5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 21, 2012 10:13 PM by Mojo1

    New build in the $2k-3k range

    Mojo1

      So I am looking to build a new system that will run following very well

      • Premiere & AE CS6
      • Photoshop CS6
      • Gaming (love the computer games... GW2, SWTOR, Skyrim, etc.)

       

      Going with 1 SSD + 3 HDs

      C: (SSD) - OS & Programs

      D: - Media & Projects

      E: - Pagefile & Media Cache

      F: - Preview & Exports

       

      Here is what I have in mind (from newegg):

       

      Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
      1

      Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition, THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four Fans - Retail

      Rosewill THOR V2-White Edition, THOR V2-W Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case, support up to E-ATX / XL-ATX, come with Four ...
      Item #: N82E16811147158
      Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
      -$20.00 Instant
      $169.99
      $149.99
      3

      Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

      Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
      Item #: N82E16822148844
      Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
      -$30.00 Instant
      $539.97
      $449.97
      ($149.99 each)
      1

      EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 w/ Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

      EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 w/ Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
      Item #: N82E16814130799
      Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
      $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card14-130-799
      $529.99
      1

      CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

      CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ...
      Item #: N82E16817139010
      Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
      -$25.00 Instant
       
      $25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-010
      $169.99
      $144.99
      2

      Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G

      Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G
      Item #: N82E16820104302
      Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

      $149.98
      ($74.99 each)
      1

      ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

      ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
      Item #: N82E16813131854
      Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
      -$10.00 Instant
      $289.99
      $279.99
      1

      Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

      Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
      Item #: N82E16819116501
      Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

      $329.99
      1

      COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+

      COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
      Item #: N82E16835103099
      Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
      -$2.00 Instant
       
      $5.00 Mail-in Rebate Card35-103-099
      $36.99
      $34.99
      1

      OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-512G.M 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

      OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-512G.M 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
      Item #: N82E16820227820
      Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
      -$50.00 Instant
      $419.99
      $369.99
      Subtotal:$2,439.88
        • 1. Re: New build in the $2k-3k range
          Mojo1 Level 1

          Also, I do plan to intall any game I am currently playing on the C (SSD) drive to get the benefits of the added speed - I'll likely uninstall anything I am not using to make sure the SSD stay as free as possible... So my main programs will be Win 7, Adobe CS6 (all), Office 2010, and 1-2 games.

           

          Is there anything I should do in the Windows 7 configuration to make sure that I get the most our of my proposed configuration?

           

          Any critique of the HW selection and/or configuration is greatly appreciated.

          • 2. Re: New build in the $2k-3k range
            Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

            Using a 3TB drive for Page File and Media Cache is a waste of money. 

             

            An personally I would never mix an editing computer with gaming. 

             

            Harm has just created a new exotic computer nicknamed Harm's "Monster" and that it is.  He is using Windows 8 and has the first place CS6 PPBM5.5 benchmark.  I am not saying you need his configuration but it is confirmation that Windows 8 can be used very successfully with Adobe CS6 and maybe you might want to consider it.

            • 3. Re: New build in the $2k-3k range
              Mojo1 Level 1

              I am pretty much going to be stuck with one desktop that does it all for me, and that includes gaming... But just out of curiosity, what is the concern?

               

              And thanks for the Page File / Media Cache HD suggestion - I really have no idea what the right amount of storage is for that drive - but decided to purchase 3 matched drives as a hedge for future use of this machine's hardware when the next upgrade comes around (the 3 drives will go very nicely into my NAS server's zfile raid).

              • 4. Re: New build in the $2k-3k range
                John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                I use one computer for everything, with a couple of "low level" games (on computer card game and online pokerstars.net to try and improve my texas hold'em play) and have no problems with PPro CS5

                 

                The main thing I've read (no saved links, I don't do any other games) is that installing "some" games may mess up the priority level of codecs that are installed by PPro

                 

                Of course, messed up codecs is also sometimes (usually?) a by-product of installing a codec "pack" such as k-lite... and I don't do that, either

                 

                My best GUESS would be to install the games first, and PPro/Encore last, so the PPro codec list is installed after the games

                 

                Also, while PPro/Encore are working properly and you are happy with the computer, make a full backup to a USB hard drive to be able to do a restore

                 

                The product I use is at http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm
                .
                Image runs off of a bootable CD via Linux (the Zip you download includes a program to

                make the bootable CD) and it reads EVERYTHING on the drive, even the hidden

                registration information, so everything is restored when needed... and you may restore

                the image to a brand new drive in case of a crash, and not have to re-install anything

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                • 5. Re: New build in the $2k-3k range
                  Mojo1 Level 1

                  That is great advice and definitely something I will look into doing, both on the backup strategy AND the install order of things. I have a Seagate Backup Plus drive that can more than handle the backup of the SSD drive when I have everything installed.

                   

                  Does the build look pretty solid? I have made a few minor tweaks to what is listed (went with some faster RAM, and upgraded the CPU cooler a bit)

                   

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                  Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model 994072
                  Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model 994072
                  Item #: N82E16820226329
                  Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

                  $209.99
                  1
                  Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
                  Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
                  Item #: N82E16835709001
                  Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy
                  -$5.00 Instant
                  $96.99
                  $91.99