Two questions on Gen 4 based PC system for CS6

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Two questions on Gen 4 based PC system for CS6
Jun 23, 2013

Hello. I am putting together a new-build PC for editing single still images. I do not do any video or 3-D work. I do not wish to use this PC for any other use other than processing image files, the occasional web-browsing and light download. I am not interested in overclocking or gaming. I use a Sigma Merrill compact and Olympus OMD EM-5 and shoot in RAW. The files are converted to JPEG and TIFF 16-bit format for processing.

I thought the following config would be sensible:

Intel i5-4430 processor

Intel DH87RL

2x8=16gbs GSkill Ripjaws 1600 mHz RAM

Seasonic 520W PSU

NZXT Gamma case

1 TB WD Blue HDD

120 GB Samsung 840 SSD

I have had several discussions on the configuration and individual preferences for various brands, so would prefer not to get into this unless there is something glaringly wrong.

However, there are two specific questions please I wondered if someone could give me an opinion on:

1. Should I run the Windows OS (64 bit) and Photoshop CS6 on one HDD and use the SDD as a scratch disk and for output file storage? Would this be the fastest config in terms of processing the file with various filters and edits. I am not so bothered about boot up time as much as speeding up processes. In fact I wonder if there is so much RAM that a scratch drive may not be necessary - this would help save a little money which I could use towards:

a) An i7 processor - specifically the 4770 which is available here now OR

b) A discreet GPU

2. Specifically is the HD4600 GPU which is onboard going to be fine or is it worth spending a little on a 1 or 2 mb discreet graphics card please?

Thanks and look forward to your thoughts.

Samsung i7
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