Photoshop CS4 Extended - Build opinion/advice needed


Sep 19, 2011
I'm very new to all of this...have never put together a system from scratch. I'm looking to run Photoshop CS Extended (3D Rendering) pretty extensively. Other than that, just iTunes and web gaming. Here is the build I've come up with:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($85.00 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $806.92

I've forgotten to add an SSD for the O/S and apps, so that will add to the price. Where can I save some $$ here, without sacrificing speed/efficiency and longevity? Thanks for any feedback...I'm basically putty in your hands...I'm very easily led!!

Have you checked the Adobe forums? Lots of good information there.

Last time I checked the optimal drive setup seemed to be one ssd for Windows 7 and Adobe applications; one small capacity ssd used as a scratch disk; and a hard disk drive to store data files/images.

I use Adobe products for professional work. I do have my Adobe applications on an ssd. However, I did not bother with a second ssd to use as a scratch disk. I am very satisfied with my setup.



Sep 19, 2011

Andrea, I use Photoshop CS5 on a daily basis on my system with 3 SSD's. Two of which in raid 0 as a system drive where photoshop is installed and the third I use as a scratch disk. Using filters such as lens blur on raw images taken from a Nikon DSLR used to take up to 9 minutes to render on my old system. After upgrading to an i7 2600 CPU and a P8P67 motherboard and installing the SSDs, the lens blur filter on the same image took 69 seconds!!

Upgrading from a Q6600 to an i7 2600 was surely the biggest factor, but the SSDs really speed things up as well.