3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2011 11:15 PM by Mylenium

    Buying Computer system for Design Purposes: Need Advice


      Hi guys,


      My computer has recently suffered the terrible fate of suddenly getting very old.
      In an attempt to upgrade its withered motherboard, it became very apparent that I need a completely new computer.
      Currenlty my friend is helping me build a Windows PC capable of running Adobe Software very efficiently with a quick rendering speed.
      The programs I use mainly are After Effects, Photoshop, Premier Pro, Flash etc (Basically everything included in Production Premium)
      I'm looking to make the computer last me a fair while, perhaps capable of running the next editions of Creative Suite.
      Mainly I'm working in Illustration and Animation in both my college work and personal projects.


      So far we have a rough guide consisting of these components.


      Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth TUF X58 Motherboard, USB 3.0, SATA III
      SABERTOOTH X58 - Asus Sabertooth TUF X58, Intel X58, S1366, PCI-E 2.0 , DDR3 1866MHz, USB3/SATA 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, ATX


      RAM: Corsair Memory XMS3 12GB DDR3 2000 Mhz CAS 9 Triple Channel Desktop
      CMX12GX3M3A2000C9 - 12GB (3x4GB) Corsair DDR3 XMS3, PC3-16000 (2000), Non-ECC, Unbuffered, 9-10-9-27, 1.65V


      Casing: NZXT Hush Black Mid Tower Computer Case
      NZXT Hush HU-001B, Black Mid Tower Gaming Case, w/o PSU


      Processor: Intel Core i7 970 Six Core Processor - CPU
      BX80613I7970 - Intel i7 970, S1366, Gulftown Six Core, 3.2 GHz, QPI 4.8GT/s, 24x Core Ratio, Retail + Free Shogun 2


      Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Hard Drive
      1TB Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black, SATA 6Gb/s, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache, 8 ms


      Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-650HXUK HX 650W Modular Power Supply (PSU)
      CMPSU-650HXUK - 650W Corsair HX Series, Modular, 80 PLUS Bronze, 85% Eff', SLI/CrossFire, EPS 12V, 120mm Fan


      CD-ROM: Lite On BD-ROM, IHOS104-37, SATA, Black, OEM
      LiteOn IHOS104-37 4xBlu-Ray, 8x DVD Reader OEM inc Software


      Graphics Card: POV Point of View GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB NVIDIA Graphics Card
      VGA-560Ti-A1 - 1GB Point of View GTX 560 Ti, 40nm, 4000MHz GDDR5, GPU 822MHz, Shader 1644MHz, 384 Cores, DVI/ mHDMI


      Mainly the areas up for debate are:
      1. Whether a 6 core processor is really necesarry? Bearing in mind I would like the PC to last me a while, I basically need to know whether
      there's any use in having more cores in a processor for more efficient design software usage.


      2. The Graphics Card. My friend is more used to building gaming computers and knows little about what graphic cards are necessary to get the
      best out of your design software. Any advice as to where I should be looking in that regard would be appreciated.


      3. The possibility of investing in a Solid State Hard Drive? I've heard things about the issue with detoriation, but its all very unclear.
      Would it be worth using a solid state hard drive to store my Adobe programs on? Would it improve the speed in which I read information from the program?


      Any other comments about the other components in this PC rough design are also appreciated. I essentially just to clarify whether I'm steering down the right path here.
      This PC should come to around £1300. I wanna keep it under £1500 generally.

        • 1. Re: Buying Computer system for Design Purposes: Need Advice
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          Since you mention Premiere, I can think of two EXTREMELY useful items:


          1) a Premiere-approved NVidia card, which can be used in conjunction with Premiere CS5's Mercury render engine, and it is wondrous thing of to behold in operation.  It REALLY speeds up work in Premiere.


          2) a 4 TB (minimum) external RAID connected by Firewire 800 or eSATA (preferable) to speed video throughput.




          Since you mention AE, I can think of two more things:


          1) Dual quad-core processors; considering AE's ability to use hyperthreading, that's 16 cores!  That's great for AE & multiprocessing.


          2) a boatload more memory!  I have a dual quad-core machine with 24 GB, and when I can afford it, i'll boost that up to 48GB.  You need lots of RAM to make multiprocessing work effectively.

          • 2. Re: Buying Computer system for Design Purposes: Need Advice
            I.B. Level 1

            Thanks for the advice, man. The graphics card looks interesting and all, and those are some good tips but I'm afraid it's all just too outside my price range. I'm a student so I can only really afford up to around £1500. I just need something that will be able to handle the projects I'm doing and will last me for a while when running adobe programs. I'm not generally handling anything that complex as of yet.

            • 3. Re: Buying Computer system for Design Purposes: Need Advice
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

              At least consider more RAM! 12GB is not much on a hexacore processor and being stuck with that amount of memory is my sole regret with my machine at home - a first generation core7i with a mobo that only handles 12GB. If I had a choice, I'd definitely get more...