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.
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.
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).
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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
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)
- 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
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler
- Item #: N82E16835709001
- Return Policy: Computer Cables and Accessories Extended Return Policy