Need help on building a new rig.

By alexgoh ยท 8 replies
Dec 9, 2007
  1. Hi guys, I would like to ask for some advice on building a new rig for my dad. Erm, the budget would be around 2k SGD. So that makes it about 1.3 -1.5k USD. Erm the rig is more for photoshop and digital imaging as my dad is a photographer. Could anyone please suggest some parts to get a solid rig. I'm thinking Core 2 Quad here but please do give me advice. Also, for photo editing, is it neccessary to get a SLI computer? Thanks for your time.
  2. geos

    geos TS Rookie Posts: 40

    i can tell u 2 things, get quad core 4 work with graphics and good graphic card ofc, which one, dont know wait 4 others 2 say ;)
    but i recommend quad core..
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    You don't need a quad-core CPU for photo editing. An Intel Dual-Core E2180, with a good mobo like the Abit IP35, 2GB of RAM and an 8600GT.
  4. alexgoh

    alexgoh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Thank you for responding. Erm, could you recommend an ASUS mobo? My dad is a loyal supporter of ASUS after all these years. However, we won't mind Gigabyte as well.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The ASUS P5K is a good one in that case.
  6. alexgoh

    alexgoh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    My specs are:
    Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz
    2GB Kingston Hyper-X
    2 x 320Gb Seagate HDD
    ASUS Striker Extreme
    Samsung IDE DVD 20x writer
    ASUS 8800GTS 320mb

    If I use the 8800GT SLI over my current gfx, is it really worth it? Also is the power enough? I'm currently using a 710W PSU from ACBEL. Thanks for the advice.
  7. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    Most people on here say that SLI is not worth doing, Rage will probably say something about it in the next post he does. I would go with the 8800GT over the 8800GTS. Its less expensive and I have heard that it performs better than the 8800GTS. Other than that your set up looks awesome.

    Here is my thread I started about SLIing. Maybe it will help you on deciding wether or not to do it.
  8. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    I recently built a quad core QX6700 for photoshop and 3d rendering etc. Using XP Pro 64-bit it hammers any other system we have by miles.
    QX6700 did tasks in less than half the time of my E6600.
    I'd get it, because with photo/digital imaging, the next thing that people tinker with is video editing and this is where the quad core will really perform. Seeing as the Q6600 is only marginly more expensive that the E6600, i'd go quad every time.
    Get plenty of decent ram as well. Graphics card is not as important as people reckon. But, better to get a workstation card than a gaming card.
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    The 8800GTs in SLI will only show expected performance improvements at ultra-high resolutions like 1600x1200 and higher, which'd also need a monitor big enough to support them. Factor in the cost of extra cooling and a new PSU that you'd most likely require, and SLI isn't really worth it.
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