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Hardware Thread, Sub £600 Pc for the wifes Photography! in Technical; Originally Posted by danrhodes Depends what I'm doing, I can pretty much render and Filter or Effect onto a RAW ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    Depends what I'm doing, I can pretty much render and Filter or Effect onto a RAW file within a few seconds. Even a 100% Radial Blur with all the bells and whistles takes only 10 - 15 seconds which is rather quick!

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    dare i ask how much your rig cost?

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    Honestly I don't know it must be a fair old amount. If you really want to test your CPU and Photoshop try using Photoshop Benchmark V3

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    Quote Originally Posted by RinSewand View Post
    I'd be tempted to go down the Intel route for a bit more grunt...

    i5 - 750
    Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2

    Then throw as much ram as possible. Personally I wouldn't bother with raid for reduncancy, but feel free to use it for speed, I'd just backup to a different phsyical disc.

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    Agreed, if you don't want to re-mortgage then the i5 is a cracking chip get some good dual channel RAM and some fast Storage and you'l be away, I used to have an i5 750 before I upgraded, and can vouch for them being a good bit of kit, they run cool too, especially when used with a http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/p...-FRZ-XTR2.html which is also what I now use on the i7 :-)

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    okay now with some good advise i have revised my budget and so far have the following

    Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - Retail + Napoleon Total War

    Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)
    Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 microATX Motherboard

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    How about these for drives? i would have to change the board though, is the SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache a worthy purchase

    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (WD6402AAEX) [] Internal Hard Drives SATA-II 450GB - 800GB

    i was thinking 4 of these running raid 5

    also two drives running raid 1 for the OS

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    Sounds good, with those disk in Raid 5 you would have 1.78TB to play with!

    Make sure you get uber fast drives for the OS Raid1!

    Also make sure your mobo supports the 6GB/s Aata, I'd say its a worthy purchase as its doubling your max throughput and as your going to be working with big files it seems resonable!

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    Before you get too hung up about 6gb SATA interfaces, see if you can find out what benchmarked data rates are for the drives..... I doubt they are capable of sustained data rates that come anywhere close... the interface may peak at 6gb/s when handing commands & transferring data to and from cache but drive latency will still be the limiting factor.

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    And the boards will drastically increase in cost!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydogmitchell View Post
    Iím not sure if I should go for raid or just simply use another drive for backups.
    I use an external RAID-1 box - a box, connected via eSATA, that holds two SATA drives that mirror each other, so you can one out as a backup. It's a handy device, although the fan on it does make a bit of a racket.

    The PC will be used for Lightroom and Photoshop only- she recently imported 1500 photos from an all day wedding so the pc needs to be quick to copy this volume of raws and render them.
    As well as RAM, Photoshop can utilise a separate, dedicated disk as a "scratch" disk. I don't know what's better / faster / better value, an extra drive or extra RAM, though.

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    I'd suggest that more RAM would be an improvement over a scratch disk, especially if a raided disk set is being used anyway. I may be wrong though, and I'd say Lightroom is a deffinate RAM over HDD.

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    I'd go with extra RAM, as Photoshop uses the scratch disk if it does not have enough RAM to work with, a bit like virtual Memory I suppose!

    This seems quite usefull - http://photoshopninja.com/applicatio...-scratch-disk/

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    Thanks for all the replies,

    ive now decieded on the following system:

    Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz (Lynnfield) (Socket LGA1156) - Retail
    Corsair XMS3 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M4A1600C9)
    Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 Intel P55 (Socket 1156) DDR3 microATX Motherboard
    Intel X25-M Mainstream 80GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive (SSDSA2MH080G2C1)
    2 x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM (WD1002FAEX)
    Asus GeForce GT 220 1024MB DDR2 PCI-Express Graphics Card

    im going use the SSD on its own for the OS - but will add a another SSD and use raid 1 later on

    the two SATA drives will also be raid 1 - to be used for strorage of RAWS's and JPEGS

    all i need now is an affordable case and decent PSU

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    EEEK don't get a GT 220 they arent very good and as Photochop can use the processing power of your GPU then its also worth upgrading that as well! I run a pair of GeForce GTX 260

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    EEEK don't get a GT 220 they arent very good and as Photochop can use the processing power of your GPU then its also worth upgrading that as well! I run a pair of GeForce GTX 260

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    damn that's gonna be expensive- too expensive to be honest

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    You dont have to get the 260's look at the 240's or 250's. They are good cards, theres a GT 240 that comes with rather fast GDDR5, that would be ok!

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/188991
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220308
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161967

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