I am looking to build a reasonably well performing PC for use with CS4 (premiere, photoshop, after effects, encore). I don’t have a definite budget at the moment but would like to keep the cost as low as possible while leaving the possibility to upgrade to CS5 in the future without having to change or add too much. The PC will be used just for CS4 and Im not really look to do any overclocking. I am based in the UK and currently use SD DV footage, although I have been looking into purchasing a DSLR camera to film HD footage.
Having looked this week at various articles on the web and in these forums and at different hardware prices, this is what I came up with.
Thanks in advance if anyone has the time to go over this and has any suggestions or ideas on this setup.
- Are there any specific features the case needs or will a budget option ok? I was also looking at the Antec 900 Black Steel ATX Case which is more than double the price.
- Will a 700w power supply be suitable and is a budget option suitable? I was looking at the Corsair CMPSU 750TX 750W but it is triple the price.
- Is there a big advantage upgrading from the Asus P6TSE Motherboard or is the PT6SE ok? The other mobo I was looking at was the Asus Deluxe V2 which is about £100 more.
Processor Cooling Fan:
Zalman CNPS 10X Extreme (£37)
- Probably a stupid question, I don’t intend to overclock the machine will I still need a processor cooling fan?
- Will 6Gb run CS4 at reasonable speed or is it essential to get 12Gb from the start. If not I would look to upgrade when I switch to CS5.
- From my understanding the graphics card isn’t too important for CS4 but if I want to change to CS5 upgrade I’ll need to upgrade this as well.
- Dont know if anyones had much experience with the Hitachi Deskstar?. The other HDD I was looking at was the Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 3.5" SATA6GB/S 7200rpm 64MB which would each be about £25 more.
Get the i7-930 for a couple of GBP's more. For the rest, it looks like a good budget PC.
What I built is at http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
To get the best use of CS5 you will want at least the nVidia GTX 285 - although I've read that is a (soon to be?) discontinued card, and the 480 is "likely" a better option
Either way, those cards have their own power inputs (my 285 card has 2 power connectors) so with everything else, 700w may be too small a power supply