I am new here, and stumbled upon the photoshop hardware forum while looking for resources to build a PC. I am planning to build a pc for photoediting. A little information first. I am a full time student and part time photographer, I wouldn't say I am an amateur but do not shoot for money (due to lack of time). I intend to use it for purely image processing and may be a little light gaming (apart from the usual word processing, surfing etc). This will also be the PC the wife and I will be using for our school work. I intend to hook this up to a 22 inch monitor and a smaller probably 15/17 inch monitor as well so I can have all my pallettes on one monitor while i am working on the images.
I intend to run CS5 Extended (Which i can pick up at the Univ Book store) and Photomatix on this (along with Topaz Denoise, Imagenomic Noiseware and Lucis Pro Plugins for PS). This is going to a budget PC as the only source of income me and the wife currently have is our funding (touchwood). I read the guide posted here about building a PC and even the budget PC in there is way over my budget.
What is the least amount of money I can spend that can run CS5 extended reasonably fast (it doesn't have to be super zippy, but at the same time I don't want to wait 3-4 minutes to run Denoise).
I was thinking about going for the i5 760. Although the AMD Quad and Hex Cores are extremely tempting for the price although I don't understand processors enought to know the merits or demerits of one over the other.
I already have Win 7 32bit but I could easily get the 64 bit (costs me $11, bless the university). Are there any advantages for choosing 64bit computing over 32 bit?
Appreciate the help.
Welcome to the forums. I hate to tell you this but this is a Premiere Pro hardware forum not a Photoshop forum.
Dang ! I just saw that. Thanks for the info Bill. I will go and post it in the PS forum . Thanks
Now there is a lot of good information on computer hardware on this forum so it might be worthwhile reading under "Hardware Guidance Look Here First" that could apply to your photoshop build, but you have to read between the lines for your specific case. Premiere is more demanding in some ways, for instance realtime playback of highly compressed data. If you want to see specifics of what makes a good hardware suite (for Premiere) you might want to look at our Premiere Pro Bench Mark (PPBM5) data.