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    First sorry to the MODs if i post at the wrong place please shift the post if there is a need. Thanks a lot

    I have read through the relevant thread on ips monitor and cpu requirement for photoshop and light room but most of them a not up to date and i have already lost touch of the Pc world so i asking advice here from the seniors. Thanks a lot in advance

    Abit about what i do so that you all can better understand what i need, i currently have a full time job and doing part time event photography, i'm waiting for my current full time job contract to end before joining my friend's event company as a photographer/event manager. i need a pc to allow me to edit about 300-500 pictures for every job.

    My old quad core pc just died on me a few days ago and i decided to totally discard the old one and get a new diy pc tomorrow (will be heading down to sim lim, recommendation of with shop to go is good too). The budget given to me is around 2K including a dell u2312hm or u2412hm (willing to top up with my own money if the budget blows, as this will become my personal pc)

    Looking for advise what CPU, amount of RAM, Graphics card, SSD hard drive. I will most likely going to over clock the cpu and upgrade the cooling system.

    Any shop in sim lim sell Spyder pro? i looking to get 1 for myself instead of always loaning from my friend.

    Thanks a lot in advance
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    Many such similar threads in the "Digital Darkroom" category. Try a SEARCH.

    2k is good, get the Dell from the Dell online store, then you get a good price.

    As for the rest, you have a very good budget. There is NO NEED for a gaming video card with a lot of RAM. Photoshop does not use this. So a simple 100 SGD card will do, or is you get a CPU with built-in GPU that's good enough too. Just get a system with a lot of harddrive space (I use 2 3TB drives in a RAID1 array for redundancy for my photos and other data) and maybe a 128GB SSD for the main boot/application drive.

    Get 16GB of RAM, and you're all set. You can EASILY get a good rig for under 1k. Look at the buyers guide stickies in Hardwarezone.

    Of course, if it will be your personal PC and you will use it for gaming, add in another 600-650 for an nVidia 670 GTX.
    Alpha

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    Thanks alot i did search and spend the whole morning and afternoon reading through all the post.

    I get what u mean photoshop will write history on a scratch disk but i'm looking to maximise the full 2k budget given to me since its given to me

    Looking to optimise the image processing speed too as i do not want to spend long period of time waiting for the computer to load.

    I seldom play games and looking for a balance system as from what i understand from reading all those post is, its better to have a balance system then having a bottle neck somewhere.

    I'm using 5dmkiii and shoot in raw format.

    Thanks alot
    Last edited by beevian; 18th June 2012 at 07:43 PM.
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    a good DIY system is all about striking a balance between all components.

    your best friend here:
    Hardware Clinic - www.hardwarezone.com.sg

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    Quote Originally Posted by beevian View Post
    Thanks alot i did search and spend the whole morning and afternoon reading through all the post.

    I get what u mean photoshop will write history on a scratch disk but i'm looking to maximise the full 2k budget given to me since its given to me

    Looking to optimise the image processing speed too as i do not want to spend long period of time waiting for the computer to load.

    I seldom play games and looking for a balance system as from what i understand from reading all those post is, its better to have a balance system then having a bottle neck somewhere.

    I'm using 5dmkiii and shoot in raw format.

    Thanks alot
    If you follow my advice.... 2k is gone really fast.
    Alpha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    If you follow my advice.... 2k is gone really fast.
    i did follow your advice. i blew almost 3K

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    Actually i looking to blow 3k too:x
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    Quote Originally Posted by beevian View Post
    Actually i looking to blow 3k too:x
    this is what Rashkae recommended to me, but i did some tweaks:

    Gigabyte GA Z68A-D3H-B3 motherboard
    Core i5 2500
    16GB RAM (G-Skill Ares)
    Asus HD7870 (i think) 2GB Video Ram
    Seasonic 520W PSU
    2TB HDD
    LG Blu-ray Combo Disc-drive

    and i added in my own existing Razer Keyboard and Mouse, and bought a Dell U2711 monitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    i did follow your advice. i blew almost 3K
    But you're happy lor...
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    hi my disclaimer first I haven't read HWZ forums for a long long time, too big and confusing for me can't follow liao heh... my recommendations are based on my own reading of magazines and online review sites

    I agree that the more important components are the CPU and RAM, get 16GB of RAM and then the best CPU/motherboard combination your budget allows.

    I would recommend that you budget a bit more for monitor since you're doing professional work, probably get the Dell U2410 or equivalent monitor cos it covers a wider gamut and give more accurate colours. Then budget for a Wacom tablet or equivalent, looks like most pros do their work on it

    Probably re-use your keyboard and mouse. Can also salvage the DVD burner (likely need to burn copies for clients), and consider buying a HDD enclosure and use your old hard disk as backup drive.

    Shops wise maybe those who are more current with HWZ forums can advice better. For me those SLS shops which I found were ok from years ago and still around are like Bell, Fuwell, Cybermind...

    A very rough breakdown of costs:
    16GB RAM 150
    Basic graphics card 80
    OCZ Vertex4 128GB SSD 240
    2x 3TB HDD (in RAID 1) 240x2
    Dell Ultrasharp U2410 680
    Casing 150
    750W power supply 200
    Subtotal = 1980 Oops

    Still need CPU/motherboard, CPU cooler (eg CM Hyper 212 Evo 70), Wacom tablet

    happy shopping!

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    with that budget, go for AIO water cooling.

    air cooling takes up a lot of chassis space and imo still not as efficient as water cooling.

    with the all-in-one package and unlike the custom ones, the former is not difficult to set up if you can read and follow instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tecnica
    with that budget, go for AIO water cooling.

    air cooling takes up a lot of chassis space and imo still not as efficient as water cooling.

    with the all-in-one package and unlike the custom ones, the former is not difficult to set up if you can read and follow instructions.
    Air cooling towers more efficient than the water cooling units at same price point.
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    A good place for recommendations and some ideas would be Hardware Clinic at Hardwarezone. One thing to take note of is please avoid buying from Cybermind. Many people in HWZ have reported bad incidents there. A place I would personally recommend is PC Themes, good service and competitive price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mds80 View Post
    A good place for recommendations and some ideas would be Hardware Clinic at Hardwarezone. One thing to take note of is please avoid buying from Cybermind. Many people in HWZ have reported bad incidents there. A place I would personally recommend is PC Themes, good service and competitive price.
    Yup, PC Themes is the new kid on the block, good prices.
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    Thanks alot for all the advice will pop down sls later and update this thread
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    Not that I want to find faults, but I don't think that 16GB of ram will be needed at all for photo-editing purposes. It'll be helpful during multiple intense workload but
    for doing gaming/photo-editing wise 8GB of ram would suffice. Also, a decent graphics card would be better than having built-in for obvious reasons.

    If you do not see a need to actually get the latest generation of processor (Ivy Bridge), get Sandy Bridge instead. Personally recommend 2600/k for future-proof purposes.

    Just my 2 cents from experience.

    Quote Originally Posted by mds80 View Post
    A good place for recommendations and some ideas would be Hardware Clinic at Hardwarezone. One thing to take note of is please avoid buying from Cybermind. Many people in HWZ have reported bad incidents there. A place I would personally recommend is PC Themes, good service and competitive price.
    I have personally heard from close friends that CyberMind has a better service now compared back then. Still, do it at your own risk
    Last edited by devastation; 19th June 2012 at 05:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastation View Post
    Not that I want to find faults, but I don't think that 16GB of ram will be needed at all for photo-editing purposes. It'll be helpful during multiple intense workload but
    for doing gaming/photo-editing wise 8GB of ram would suffice.
    Asrock and Asus boards can auto-create a RAMdisk of 8GB for the Photoshop scratch disk. Then PS really flies.
    Alpha

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    You will probably need to look into backup as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Asrock and Asus boards can auto-create a RAMdisk of 8GB for the Photoshop scratch disk. Then PS really flies.
    Oh ok.. I didn't know about that.

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    Went down to sls pc themes great serive an price i blew my buget of 2k by abt 400.

    List of wat i got:
    Intel i7-3770k
    Asrock z77 extreme 4
    G skill16gd ram
    Crucial m4 128gd ssd drive
    W.D black 1tb hdd
    Sony dvdrw
    Msi 2gd twin frozr II
    Seasonic m12ii 650w
    Nzxt phantom 410 casing
    Noctua nh d14 cpu cooler
    Dell u2412m
    Xigmatex accessor pro 3.5 usb 3.0 card reader

    Plus free anti virus

    I will b reusing my old hdd for more storage and os window 7 64bit.

    Ups for pc themes great service and price!
    5DmkIII, sigma 50f1.4, tokina 100f2.8,. 580exII

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