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Old Mar 21, 2006, 4:40 PM   #1
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I had a customer come in today asking for a quote on a budget sytems to use for Photoshop CS2 on a professional basis. He has a DSLR and will be using large RAW Format photos to be edited in Photoshop CS2. What do you guys recommend as specifications for a good system for this use.

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Old Mar 21, 2006, 9:02 PM   #2
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Lot's of speed, lot's of RAM, and lot's of storage. Doesn't sound like much of a budget system, but if he is going to be doing it on a pro basis, the extra time he'll spend using a budget system will cost a lot more in the long run.

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For sure not a budget(cheap) system, look at 2GB Ram, fastest processor, 250+GB hd, dvdrw.
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the best idea is to get your budget and we can build the best specs around that budget. To make it as cheap as possible (not sure if hes building it himself)

an athlon 64 processor. A dual core one would be helpful, but anything in the 3200+ and higher will do you right on a budget. Pentiums are pricier with less performance at a given price point.

1 gb ram minimum. 2 gb for sure.

2 HDDs. One for program. another for a scratch disk.

get a video card as well, not the onboard solutions of many budget business type computers as they strip the sysem memory for their use. You dont need any fancy 3d power if hes not playing any games with it, but get some with some onboard ram like 128 megs.

Dvd burner is helpful for backups.

so some quick math for the above using retail name brand parts through Newegg.com (great site for computer parts, BTW. also where I got my Minolta 5D) would cost

100 case w/ power supply
150 2 GB ram
220 for 600 Gb Hard drive space 2x 300gb SATA
300 for athlon 64 dual core 3800+, 150 for athlon 64 3200+
100 motherboard.
75 DVD burner
Monitor (depends) get a 19 inch at least. CRT would be cheaper. LCD around 350+


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Here's the system we're currently setting up for just this purpose:

Motherboard: Asus A8N-E nForce4 Audio/GB-LAN/USB/PCI-E/SATA3G/DDR/ATX 64 939
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 1MB 90nm Rev. E San Diego (939) (Retail Box-w-Fan)
Memory: 2 GB (2 pcs 1GB) DDR (400) PC-3200 Corsair (TWINX2048-3200PT)
Video Card: eVGA GeForce 6800 GS CO SE 256MB DDR3/PCI
System Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE 250 GB SATA3G 16MB Cache 7200 RPM (WD2500KS)
RAW Photo Storage Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE 250 GB SATA3G 16MB Cache 7200 RPM (WD2500KS)
Internal 11 in 1 Card Reader

Hopefully it's as fast and efficient as we think it should be. After fighting a computer that would BSOD at the drop of a hat, anything would be better than what I've been using for the past 3 years

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note: if you are going to be running 2 SATA hard disks, you can put them together on a RAID 0 (stripping) array for additional hard disk performance. Helps with the loading tasks of large files. Increases the chance for a failure though.
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