Building PC specifically for graphic design

Gigabyte / P35c-ds3r
October 13, 2011 at 07:56:01
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, 3 GHz / 4094 MB
Hi Everyone,

Been a while since iv built a machine from scratch and wanted some advice please. My fiance does a lot of photo/video editing, she also designs logos and such graphics. The applications she uses range from, MS Paint.net, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Maya and a few others. Currently she is using a laptop to do all her work, its pretty slow and can be very frustrating for her.

So basically i want to build her a PC, iv looked into Apple Mac pro but she doesnt like them.

The OS i am thinking of putting on there is Windows 7 Ultimate 32 or 64 bit

What i need help with is deciding what hardware to buy

Motherboard
Graphics card
Ram
Monitor

shall i go for a solid state drive?

The budget is about £700 but can be stretched to maybe £1000 if needed. I am not asking for anyone to do my research for me, but some guidance as to what to look for will be very helpful. But if you know what hardware will be good then that would be awesome too :)

Thanks,


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#1
October 13, 2011 at 09:21:34
No solid state drive.

MB that supports a Quad core processor
Video card with a 1 gig pf memory, preferable a PCIe card.
4 gigs if you go with a 32 bit OS, 6 or 8 if you go 64. But make sure all your programs support a 64 bit OS. Not all do.
22" or maybe a 24"

Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.

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#2
October 13, 2011 at 20:55:14
My preference would lean towards
Intel 2nd Gen i5 (or i7)
Socket 1155 board Gigabyte or Asus
Widows 7 64bit
8GB RAM DDR3 Dual channel set
WD hard drive 'Black' series 1TB+ (larger buffer, SATA III, reliable)
<Three partitions for 100GB OS & utilities, 200GB Programs, Balance: Files> to improve access speed and reliability.
Consider a second hard drive for back ups
Midrange to upper midrange 'gaming' card with 1GB GDDR3 or 5 and dual DVI outputs
24" wide monitor with DVI inputs (second one later if needed)
Don't overlook a decent power supply with a single 12volt rail, enough wattage and 12 volt rail amperage, and 80% efficiency rating or better.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
October 17, 2011 at 01:03:28
Guys thank you for your suggestions, im going to put together a list of components, will post them up here if you dont mind giving it a quick once over. Thank you for your help.

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#4
October 17, 2011 at 06:00:46
So here is a list of components i am proposing to buy:

Mobo: GA-Z68XP-UD3P Intel Z68 (Socket 1155)
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/...

GPU: Novatech GeForce GTX 560Ti 2046MB GDDR5
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/...

HD: WD 1TB 3.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s Caviar Black Hard Drive - 7200rpm 64MB Cache
http://www.ebuyer.com/193712-wd-1tb...

RAM: 8GB Kit (4GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 CL=9http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=4B17B2EEA5CA7304

CPU: 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5 2500 3.30GHz Socket LGA1155 - Retail
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/...

PSU: ThermalTake TR2 Series 800W 80 PLUS® Bronze Power Supply
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/...

Case: Lian Li PC-V1020A Silver Midi Tower
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog...

Sorry about the links, i have included the names of each component so you dont have to click on the links if you dont want to.

Any comments, or suggestions would be very much welcome.

Thanks,



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#5
October 17, 2011 at 10:16:01
Looks good to me, IF you are considering possibly overclocking in the future, go with the 2500K with it's unlocked multiplier, but if that is not a consideration, don't bother spending the extra money and stay with the 2500 you listed.
Anyway, sounds good and good luck.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
October 17, 2011 at 10:30:31
I would recommend you select a TOP PSU mounted case. The thermal properties of bottom mounted PSU cases are not as good. The PSU exhausts much of the heat from the case. Can't do that with a bottom mount because heat rises. You may also run into issues with cabling lengths not reaching.

That case is extremely expensive too. You could save alot of cash to put elsewhere by selecting a steel case for 25% of that price or less.

I am not into Intel so I can't comment on the remainder except to say the PSU looks good.

You might also look at the list of recommended RAM for the MBoard you selected. Manufacturers publish a list of tested RAM. That is not to say other RAM will not work. Just that RAM from the list is guaranteed to work.

Below is a link to Gigabyte for your board. Click on the Memory list.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...


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#7
October 18, 2011 at 01:12:56
This is brilliant information you are providing, thank you very much.

Hi Fingers, im not very comfortable with overclocking so i may just stick with the 2500, however thank you for the suggestion, if things change or i build another machine i can always consider it. :) thanks a lot for your help

Hi OtheHill, DOH, i didnt think about that, what im looking for is a case that has front USB 3 ports, as the mobo has a USB 3 header on it. im actually struggling to find a decent one. Any suggestions?

Also, thank you for the link you provided, i had a look through the list of tested memory, and i came accros a brand i have read about on forums quite a lot, G.Skill, any thoughts on this brand? i am particularly interested in this one F3-10666CL7D-8GBRH but on the G.Skill website, under this memory the Gigabyte mother is not on the supported list, any ideas why? http://www.gskill.com/products.php?...

i am assuming that if Giga-Byte have this memory on their supported list, it will work?

Thanks for all your help and comments guys i really appreciate it so much.


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#8
October 18, 2011 at 04:54:53
Each USB headder supports actually 2 external USB ports without a hub. You can add a front mounted USB set of ports (some with other features) into an external 3.5" or 5.25" external mount. Look:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
This one has 4 USB 3.0 ports:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
So pick the case you like better, then add what you need.

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#9
October 18, 2011 at 07:07:23
Always, I recommend using RAM that meets JEDEC specs for the type of RAM it is. In this case the spec I find important is the voltage. JEDEC calls for 1.5V for DDR3. The RAM you linked runs at 1.5V so that is good. In addition to that G.Skill appears to have tested that RAM on the MBoard you have selected so you should be OK with it. Asus doesn't test every possible memory stick available. I really don't know what their logic is. That said, if they tested it, then that RAM should be stable in that board.

As far as cases go, I normally go for full or mid tower for the extra room and the belief things will run cooler. I never pay over $50 US for any case. Main things, IMO, are-top mount PSU, single rear discharge fan at least 92mm, easy access and not too flimsy. No side or top fans. Front fan is not necessary. Then you need to get what options you need on the front.

I assume you are in the UK but if you go to newegg.com you can search computer hardware using parameters you choose. Newegg doesn't ship to Europe. That may help you narrow down your search. For example, you can eliminate all cases with bottom mounted PSU and the size. Then search for cases with the front connections you need, or get a bay mounted unit like Fingers linked.


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#10
October 19, 2011 at 00:57:23
OK so i opted for a cheaper case with top mountable PSU, i have chosen a front 3.5 bay panel with USB 3. i have also decided to go for the G.Skill ram i mentioned above. i think i would have made some big mistakes if it wasnt for you guys seawatch1, Fingers and OtheHill, so thank you again for your help and advice. i really appreciate it a lot :)

This computer is going to be more powerful than my own hmmmmm i may need to upgrade lol.

Thanks,


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#11
October 19, 2011 at 04:34:39
You are welcome. good luck. IF this is your first build, Google 'first computer build' or similar and read, read, read.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
October 19, 2011 at 13:29:42
You're welcome. Thanks for replying.

Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.

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