New System Build - Reality Check

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New System Build - Reality Check
Aug 5, 2013

Another new system build thread... Looking for reality check, and have a few questions:

Mainly large image editing, but want to future-proof a bit (no such thing, I know...). Running LR5 and CS6, lots of plug-ins, etc.

  • Intel i7 3930K
  • Asus Sabertooth X79 LGA2011 Mobo
  • 32 GB DDR3 1600 RAM (Quad Channel)
  • Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB (OS and Programs)
  • Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB (swap and temp, LR catalog and previews)
  • WD Black 4TB HDD (SATA 3) (Data)

Keeping my existing NVidea GPU card (I think it is a 650, but I can't remember off of the top of my head), Antec case, Plextor DVD burner and 750w PS.


CPU Fan/Cooler = I always struggle with this as far as need vs. noise vs. what will fit into an ATX mid-tower. I have usually used Zalman, but am open to suggestions here.

OS = I have been using Windows 7 Home Premium, is that enough or do I need to go with Premium?

SSD Drive = Is the 128 GB large enough for the swap drive and LR previews?

Any other concerns/comments on this build? Overkill maybe?

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