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Hello all. I am an 'amateur' digital artist and I've decided to up my game. I am purchasing a Cintiq 24HD touch and it would just be RUDE not to buy a new PC to go with it :P Consequently I have come up with the following build that I would like opinions on.

http://uk.pcpartpick...rkid/saved/3CGu

I will be using 2 SSD drives - 1 for OS and 1 for caching and working projects
I considered the Quadro 4000 but I simply cannot justify the extra £400. I also do not believe it necessary as I do not work in 3d.

I am quite out of the loop in terms of hardware. I'd appreciate considered and expanded opinions. If you can save me money and justify your choices that would be super cool.
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:welcome: milkybarkid

Nice build but there are a couple of changes that I would make, I will do an alternative list of parts for you to look over.

Your aftermarket cooler, a very important thing I must make you aware of is that you do not need the additional heatsink and CPU fan and if you did use it you would void your CPU warranty both AMD and Intel are clear on this, see below;

AMD;
This Limited Warranty shall be null and void if the AMD microprocessor which is the subject of this Limited Warranty is used with any heatsink/fan other than the one provided herewith.

Full AMD article @ http://support.amd.c...earLimited.aspx

Intel;
damage to the Product due to external causes, including accident, problems with electrical power, abnormal electrical, mechanical or environmental conditions, usage not in accordance with product instructions, misuse, neglect, alteration, repair, improper installation, or improper testing;

Full Intel article available @ http://www.intel.com...b/cs-009862.htm


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I will do an alternative list of parts for you to look over.

Appreciated.
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See what you think and any questions please ask.
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See what you think and any questions please ask.


Thanks. I don't intend on OC so you think the stock fan will be fine? What is your thinking on the change in mbd? The change in sdd is fine as currently use M4. Also debating whether I really need 16 gig of ram. CS6 sys requirements recommend 8.

Edited by milkybarkid, 02 February 2014 - 06:11 AM.

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Thanks. I don't intend on OC so you think the stock fan will be fine?

Yes as they are tested over and above the safe thermal footprint of the CPU, you will also note that I did not suggest the k version of the i7 CPU, this because I don`t OC myself or recommend it to others.

The MB that I suggested is a higher spec, it has built in Wi-Fi for example, a change of MB was required in any event as the i7 CPU is the upgraded socket 1150 type as opposed to it`s socket predecessor 1155 type that is on your list.

I don`t use the CS6 software so you have more knowledge about it than me, are the system requirements likely to require 16GB for this type of software when upgraded software is released within the next couple of years, I would normally only include 16GB of Ram when suggesting a build for a person who would be doing CAD or 3D modelling work, anything other than that I suggest 2 X 4GB modules.

You are welcome btw :)
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Gday.
Before settling on your hardware, some information that may be of assistance.
> http://www.studio1pr...eCS5.htm#Note_1
> http://forums.adobe....662972?tstart=0

Note: Adding RAM to improve performance is more cost effective than purchasing an SSD. If money is no object, you're maxed out on installed RAM for your computer, you run Photoshop CS5 as a 64-bit application, and you still want to improve performance, consider using a solid-state disk source, > http://helpx.adobe.c...op-cs4-cs5.html

You have not mentioned what monitor is being used, some info towards the end of this guide.
> http://blogs.adobe.c...erformance.html
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You have not mentioned what monitor is being used, some info towards the end of this guide.
> http://blogs.adobe.c...erformance.html


Gday to you too.

I don't need a monitor. As stated, I've ordered a Cintiqu 24HD touch :-D Thanks for the other info though.
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Gday.
Sorry missed that. Just did some perusing, very nice, I like it has 10 bit colour. You are the first Poster I have seen that has started at the end product and selected hardware to support, My hat off to you.
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Thanks. The Cintiq 24HD touch is A LOT of money. To not build a PC around it would be an injustice to what is a truly outstanding input/output device.
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Just thought I'd let you know that this is what I'll be ordering parts for:
http://uk.pcpartpick...rkid/saved/3JC8
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Gday.
Thanks for the update, looks a great build, fyi, just a couple of points.
The case only has 2 x 3.5 HDD bays. (hot swap) Given the number of fans you have listed, I would make sure that as many as possible could be matched to the number of PWM sockets on the MB.
Review, >http://www.tomshardw...iew,3559-2.html

RAM. Has not actually been tested on that MB, As it is very similar to other memory, it should be OK, if my build, would go for 1.5V giving a little bit more leeway should need more voltage.
> https://docs.google....87_DRAM_QVL.pdf > http://www.pccasegea...oducts_id=22070
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