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Topic # 57106 3-Feb-2010 10:29
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Hi

I don't have a set budget but would like to keep it below $3500 (Just for the box)

So the computer will be mainly used for image editing. applications that i will be using are Maya, Adobe CS4 and little use of sound forge.

running on windows 7 pro, possibly 64bit version. Can i get some  suggestions for the CPU, Graphic card and the amount of memory needed to keep the rendering time to minimum while i edit raw image files which can exceed 1000mb+

thank you.

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  Reply # 301708 24-Feb-2010 01:49
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  Reply # 301724 24-Feb-2010 07:41
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Jamesfranklin: You can Borrow the Apple MacPRO 21".......I prefer it you man.It' just tremendous.

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$3500 is a pretty big Budget,


I would go Core i7, 6gb Ram (tripple channel) a nVidia quadro Graphics Card and a few TB in hdd

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  Reply # 301738 24-Feb-2010 08:59
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boby55:

I would go Core i7, 6gb Ram (tripple channel) a nVidia quadro Graphics Card and a few TB in hdd



I don't know about CPU - I tend to go one under the "latest", as the price / performance trade off is not there at the top end.


I'd probably go more for 8GB, definitely a top end video card - quite possibly 1GB if you are editing 1GB files (obviously not a 1-1 translation here, but).


Multiple Hard drives running off seperate "channels" (this will depend on your rig).  Have one drive for Applications / system, one for "scratch" (setup photoshop in this manner), a couple of external hard drives for backups.


You don't mention if you work off multiple screens (I'm a convert) or if you have the screens already.


Also - does the $3.5k include or exclude software costs?

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  Reply # 301883 24-Feb-2010 18:03
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First of all you've got to go with a 64-bit OS as you'll need more than 4gig RAM I'd say. Also Photoshop CS4 64-bit edition would also be beneficial.

If I had that budget I'd probably go with something like this:

CPU - Intel Core i7 930 2.8ghz - $550
(I don't think it's worth getting the 3.0+ ghz 950 or 960 as they are double the price of the 930 but you won't get double the performance)
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=385690

Motherboard - would go with the Asus P6T Dexlue ($523) as has plenty of SATA and USB ports and is highly rated:
http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=374753

Hard Drives:
A 64gb Solid State drive for running your OS and apps on ($434):
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=379844

A RAID 0 config is your best bet for processing your video files as this will probably be your main performance bottleneck.
I'd go for 2 x 1000GB Western Digital RE3's ($300 each) as they are optimised for RAID performance and as a result will give you a single 2.0tb high-performance drive in RAID 0.
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=373637

Memory - I would start with a fast 3 x 2gb Tri-Channel kit ($361). If you find later on that you need more then you can just buy another kit as more than 6GB of RAM might be overkill to start with.
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=385483

Video card - am not an expert on card for video editing, but from what I've read teh CPU does most of the work hear so I'd imagine that the Raedon 5770 ($316) would do the trick with 1gb DDR5 RAM:
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=383660

Power Supply - I'd go for a 600w Zalman Ultra-Quiet model ($221):
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=351705

Case - A full tower would be the best way to go as you want a decent amount of room to add more hard drives should you want later. I'd go with the Silverstone Temjin TJ09 as it's suppose to be reasonably quiet ($355):
http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=360167

That totals approximately $3360 which could possibly drop the solid state drive and and another 6gb RAM and just have the RAID 0 drives as your OS and editing drive.




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