System to handel CS5 + 0000's Photos


Jul 11, 2011
Hi Guy,s

I am a professional photographer, most of my day is spent on CS5, as you all know, it's a
resource hog. Every machine PC or Mac that I have bought just don't have the horse power to drive it. You
spend most of the day waiting for things to happen.

So, I have decided to build a new PC that will handle the load.

First, I would like to install Win 7 - 64 on its own on a 60Gb SSD. I do not want anything else on this drive
except for the OS. I could be wrong, but I belive the system will run more efficient and be more stable, also in
the event I need to reinstall or upgrade the OS, I don't have to worry about my programs and files.

My config would be as follows, but I am open to suggestions and recommendations

CPU - Intel i7-2600k

Memory - I have been recommended 16Gb x 2 of Corsair CMX8GX3M2A2000C9 8GB kit (2x4GB) DDR3 2000MHz
Unbuffered CL 9 DIMM Memory

Motherboard - I have been recommended Gigabit - G1.SNIPER or G1.ASSASSIN

Video Card - I have been recommended the nVidia Quadro 600 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card

Monitor - I am currently using the Samsung SyncMaster P2770HD

Case - I have been recommended COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942 RC-942-KKN1 or the Xigmatek Elysium Super
Tower Case CCC-HSA0DS-U04

Power Supply - I have been recommended the Xigmatek NRP-MC802 800W 80+ Modular PSU [CPH-0800K-C02]

Card Reader - I have been recommended the Shintaro Internal Card Reader 3.5" 30-IN-1 MULTICARD READER

c: 60Gb SSD - Win 7 - 64Bit
d: 250Gb SSD - All applications (No work files)
e: DVD

Raid 10 - 4 x 3TB Drives
f: 3TB
g: 3TB
h: 3TB
f: 3TB




Mar 22, 2010
you will want 1.5v ram with a i7-2600K
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

those MB's are X-58 MB's not LGA 1155 (Z68, P67 etc for the i7-2600k)

Here is what I would do (you didn't specify a budget) so, I chose quality without gettig crazy.

Card reader (my recommendation)

CS5 supported GPU's

Performance and $ wise, I would go with a GTX570 or a GTX 580 unless you really want a quadro.

Core System
I went with 2TB enterprise drives to save a little $. the WD RE4 family is made for raid and the is what you should be using. yeah you can put in cheaper drives, but I wouldn't. the Seagate Constellation series is an alternate and they do make a 3TB drive, but it is a lot more $. I went with Crucial M4 for the SSD drives, they are almost as fast as the Vertex 3's and have a better reliability reviews (less issues). I include the HAF X case, not the one I would choose, but its quite capable. I would have choosen a Fractal Design Define XL (adding xtra silent 2 fans) as it looks more professional and will help keep the noise down.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119225
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

Western Digital RE4 WD2003FYYS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136579
-$40.00 Instant
$919.96 (4 x $229.99 each)

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CF Ready 80 PLUS GOLD
Item #: N82E16817151088
-$40.00 Instant

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
Item #: N82E16820231445
($79.99 each)

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128506

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80623I72600K
Item #: N82E16819115070

Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835608019

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148441
-$33.00 Instant

Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148443



Although I am a long time WD fan, I'd recommend this Samsung HDD: Although it is only 2 TB it has a 70% positive feedback. HDDs over 1 TB have a terrible failure rate. If you scan the feedback on the best rated HDDs at Newegg you will see that the best have only 65% good feedback.

The downside to the Samsung 2 TB model is that it is a green drive, and sleeps. You can't really set it up in RAID. But the Samsung makes a great storage drive where you have an SSD for your boot disk.

Why are you using a redundant RAID? RAID 1, 5 and 10 are good for mission critical server setups, but unless you are setting up a server for remote access RAIDing is a waste of resources. Any redundant RAID, to be secure, needs a backup. If you have a RAIDed setup and it becomes infected with a virus, the vorus automatically spreads to the RAID backup. RAID setups insure against hardware failure, not against malware. You need to keep backups to insure redundancy and establish restore points.

If you are not setting up your own photo server for outside access, I would advise you to dump the RAID idea, and set up a periodic backup instead. That way if you have a mechanical or malware crash you will have a recent restore point to work from to rebuild your system.



Jul 11, 2011
Thanks guy's for your time and info.

My budget is between $3.5 - 4.5K.

The reason for the Raid is to setup a photo server that I can access from anywhere, as one part of my work is to provide location photo's to
film directors or agency creatives.

At present my photo library sits at 8tb and is backed up to tape. My biggest concern is hardware failure, I have had too many drives crash & burn.

Is there a way to isolate the raid so it does not get infected by viruses and malware ? or

Do I need to look at the entire configuration and start again ?




Mar 22, 2010
Keep your library separate on a NAS.

Cisco Small Business NSS326D00-k9 Diskless System NSS 326 6-Bay Smart Storage

it has 6 bays for standard 3.5" SATA drives up to 2TB each. you can either use enterprise drives or just cheap consumer level "green" drives.

put 5 in Raid 5 and have a hot spare in case of a failure.

I just saw these and they seem to have good reviews and 2 Million hours MTBF, 5 year warranty
HITACHI Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723020ALA640 (0F12455) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s