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My Build for a Graphics Workstation for under $1,500 (Solved)

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Hello
 
I am trying to build a workstation specifically for Photoshop, graphics, audio editing, programming etc.

 

I do not plan on doing any overclocking 
 
Main work would be on Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator. No games or movies.
 
Here is my parts list:

http://pcpartpicker....ed/saved/HRHbt6

CPU	Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core	$368.95   OR Intel Xeon E3-1231V3
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g $6.89 
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 $84.99 
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 $129.99
Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $118.98 
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD $118.98 
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $49.95 
Video Card PNY Quadro K620 2GB $156.75 
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower $107.99 
Power Supply Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V $127.50 
Monitor Eizo FS2434-BK 23.8" $375.99

My budget is around $1400

 

 

 

Can anyone suggest any changes ?

 

By the way, i do not plan on doing any 3d work for now

 

Should i go for Xeon Processor instead of i7?


Edited by IbnSaeed, 09 February 2015 - 08:54 AM.

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:welcome: IbnSaeed

Please double check your parts list.   Your CPU is socket LGA2011-3

​Not compatible with your MB, which is Socket 1150.

You may need to look again at the RAM QVL, after selecting another MB.

Is the second SSD to be used as a scratch disk.


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:welcome: IbnSaeed

Please double check your parts list.   Your CPU is socket LGA2011-3

​Not compatible with your MB, which is Socket 1150.

You may need to look again at the RAM QVL, after selecting another MB.

Is the second SSD to be used as a scratch disk.

 

The changed the CPU and did not check for the socket.

 

 

 

Yes, the 2nd SSD is for the scratch disk.

 

I am leaning towards Intel xeon E3-1231 v3

 

My present system is  6 to 7 years old, and i am quite out of date with the latest tech in computers.

 

Can a midrange workstation be built under $1500 ?


Edited by IbnSaeed, 09 February 2015 - 09:09 AM.

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Thanks for the Info.

A i7-5820K build is not possible with a limited budget, the one for your consideration is still over the top,m but Is what I would build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/J3DnK8

 

http://cpuboss.com/c...l-Core-i7-4790K


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Gday.

Did you build your workstation?   Would appreciate your parts list and what you think of the performance.

 

Thanks. 


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Gday.

Did you build your workstation?   Would appreciate your parts list and what you think of the performance.

 

Thanks. 

 

 

I did not start the build as i was not confident in the parts listed above. I didnt know if they were the best specs for my need. So i have put it on hold for the time.


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Thanks for your reply IbnSaeed.

Consider registering and posting the CPP build on the Adobe Photoshop Forum to get some feedback, you might post us the URL to see what suggestions you get, > https://forums.adobe...ecttype[thread]

 

I am always interested in workstation builds so really would appreciate more feedback and if I can help further, please ask. 


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Thanks @iammykyl.

 

Ill see what the Adobe community has to say.

 

Is going for Intel Core i7-4790K instead of  Intel Core i5-4690K bring any benefit in terms of multitasking ? Theres a $100 difference between both.


Edited by IbnSaeed, 03 March 2015 - 01:54 AM.

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I found this advice on Adobe forum

 

 

Whatever you go with, definitely get as much RAM as possible. An SSD will help too but not as much as RAM will where Photoshop's concerned. (And they're correct on using an SSD scratch disk; it won't matter if you have plenty of RAM.)

 

Even a "mid-range" video card will handle Photoshop just fine. You don't need a bleeding-edge, top-of-the-line CPU but, of course, the peppier, the better.

 

I am aiming for 32GB at the moment, dont know if going for 64GB RAM would have me change the Motherboard etc.

 

So the Graphics Card does not have to be top end. Would going with GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card bring any considerable performance comapred to GeForce GTX 750 Ti ?


Edited by IbnSaeed, 03 March 2015 - 02:02 AM.

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Also, i am looking for a 10bit monitor within below $450 range. That is why i chose the Ezio in my parts list.


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Is it possible to build a workstation with 2 Xeon CPUs under $1500 ?


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If you want to use a 10-bit capable display Lets's get concrete evidence that, "Even a "mid-range" video card will handle Photoshop just fine. You don't need a bleeding-edge, top-of-the-line CPU but, of course, the peppier, the better." will support 10-bit per channel colour.  Please give a link to any results.

As far as I know, though I may be mistaken, only the Quadro/FirePro give that support.

 

Please recheck the specs for the EIZO FS2434, it may be 8-bit with dithering, not true 10-bit. 


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I think ill let off with 10bit monitor support for now due to the budget of $1500.

 

How aboud going wtih Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for cooler or should i opt for noctua


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Just found about  Asus PA249Q monitor

 

I think ill go with this one.


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I have been unable to configure a build using the latest Xeon platform that would give you a similar performance for $1500.  closer to $2700, 

 

FYI.   Using a different cooling solution, other than the stock one supplied with a boxed CPU will void you 3 year warranty, same for overclocking beyond the specified CPU Turbo Boost. Should you need to make a claim for damage, and Intel or AMD become aware of the fact/s, your claim could be rejected.   I advice using the stock cooler at first, and if you are unhappy with the results, then change to an after market one, but you do so at your own risk.

 

I think the Asus monitor is a good choice.

 

About the only way to get the price down is to use 16GB of RAM, but it will lower the performance,.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/J3DnK8


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