Photoshop beast build - Would love your thoughts

Mar 27, 2006
Atlanta, GA
I do backup for every shoot onto DVD and off site so I'm not terribly worried about losing stuff. It would suck though, don't get me wrong. I've never had a HD failure. (knock on wood) I'm all over the place on this build. I don't want to drop more money than I really need to but I want something that will work well for 3-4 years. PC's are so much faster now compared to my P4 that anything will seem like a huge increase. So I guess in a nutshell I don't need or want to RAID. I do want to overclock a little. Not anything extreme but I'd like to hit 3Ghz. I may actually just go to a 7200RPM OS drive to save some money. And finally is DDR3 @ 1333 worth it? Will I actually notice the difference?
DDR3 is not worth it. Get good quality plain jane 800 MHz DDR2. At a clock speed of 400MHz, your memory will be running at it's designed speed of 800MHz, and your Q9450 will be running at 3.2GHz.
Dec 21, 2007
San Jose, Ca
So after nearly 4 years with my P4 it's time I upgrade. My current PC just can't handle CS3 and Lightroom. I'm hoping a quad-core PC will really speed up my workflow. I'm wasting so much time batching stuff at a snail's pace. Here's what I have so far. I'd love any thoughts or suggestions. I think I'm going to order everything this weekend.

I'd like to OC past 3.0Ghz. I know it's easily acheived with this processor. The Raptor HD is for my C: drive, the 750 is for business photos and such, I also have a 320 in my current PC but it's IDE. I think I can use it on this MOBO. I also have another 80gb IDE HD that I'd like to use as a scratch disk for PS. I know the video card is overkill, I'd like to have the option of gaming if I decide to. Nothing hardcore but I want it to be enjoyable. I'm planning of going with Vista Ultimate 64bit. Lemme know what you think. Thanks


Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz

ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard

Antec Performance One P180 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply

EVGA 512-P3-N861-AR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit Video Card

Western Digital Raptor X 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s HD

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache HD

ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink

I was on board until we got down to the hard drives.

I would pickup a Seagate 7200.11 Sata II 500 gb drive for your main storage, the 32mb cache model, and pick up a Seagate 7200.11 Sata II 1TB for your photo storage.

Both drives are close enough in speed that the money saved is well worth the added space.
Jul 7, 2006
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Well I pulled the trigger last night. I changed some things around a bit. Here's what I bought.

Lian-Li case that David mentioned. Thanks.
8gb OCZ Reaper DDR2 800 RAM.
Same processor.
I went with Baracudda 7200RPM HD's. One 500 for C: and one 750 for storage
Corsair 520W PSU. It had modular cabling. I decided it was worth the extra cash for a cleaner case.
I also went with the Zalman cooler.

I decided RAID wasn't really necessary. I was torn over getting a raptor HD for the C: but they didn't have any in stock. The velociraptor wasn't worth the money IMO. Thanks to everyone for their help. I'm sure some of you will see some issues with what I ended up with but I'm sure I'll be happy with it.
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