Building a Editing Desktop ? Where do most folk start ?

Started Feb 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Karl Summers
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Re: Building a Editing Desktop ? Where do most folk start ?

DaveKaiPiper wrote:

Where do most folk start ?

Rough Spec list , any thoughts ?

  1. Intel 3rd Generation Core i7-3770K CPU (4 x 3.50GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 8Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
  2. Corsair 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit x 2
  3. ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  4. Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB
  5. Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III
  6. EVGA GeForce GTX670 FTW 2048MB GDDR5 256bit,

I say build for the the future. You want a computer that will be relevant and speedy for at least 5 years.

That X79 motherboard is a fine start. Other option might be an Asus P9X79 Pro.

The 3770k won't fit. Try a 3930k. It's got six cores with hyperthreading for a total of twelve. Photoshop can exploit them all. Overclock the chip to 3.6 Ghz. Nice and stable. What's most important about the 3930k is it's got a 4 channel memory controller vs. 2 on the 3770k. This quad channel memory architecture will match up nicely with the X79 board. The key words here are "maximum throughput" or bandwidth.

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU coooler with 120mm fan.

32GB Corsair Vengeance 8-8-8-24 RAM. (CML16GX3M4X1600C8). Belive me, nothing is too much for Photoshop CS6.

240GB Intel SSD (for OS & programs)

2TB Western Digital Caviar Black HDD (for storage)

EVGA GTX 680 Graphics card.

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 850 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze

Those are the basic components I would recommend. Additional components might include a small dedicated SDD(maybe 20GB?) for your cache, and another small SSD(60GB? to use as a "scratch disk" for Photoshop. This is like a page file for your operating system.)

Oh, one more thing. A wireless card might come in handy if your cable internet isn't convenient to hook up to. Gigabyte makes a great one...not sure about the compatability, but it's pretty fast.


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