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Old January 11, 2012, 02:27 PM
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Default Looking for advice for first build

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
I do a lot of photography work and use photoshop CS4. I plan to purchase photoshop CS5 (64 bit) and I use a lot of plug-ins with it. My photo's are in TIFF format usually starting around 80meg in size. As I add layers to my images, sometimes they grow to 1/2 gig in size (just for one image)

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
The only preference I have is to use an i7 processor

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
No current parts to be used - existing computer to go to girlfriend to use

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
I've been reading threads on this site for a few days

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
No overclocking

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
two weeks from now

9. What resolution do you use?
I plan on using a Asus PA246Q 24" LCD Monitor-16:10 - 6ms 1920x1200 (P-IPS)

I'd like to have 2 drives - 1 for system/photoshop and 1 for images/data
While photoshop is running, I'd like to listen to music using media player but I don't need an extra sound card (built into motherboard)

Thank you to all who respond - I appreciate you giving me your time
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Old January 11, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Hi there, welcome.

Parts from NCIX. You can price match other sites and save some $$ and there are a few MIR included with these.

NCIX Bundle Deal - Intel Core i7 2600K Quad Core Unlocked Processor & ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard $576
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline Frostbyte PC3-12800 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1.5V Dual Channel Memory $45
Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan 5 Year Warranty $110
Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 128GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps $200
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM $190
ASUS GeForce GTX 560 DC 810MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Mini HDMI PCI-E Video Card $205

Total $1326
Add dvd drive, operating system, and case of your choice.
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Old January 11, 2012, 02:57 PM
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For the latest and greatest:

Intel Core i7 3930K 6 Core 655

ASUS P9X79 ATX LGA2011 X79

Corsair CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Vengeance Blue 16GB

============================================= ~ $1100 before any pricematching
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Old January 13, 2012, 02:43 PM
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Despite the fact that you say you won't overclock the system, overclocking it will mean the job will be done faster. i7 2600k can overclock to 4.5GHz from 3.4 stock using only stock fan. You didn't mention gaming anywhere so I really doubt the use of the gaming videocard. you could stay with the integrated graphics in the CPU itself.
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Old January 14, 2012, 12:12 AM
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For a cooler i'd recommend the noctua d-14 which is currently on sale at ncix for 49.99$ with free shipping. Great heatsink
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Old January 14, 2012, 04:15 AM
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To be honest.. photoshop really doesn't need an i7.. there just isn't enough processing to be done (even on a 500 MB tiff)

If you were doing movies or rendering animations / 3d stuff.. the I'd agree with your want of an i7..

Anyway thats you choice..

As far as listening to music etc while working.. shouldn't be a problem unless you doing something extremely heavy on the cpu or on the hdd the music is stored on.

Overclocking: You really really should re-consider... 30% performance increase for nothing? and it's really not heard these days. Have a look around.. there is sure to be guides etc on this forum and others.
You can then make a more informed decision whether you want to or not.

Same as eldonko.. But get a larger SSD. 256 GB put your os and PS on there along with any graphics your currently working on.

EVEN with huge images you should be fine with 8GB... you can always just buy more of the same ram and add it in later..

I know you say your current system is going to your GF, but can you say what the spec is (mostly of the HDD's) and what she will be using it for?
I say this as HDD's are still very expensive compared to what they were before the floods..
Might be worth using old hdd and then buy more later. (only as storage drives)
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