Hi .. ,first of all, sory for rise / asking a so persisting question ,..also I read FAQ about this topic here in Adobe, also some blogs like John Nack on Adobe (http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2010/09/how-to-set-up-a-great-photoshop-m achine.html ) ,..and some threads here in Adobe phothshop forum .. with clarifing replys of good ppl like Noel Carboni and others.. but I still have some doubts mostly because Im building a new pc ,need to start to work soon,and Im in a budget.. (I work as a 2d artist,graphic designer.) I know the better set up would be an array of 3-4 or 5 ssd raid 0 with windows and ps all instaled in it .. but ..for the moment I dont have that $$ so .. need to clear some grey spots .to choose which way to go.^^
some aditional info may help you guys : I would work with photoshop CS6 extended with files (600MB 300 dpi with 25 layers as average ; and 1 or 1.5 GB with 20 layers max .. )
pc components I already have : -cpu AMD FX8150 ,
- mobo 990X MSI,16 Gb ram (would up grade to 32 later.),
-VGA gtx660ti .
- 1 Tera HDD for all the rest of the junk I collect and store
- 1 320 GB HDD WD (from another pc)
( psu Antec gree 80bronce + 750watts ..also a gift ,27"ips monitor also a gift ^^)
just left to buy HDD&SSD to start instalation of windows 7 pro and Photoshop .. (also painter12, and autodesk Maya. <-- Im learning it )
I was making calculations and I think I need around 60 gb for all the soft/ programs I have (more or less ) so.. (correct me if Imwrong)
so, one 120gb SSD with all the software instaled in it ..it would left me with only 60 gb for skratch .. and for 1 GB illustration in 300dpi with 20-25 layers on it .. I would be in problems for sure.. Im wrrong ?
if I install all the soft with PS cs6 in an HDD and buy an SSD of 120 gb for scratch only would be fine ? (not ideal but fine ?)
puting aside the file size I pretend to work with.. instaling photoshop and windows in an HDD (C:) and dedicating a separate SDD for scratch only going this way,, It would presents some drawbacks or negative issues ? .. for example.. I would not experiment so big impovement over a HDD skartch disk . ..
my budget now are only 150 $ >_<
1 buy a big ..HDD(lets say 500 or 700 gb or 1 tb as a boot and skratch disk,. because its ideal having in C: all the soft and scratch ? (or this only aplys if we talk about SSD s ?) .and wait until I have enough $$ to buy an array of SSD ?
2 open to suggestions .. my brain is smoked .. I started buying/ investigating all this stuff only one week from now...
big thanks in advance.
What is your budget. It hard for me to believe anyone want to build their own machine these days for I don't think it will save you anything. When you can start with a refurbish base Workstation the come with a three year warrantee with a licence's OS installed that you can add too for example
You seem to have some old stuff and only want to spend $150 more good luck...
Hi JJ Mack, thanks for the interest and help ,.. yeap its pretty old stuff and its like that because things went to fast, work oportunity came veery sudden and unexpected .. I was especulating to start work un 2 months or so .. not so fast .. and my old pc was deadly damaged .. so yeah Im aware that my actual pc its not the best building, but its just for hang a little bit .. I would build a new sistem later ..and more accurate for teh job .. just wanted to know if with all the things I can get now.. wich is the best way to go .
Make a RAID 0 array out of 4 big (e.g., 512GB) SSDs and run EVERYTHING from the 2TB volume: OS, apps, swap, temp, scratch, photo library, working files. If you can get a motherboard that supports a 4 drive RAID array with SATA III ports, great. If not, get something like a 4 or 8 port PCIe RAID controller.
I've done this, and it really works. I have 4 x 480GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs on a HighPoint 2720SGL controller (on a Dell T5500 workstation). EVERYTHING works instantaneously. I don't even notice it when Photoshop goes to its scratch files.
You can carry the SSD array over to your new system when you build the ultimate one. That's what I did too.
If you don't feel you need 2TB of SSD space because of the cost, then consider getting 4 x 256GB drives. OCZ Vectors are among the most powerful available now. I saw them on sale last week, though they seem to be back up in price a bit now.
Mr. Noel Carboni many thanks for your reply!! ,..yes I agree!,.. in anear future Iwant/would build an array 0..dont know if that big ..but something around it for sure. .. !
in the meantime I think I would buy one ssd of 256 gb for scratch only ,(boot would be in a HDD with windows7 and Photoshop ) .. .. with this, I think i would hang up for a few months and then with enough $$ I would build a more adecuate pc setup like you suggest ..
thinking of which.. is there away to calculate skratch disk ? I mean .. I hear if theres 16gb of ram I should multiply x 7 or x9 or x10 ? ex: 16ram x10 =160 gb (scratch disc ?) I read this in some thread here in adobe ..
I agree that having all installed in C: and scratch disck too . is the best set up . ..but just for curiosity .. is there a lot of loose in performance if the dedicate skratch disc is apart ? I don`t care about boot time ,just wondering about phothshop performance during work process.
thanks again in advance!