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Looking to build a Semi-Workstation
11-03-2013, 10:12 PM,
#1
Looking to build a Semi-Workstation
It looks like the Entry Level/Mainstream Workstation builds are out of date. I'm interested in building something along the lines of an i7-4770K based system. 256 GB SSD for OS and applications. Possibly a 2nd SSD (128 Gig?) as a "working drive" for files while they're being processed. And 2-3 TB capacity drives to archive libraries, one drive per year or two. A decent GPU for CS6 work, even though Lightroom doesn't utilize the GPU, my partner does quite a bit of work in CS6 (liquify adjustments mostly).

This is what I'm thinking for a "Professional Photographer's Rig" -

$340 i7-4770K
$125 ASUS Z87-K DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Mobo
$140 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800)
$160 NVIDIA Quadro 600 by PNY 1GB DDR3 PCI Express
$60 Seasonic 80Plus Power Supply M12II 620 BRONZE Power supply
$31 Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler
$22 Asus 24x DVD-RW SATA Optical Drive
$60 Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower
$160 SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD 256 GB SATA 6.0 (Operating System and Applications)
$80 Kingston Digital 120GB SSD (Working Drive. Files Post Processsed here then moved to archive.
$89 WD Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive (Archival only)
$20 Rosewill 74-In-1 USB 3.0 3.5-Inch Internal Card Reader
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This puts me at roughly $1175 and we'd just need to get her mouse/keyboard/monitors. Like I said, this rig would be for strictly Lightroom/Photoshop CS6/and some NIK packages.

Does anybody see any glaring incompatibilities in the gear I've chosen? Something I'm listing that I might regret later?
Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz O/C to 4.20GHz ~ ASUS P7P55D-E Pro MoBo ~ G.SKILL Sniper 16GB (4 x 4GB) ~ CM HAF 922 Case ~ 2X Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire ~ Sandisk 256GB SATA 3.0 SSD ~ Sandisk 120GB SATA 3.0 SSD ~ A-DATA 64GB SATA II SSD ~ 2X Western Digital 3 TB ~ 2X Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint ~ Corsair 750W Power Supply ~ CM Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler ~ 2x Acer H243H 24" 2ms 24" LCD >>>> 7.7 Windows Score <<<< Highest Stable O/C Score
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11-04-2013, 07:44 AM,
#2
Looking to build a Semi-Workstation
I would suggest 32 GB of RAM if you can swing it. For the SSDs, I would suggest the Samsung EVO SSDs. Everything looks good. I use a GTX 660 GPU for my Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 system.


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11-04-2013, 01:18 PM,
#3
RE: Looking to build a Semi-Workstation
Ditto on the EVO. Just get a the 256GB model and split it into 2 partitions if you really want a separate "working drive".

You can put the money you save toward the extra RAM.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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11-04-2013, 07:36 PM,
#4
RE: Looking to build a Semi-Workstation
Thanks. This is still in the planning stages. My partner needs a workstation, so I'm setting aside all of my income from shoots to surprise her with one. And partitioning one 256 MB SSD makes a lot of sense. I was thinking of how "full" my OS/Apps SSD had gotten, but she doesn't use her computer for anything but post-processing. 32 MB RAM makes more sense for the same $$$.
Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz O/C to 4.20GHz ~ ASUS P7P55D-E Pro MoBo ~ G.SKILL Sniper 16GB (4 x 4GB) ~ CM HAF 922 Case ~ 2X Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire ~ Sandisk 256GB SATA 3.0 SSD ~ Sandisk 120GB SATA 3.0 SSD ~ A-DATA 64GB SATA II SSD ~ 2X Western Digital 3 TB ~ 2X Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint ~ Corsair 750W Power Supply ~ CM Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler ~ 2x Acer H243H 24" 2ms 24" LCD >>>> 7.7 Windows Score <<<< Highest Stable O/C Score
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11-04-2013, 08:23 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-04-2013, 08:25 PM by MathieuB.)
#5
RE: Looking to build a Semi-Workstation
I'd stay away from the ASUS Z87-K, it has very poor customer reviews.

I'm currently working on an update to the Entry-Level Workstations and if you want a good entry-level Z87 motherboard, I'd recommend the GIGABYTE GA-Z87-D3HP:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813128590

+1 on the Samsung EVO SSD.

32GB of RAM is a good idea if she wants to multi-task with many files in Photoshop and tons of pictures in Lightroom open at the same time.

No need for a quadro workstation card, any modern entry-level gaming video card can handle GPU acceleration for CS6.

620W is overkill for the PSU, 500W is plenty enough, even if you overclock the CPU.

I'd go with the WD Red series instead of the Green series. Designed for 24/7 usage, higher performance and longer warranty.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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11-04-2013, 08:55 PM,
#6
RE: Looking to build a Semi-Workstation
I like the 32 GB RAM option esp once I realized how much free space I currently have on my new 256 GB SSD (I only have the OS, up to date drivers, all of my utility programs (CCleaner, Chrome, Firefox, etc), Office 2007 Ultimate (Outlook, Word, and Excel), and my Adobe stuff (Lightroom, Photoshop CC, Premier Pro, Acrobat XI Pro, and After Effects)... leaves plenty of room for a working drive if I set an 80 GB partition up for that.

Why would I have hundreds of photos open in Photoshop? Just curious, my workflow is to do everything in LR, then jump out to Photoshop for individual image touchups.
Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz O/C to 4.20GHz ~ ASUS P7P55D-E Pro MoBo ~ G.SKILL Sniper 16GB (4 x 4GB) ~ CM HAF 922 Case ~ 2X Radeon HD 6850 1GB in Crossfire ~ Sandisk 256GB SATA 3.0 SSD ~ Sandisk 120GB SATA 3.0 SSD ~ A-DATA 64GB SATA II SSD ~ 2X Western Digital 3 TB ~ 2X Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint ~ Corsair 750W Power Supply ~ CM Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler ~ 2x Acer H243H 24" 2ms 24" LCD >>>> 7.7 Windows Score <<<< Highest Stable O/C Score
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