Building a photo-editing rig ~ $2000 (Q1 2014)

slavenpatrick

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Any suggestions for building a heavy duty photo editing rig (i.e., lots of multitasking with large files in Photoshop, Lightroom, Photomechanic, Bridge) for around $2000? I'll be running some proprietary software that extracts images and renders them on backgrounds. I do very little video editing and 3D work.

I'm an experienced system builder, but I would be fine buying something off the shelf and then upgrading.

I am running dual monitors, one being a Eizo FlexScan SX2262W at 1920x1200.

This is my thought:

CPU :: $580 :: i7-4930K
GPU :: $350 :: GTX 770
MoBo :: $220 :: ASRock x79 Extreme 4
RAM :: $180 :: G.Skill Ripjaws X (16gb)
SSD :: $170 :: SanDisk Ultra Plus
HD :: $90 :: WD Green (2TB)
Drive :: $60 :: Pioneer BDR-208DBK
Case :: $100 :: Fractal Design Define R4
PSU :: $135 :: Seasonic M12II SS-850
Cooler :: $95 :: Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme
Fan :: $11 :: Antec Spot Cool Blue LED Fan
 

TheMohammadmo

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($119.98 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($202.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($342.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($100.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2012.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 21:52 EST-0500)
 

g-unit1111

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The extra case fan is a waste of money, as is Corsair Dominator Platinum - it's ridiculously expensive for nothing more than a fancy heat sink. For an X79 rig you need 4 x 4GB, not 2 x 8GB.

This is what I'd suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 99.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($300.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector 150 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($349.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($24.29 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($138.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2111.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 23:03 EST-0500)
 

TheMohammadmo

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Whats up g unit. Ok first of all you dont need 32gb. He said himself that he is doing very little 3d work and video editing. So 16gb is good for that. I know your gonna say something about the psu, but then the psu is a nice fully modular and 80+ gold efficiency. The reason for the 850w is beause the 750w version was around the same price, so yeah. Your psu isnt MODULAR which makes cable managment really difficult. Also its only 80+ bronze. I have a bigger solid state drive and a bigger hdd. Also your budget is more expensive then mine even if you add an os to my build.
 

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