing that held me back from purchasing is the limited upgrade ability of the iMac.
I'm looking to spend $1300 on this build without the monitor. I would like to have SSD drive for applications and HDD for storage. I'm also set on Lian Li pc-p50 case.
Main use will be for Photoshop CS5 and some light video editing.
Been searching the web and I am now totally confused.
Please help choose the parts for this build.
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Old October 9, 2010, 10:46 AM
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howdy there. if youre building right now, perhaps a 1055 hexa core from amd on a nice 870a or 890 board from gigabyte? or,intel wise, a xeon 3440(ht) on a simal featured giga board? :)

more info needed. are you buying in canada, 1300 after or before taxes, etc.
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Old October 9, 2010, 11:00 AM
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Yes, I am in Canada. $1300 before tax. I am looking to purchase from Canada Direct. They seem to have the best price.
As for CPU, I don't have a preference. Planning to order the parts once I am happy with the recommendations.
I read somewhere that PS doesn't benefit much from a hex core. Is that true?
Thanks.
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Old October 9, 2010, 11:43 AM
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good.

you can always pricematch with ncix.

i believe it does, check this out : Phenom II X4 970 BE 3.50 GHz Review - Page 8/13 | techPowerUp

although, as you know, intel is coming up with new chippies, wich supposedly are some roughly 20 percent faster than the current ones. pricing will be a matter of discussion as well, add motherboards that need to mature from the first revisions. it will take a little while.


so if you build right now, go intel 4 cores+ht or 1055t amd. the latter being cheaper. 300 dollars for board and cpu. try to get a hyperthreading cpu+decent mobo for that low in intel camp :p
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Old October 9, 2010, 12:44 PM
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Thanks dangtx for your input. I see that intel i7 950 is going for $300, what would be a mono for this CPU?
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ok, youre going intel? bang per buck the asus mil class would be your best choice, its around 200 dollars. vs the 1055t setup it will be some 200 dollars more but for what you do i think it will be decent. plus the mobo is better, even though twice as expensive :)

ram wise everyone and their mom here will tell you to get gskill. i say look for a sale and get whatevers on sale

cpu cooling, dont stop lower than cooler master 212+. step up would be a v6gt.

psu wise, depending if you are going to add a number of gpus, or even one but power hog(fermi) you may look at units fro mseasonic, corsair starting at 500 watts and up. again, look for a sale. sometimes the 850 watt models are 5 bucks more than the 650 or so when in super sale. worth it.

ssd wise, ill let the experts chime in.

case you got figured out already :).



one more edit : interesting to see the numerous doa comments on that unit..hmmmmmmm
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if dangtx recommends then my rig would be almost same... anyway...

i7 950
sabertooth x58
g.skill ripjaws 1600 6gb (since mushkin is not selling at most stores)
ocz vertex 2 60 gb (or 120 if you can afford)
1tb samsung f3 or wd black or seagate 7000.12
hd 5870 or gtx 470 ( or gtx 480 if you can afford)
hx650 (is enough... unless you need more power such as sli of cf setup then hx750 or hx1000)
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Firstly, you do not need anything remotely close to a high-end gaming card for Photoshop. I wouldn't spend anymore than $125 on this part (think HD5750, HD5770, GTS250, etc.).

As far as processors go, definitely look at a quad-core, or if you're an AMD enthusiast, hexa-core. Just remember that the Nehalem architecture is still king when it comes to Photshop, even with two less real cores compared to AMD's hexa-core options.

With motherboards, I feel that Gigabyte offers better value for money than ASUS, but you'll be fine with almost any mid-range or even entry level P55/X58.
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Video card wise, AMD would not be a good choice as it would limit his capabilities. By going with a 1GB nVidia card (GTX460 1GB to be exact), you can do a quick 'hack' (takes less than 2 minutes) CS5 into thinking you have a Quadro card. This unlocks the Mercury Playback engine's potential to its fullest and you can do things that you could previously only dream you could with more expensive cards (acceleration in Premiere Pro allows significant HD improvements with filters). So his 'light' video editing work could expand into a heavy video editing without a problem.
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My Wife's rig, which she uses for her Company - using CS4 mind you (built last year). Though she has used the CS5 trial, and saw no difference in performance.

Asus P5Q Pro
Intel E8400
Gskill 2x2Gb DDR2-5300
Intel X25-M 80Gb
WD 1Tb Black
XFX HD5770
Corsair HX520W
Lian-Li PC-V351B

Yes, a LGA775 Dual core. Runs fast, no hiccups. Would I choose the same setup today? Yup, except I would upgrade to an i5 750 / Asus P7P55 / DDR3-667 board / chip / ram combo; that would be my choice - not because of the lack of performance from the Dual core and DDR2 ram, but right now you can't beat that price / performance of the LGA1156 and the i5 Quad core chip.
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