Build a computer for Photoshop

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rdoc2
Jan 9, 2009
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Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.
I prefer an ASUS motherboard and I don’t need a monitor or a keyboard and a mouse.
I need advice on what motherboard and chipset?
I will get two Seagate 1.5 TB Sata hard drives.
I down know what audio and video cards to get?
I assume I need 2GB of 1066 RAM.
2 DVD LG Burners
700 Watt Power Supply
I would like to find a tower case that is 25.5 inches high or a little less.
I can build it or get it built locally and I can buy the parts. Maybe someone here can answer my above questions or give my some suggestions I would appreciate that very much. Thanks

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akphotog
Jan 9, 2009
computers have come along way. You could go down and buy a decent laptop at Best Buy for $800 that will do the job.
If you REALLY need to build your own, just build one online on the dell website and mimic the components.
4 gigs of ram and a decent processor and you are good to go.

"RDOC" wrote in message
Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.
I prefer an ASUS motherboard and I don’t need a monitor or a keyboard and a mouse.
I need advice on what motherboard and chipset?
I will get two Seagate 1.5 TB Sata hard drives.
I down know what audio and video cards to get?
I assume I need 2GB of 1066 RAM.
2 DVD LG Burners
700 Watt Power Supply
I would like to find a tower case that is 25.5 inches high or a little less.
I can build it or get it built locally and I can buy the parts. Maybe someone here can answer my above questions or give my some suggestions I would appreciate that very much. Thanks
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jaSPAMc
Jan 9, 2009
However Dull will sock you an additional $150 to get XP-Pro, OTW you’ll have to suffer speed penalty with Hassle La Vista.

"tweaked_eye" found these unused words:

computers have come along way. You could go down and buy a decent laptop at Best Buy for $800 that will do the job.
If you REALLY need to build your own, just build one online on the dell website and mimic the components.
4 gigs of ram and a decent processor and you are good to go.

"RDOC" wrote in message
Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.
I prefer an ASUS motherboard and I don’t need a monitor or a keyboard and a mouse.
I need advice on what motherboard and chipset?
I will get two Seagate 1.5 TB Sata hard drives.
I down know what audio and video cards to get?
I assume I need 2GB of 1066 RAM.
2 DVD LG Burners
700 Watt Power Supply
I would like to find a tower case that is 25.5 inches high or a little less.
I can build it or get it built locally and I can buy the parts. Maybe someone here can answer my above questions or give my some suggestions I would appreciate that very much. Thanks
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Voivod
Jan 9, 2009
On Fri, 9 Jan 2009 13:40:41 -0800 (PST), RDOC
scribbled:

I assume I need 2GB of 1066 RAM.

You’ll want as much RAM as (1) the board and OS can address and (2) you can afford.
JJ
John J
Jan 10, 2009
RDOC wrote:
Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.

Yes. Adobe!

http://www.iofilm.co.uk/io/mit/001/adobe_production_studio_s ystem_requirements.php
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keepout
Jan 10, 2009
On Fri, 9 Jan 2009 13:40:41 -0800 (PST), RDOC wrote:

Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.
I prefer an ASUS motherboard and I don’t need a monitor or a keyboard and a mouse.
I need advice on what motherboard and chipset?
I will get two Seagate 1.5 TB Sata hard drives.
I down know what audio and video cards to get?
I assume I need 2GB of 1066 RAM.
2 DVD LG Burners
700 Watt Power Supply
I would like to find a tower case that is 25.5 inches high or a little less.
I can build it or get it built locally and I can buy the parts. Maybe someone here can answer my above questions or give my some suggestions I would appreciate that very much. Thanks

how pro do you want to go ?
here’s a link to a setup that’ll have you drooling all year or until you can afford it.
yes he said 16 tera bytes in a raid config.
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He does his work with the wacom tablet, and PS on Apple machines. Not everything requires a windows machine. You can thank Adobe and Wacom for that.
JJ
John J
Jan 10, 2009
John J wrote:
RDOC wrote:
Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.

Yes. Adobe!

http://www.iofilm.co.uk/io/mit/001/adobe_production_studio_s ystem_requirements.php

I messed up! That’s an obsolete link. It won’t help much with CS4.
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adykes
Jan 10, 2009
In article <7MP9l.98$>,
tweaked_eye wrote:
computers have come along way. You could go down and buy a decent laptop at Best Buy for $800 that will do the job.
If you REALLY need to build your own, just build one online on the dell website and mimic the components.
4 gigs of ram and a decent processor and you are good to go.

What level of Photoshop is planned? For someone touching up and printing jpegs from a 14MP camera, any modern computer will do.

For someone using a 24MP camera in 12 bit RAW and making PSD files with lots of layers, the sky is the limit. Several fast disks are called for. High-volume commercial work could also make one go in this direction. A dual-processor system is called for. Beyond 2 CPUs, you need to read the fine print on how many CPUs your operating system supports. (Does the cheapest VISTA support more than one CPU?, XP supports 2.)

PS4 can use "better" video cards for very fast filter commutation if the card implements a standard called "OpenGL2.0" and has at least 512MB memory. Read the specs for the card. If they do, it will say. I don’t think you have to spend more than $100 to get this.

Two disks are needed for PS. Fast ones, SATA 7200 RPM. I doubt there is a slower SATA disk. Three would be nice and 10kprm disks as well but power and cooling and noise need to get proper attention for that.

32 Bit windows doesn’t use all of a 4GB memory chip set for technical reasons Save some money and stick with 3GB. Spend the money on something else.

Don’t go nuts on memory on the video card above 512MB unless you know why.


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jaSPAMc
Jan 10, 2009
found these unused words:

He does his work with the wacom tablet, and PS on Apple machines. Not everything requires a windows machine. You can thank Adobe and Wacom for that.

WACOM makes computers and/or operating systems?
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Joel
Jan 11, 2009
RDOC wrote:

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Maybe someone here can answer my above questions or give my some suggestions I would appreciate that very much. Thanks

Comouter is dirt cheap these days, so just go for the top-notch and forget all minor stuffs.

– Replacing the older/slower with a newer and faster momboard and CPU

– Shop for the momboard supports at least 4-8GB memory (I would go for 8GB) and pop-in around 4GB to start with.

– Replacing the small hard drive with at least 1 500GB or 1GB. Or several 1GB drives you do. My current system has around 3TG

That’s it! and see I don’t care to quite the other part as I don’t think it’s too important for me to care.
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Voivod
Jan 11, 2009
On Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:22:19 -0600, Joel scribbled:

– Replacing the small hard drive with at least 1 500GB or 1GB. Or several 1GB drives you do. My current system has around 3TG

Do you have ANY idea what you’re talking about or are you just prattling complete nonsense in the hope that no one notices you’re an idiot?
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Rob
Jan 11, 2009
Voivod wrote:
On Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:22:19 -0600, Joel scribbled:

– Replacing the small hard drive with at least 1 500GB or 1GB. Or several 1GB drives you do. My current system has around 3TG

Do you have ANY idea what you’re talking about or are you just prattling complete nonsense in the hope that no one notices you’re an idiot?

I have noticed it on several occasions – whats new!
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toby
Jan 12, 2009
On Jan 9, 4:40 pm, RDOC wrote:
Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.

http://store.apple.com
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Benny
Jan 15, 2009
"RDOC" wrote in message
Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.
I prefer an ASUS motherboard and I don’t need a monitor or a keyboard and a mouse.
I need advice on what motherboard and chipset?
I will get two Seagate 1.5 TB Sata hard drives.
I down know what audio and video cards to get?
I assume I need 2GB of 1066 RAM.
2 DVD LG Burners
700 Watt Power Supply
I would like to find a tower case that is 25.5 inches high or a little less.
I can build it or get it built locally and I can buy the parts. Maybe someone here can answer my above questions or give my some suggestions I would appreciate that very much. Thanks

RDOC
Just been through this process and collected my new PC last week. Photoshop CS4 and Bridge opens in 2 – 3 seconds – very fast compared to my previous 4 year old PC.

Withe regard to RAM. Tests have shown that PS improves by 40% when going from 1Gb to 2Gb of RAM. Anything above that is very negilible. Also a decent 512Mb graphics card should fit the bill – must have OpenGL 2.0. I ended up with a 1Gb because the 512Mb card I wanted wasn’t available – only $30 more anyway.

Also tests show that, at the moment, there is no speed difference between top-end Duo 2 core CPUs and Quadcore CPUs.

With this in mind the final spec for my new PC reads as follows:

Intel ATX E8500 Core 2 duo/3.16GHz etc
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3R FSB1600 motherboard
2 x 1Gb Corsair PC-10600 DDR3 RAM sticks (you could go for 4Gb DDR2 for about the same price and performance). Remember XP Pro only sees about 3GB anyway.
Gigabyte GF9600GT 1Gb graphics/video card (takes up 2 slots) 2 x 640 GB Western Digital harddrives (not RAIDed) – second HD for backup etc
Antec Sonata III Minitower with 500W PSU
Microsoft XP Pro (Vista is a lot slower)

This cost me $1600 Australian dollars – which is very cheap over here.

Also bought a Samsung 2243BWX LCD monitor to replace an old Mitsubishi 17" CRT. Couldn’t afford anything fancier for photo work (at the monet) so will not know how good it is until I start image work. If you have the money the Dell 2408 is good value for what you get. It was AUD400 dearer though than the Samsung.

Hope this helps

Benny
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rdoc2
Jan 16, 2009
On Jan 15, 7:03 am, "Benny" wrote:
"RDOC" wrote in message

Is there a site that I can find out or get a list of components for building a computer for doing a lot of Photoshop work on and using it for a lot of multi tasking and spreadsheet work.
I prefer an ASUS motherboard and I don’t need a monitor or a keyboard and a mouse.
I need advice on what motherboard and chipset?
I will get two Seagate 1.5 TB Sata hard drives.
I down know what audio and video cards to get?
I assume I need 2GB of 1066 RAM.
2 DVD LG Burners
700 Watt Power Supply
I would like to find a tower case that is 25.5 inches high or a little less.
I can build it or get it built locally and I can buy the parts. Maybe someone here can answer my above questions or give my some suggestions I would appreciate that very much. Thanks

RDOC
Just been through this process and collected my new PC last week. Photoshop CS4 and Bridge opens in 2 – 3 seconds – very fast compared to my previous 4 year old PC.

Withe regard to RAM. Tests have shown that PS improves by 40% when going from 1Gb to 2Gb of RAM. Anything above that is very negilible. Also a decent 512Mb graphics card should fit the bill – must have OpenGL 2.0. I ended up with a 1Gb because the 512Mb card I wanted wasn’t available – only $30 more anyway.

Also tests show that, at the moment, there is no speed difference between top-end Duo 2 core CPUs and Quadcore CPUs.

With this in mind the final spec for my new PC reads as follows:
Intel ATX E8500 Core 2 duo/3.16GHz etc
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-UD3R FSB1600 motherboard
2 x 1Gb Corsair PC-10600 DDR3 RAM sticks (you could go for 4Gb DDR2 for about the same price and performance). Remember XP Pro only sees about 3GB anyway.
Gigabyte GF9600GT 1Gb graphics/video card (takes up 2 slots) 2 x 640 GB Western Digital harddrives (not RAIDed) – second HD for backup etc
Antec Sonata III Minitower with 500W PSU
Microsoft XP Pro (Vista is a lot slower)

This cost me $1600 Australian dollars – which is very cheap over here.
Also bought a Samsung 2243BWX LCD monitor to replace an old Mitsubishi 17" CRT. Couldn’t afford anything fancier for photo work (at the monet) so will not know how good it is until I start image work. If you have the money the Dell 2408 is good value for what you get. It was AUD400 dearer though than the Samsung.

Hope this helps

Benny

Thanks Benny

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