can anyone offer me hardware suggestions?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Matthew, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Matthew

    Matthew Guest

    I recently upgraded to CS5 and I now want to speed up my workflow with a new
    comptuer for my photography work (my current system practically grinds to a
    stop if I open up more than three photos at a time). I only have a budget
    of $1100 and this is the hardware I was considering:

    Win 7 Pro-64
    MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Kingston Tripple channel (2GBx3) PC3-10600
    Intel i7-930 2.8GHz processor
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB system drive
    Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB data drive
    Asus Radeon HD 4350 video card
    Cooler Master 500w power supply
    Samsung DVD/RW drive

    Should I consider investing more in the processor or add another 2GBx3
    memory kit to take me to 12GB? Also would I be better off building a RAID0
    with 2 - 1TB drives or is the speed increase not worth the potential risk of
    drive failure?
    Matthew, Jun 18, 2010
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    Matthew Guest

    Well Adobe's approved video card list is pretty pathetic... for the ATI
    Radeon cards it just says the 2000, 3000 and 4000 series cards are ok. And
    the card I chose has SDI and HDMI out... and since my current 24" has SDI
    in/outs and most of the newer 24"HD monitors have HDMI inputs I am thinking
    that this card will drive both my current monitor and anything I add in the
    future.. but I will double check that.

    Thanks.... 12GB it is then.
    Good point, but their capacity is still a bit on the low side... I'll wait
    on this and see what new and shiny things come out towards the end of the
    Well I went with the Win7-64 Pro because that is the cheapest of the Win7-64
    series that also offers a 32 bit emulator... and I'm a little worried about
    some of my older apps.
    Actually I've already got a great 24inch HD monitor (picked that up a couple
    of months ago) and though I would love a second... that'll have to be a down
    the road investment. :)

    Thanks for the suggestions!
    Matthew, Jun 18, 2010
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    Joel Guest

    I don't have any information on any specific hardware unit, but I can give
    some general information.

    - If you think 2.8Ghz is fast enough for you then stick with it.

    - Memory is dirt cheap these days, and Windows 7 can benefit from extra
    memory (especially 64-bit) so do little research about the minimum recommend
    by end user (not Microsoft as they only need to care about selling thie
    products not about the speed you may enjoy). I don't remember if mine has
    8GB or 16GB (probably 8GB ?).

    - Windows 7 does require some newer Video and Audio card for it to work
    correctly, else you may run into quite a bit of locking up issue. I believe
    the video it requires DirectX-9 minimum, and I don't remember the req
    requirement for audio.

    I have to replace both video and audio card for my Win7 to work correctly.

    - You might have some issue burning CD/DVD under Win7, but that's based on
    my personal experience or issue.

    It coould be because I have the IDE DVD as slave of 500GB IDE hard drive.
    Or the system has only 1 EIDE port, so I use the 500GB for Windows system
    and aps, and DVD burner. And (3) 1TB SATA hard drives

    I may buy a SATA DVD burner see if it will help solving the problem, cuz I
    sometime burn 10-20-30 DVDs a day, and right now I have around 20-30%
    coaster. I have burned probbaly around more/less 20K of DVD/CD with nearly
    100%, but not with Win7
    Joel, Jun 18, 2010
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    Joel Guest

    You should be able to run most (not all) 32-bit aps by running under
    Compatibility & Administrator. Some may act little wierd, and some won't
    run at all.

    Or some RUN but won't work (when you try to do something), some refuses to
    Joel, Jun 18, 2010
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    Joel Guest

    I said exactly what you read. COASTING is my issue, and lot of coasting.

    Yes, I do know Win7 has its own CD/DVD burning software, not built-in but
    comes with one. And same with all other cousins they all give me coasting.
    Joel, Jun 19, 2010
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    Paul Simon Guest

    I had a similar problem with one of mine (Plextor). Opened it up which you
    are not supposed to do, cleaned out many dust bunnies, cleaned the head with
    a Q-tip and isopropyl alcohol and reassembled. It had vents but my Sony
    does not. The Plextor now works like a charm burning DL dvd's.

    Paul Simon, Jun 19, 2010
  7. Matthew

    Joel Guest

    Thanks for the info about SATA. I have no reading problem and it gave me
    no coaster for many years until I upgraded from WinXP to Windows 7 64-bit. I
    Googled and read many Win7 users have similar issue, so I am thinking about
    trying SATA on its own channel.

    Mine seems to have something to do with Windows *not* the burner as quite
    often the programs (I have tried 5-6 different programs including the one
    comes with Win7) and have similar problems.

    - Sometime the program starts the locked up right after the LED of burner
    made one quick blink.

    - Sometime program lockup at 1% some program continues working but stuck at
    1% (sometime at around 8%)

    - Some program keep working and finishes at 100%, but don't write to DVD
    (LED off).

    Right now, to get around the problem I have to reboot Win7, don't run any
    other application but the burner program only. And it may burn up to around
    3-5 DVDs before it acts up again. Then I have to reboot and repeat the
    Joel, Jun 19, 2010
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    Paul Simon Guest

    Thanks for the compliment. It comes from being a depresssion kid,
    scrounging electronics from the sidewalk postwar, grad school, etc.

    It's also fun!

    Paul Simon, Jun 19, 2010
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    Paul Burdett Guest

    Here is my new system...I posted this earlier on. PSCS5 flies!!:)

    Intel Core I7 860 2.8 Ghz Quad core
    Paul Burdett, Jul 1, 2010
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