Site Sponsors
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Computer build - what do you use?

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    Posts
    71
    Post Thanks / Like

    Computer build - what do you use?

    I will preface this by saying I currently use and will upgrade to a Windows machine for the reasons that I am used to it and it's cheaper for the same specs.

    I'm looking at building a new computer tower for myself, primarily for Photoshop use (I do a lot of image stitching), and although I know generally what I want, I'd like to know what other people use and would recommend for this kind of application (since most computer build how-to's are for gaming).

    My budget for the build (tower only; I have the peripherals) is $1000, and this is what I've been thinking about so far:

    Intel i5 3570K, quadcore 3.4GHz
    G-Skill 32GB DDR3-2133 RAM
    EVGA 1GB DDR3-810 Video RAM
    128GB 6GB/s scratch disk for OS, Photoshop/etc, and current project items
    and a motherboard capable of extending to 32GB 2800MHz RAM.

    Total cost for this (before tax and shipping) is $910.


    My main concerns are:

    I don't know what how much effect the video RAM has on performance, since I'm only using a single 1080p monitor;

    I'm not sure whether to maximize RAM speed or size;

    and obviously I'd like the software I'm using to be able to use at least a large percentage of the available processing power and RAM for image rendering and editing.

    Many thanks in advance for any and all comments and suggestions!

  2. #2
    Senior Member thrice's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    1,266
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Computer build - what do you use?

    Video RAM has negligible effect on performance, 512MB would be plenty for 2D on a 1080p monitor.

    Maximise RAM speed.
    More importantly maximise SSD speed.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Lancs, UK
    Posts
    181
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Computer build - what do you use?

    You need to be careful choosing which SSD you buy. It is still pretty much a plug and pray technology.

    Do research on the models you are interested in and see if other folks have reported faults with them. Problems are usually fixed with a firmware upgrade but you will normally have to wipe the drive when applying the fix.
    Don't be wooed by the fastest (claimed) figures, but try to find the best combination of speed and reliability.

  4. #4
    Senior Member RVB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Amsterdam
    Posts
    807
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Computer build - what do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by shakeshuck View Post
    You need to be careful choosing which SSD you buy. It is still pretty much a plug and pray technology.

    Do research on the models you are interested in and see if other folks have reported faults with them. Problems are usually fixed with a firmware upgrade but you will normally have to wipe the drive when applying the fix.
    Don't be wooed by the fastest (claimed) figures, but try to find the best combination of speed and reliability.
    OWC make excellent SSD's and samsung are pretty good and relatively cheap..

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •