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    Workstation for Photographer / Designer - 3200

    Hi,

    I'm looking for an advice regards to workstation for Photographer / Designer. Mostly I'm working in photoshop on a huge files with lots of smart objects, filters etc. Files like this can be huge as those are HDR Spherical Panoramas made from 96 images every 12mpix. In the future it will be even bigger as I'm going to buy 36mpix. I'm also using Lightroom4, PtGui, KrPano, SNS HDR and in the future I'm planing to start work in Maya, Zbrush and other 3d software.

    I'm totally newbie in hardware. I have decided to go with double processor, SSD discs and RAID following by Nvidia and ADOBE guidelines. I have also choosen a graphic card recommended by them. I the future I will buy some more RAM and normal HHD disc. I already have a monitor ordered.

    My the biggest question is about dual cpu motherboard and E5-2620 Xeons. I have heard it might be a better idea to go with one Intel Core i7-3930K 3,2GHz on a single processor mother board. It doesn't make much sens for me as I'm thinking two processors will have more power and cores and this is recommended by Adobe. I'm might be wrong but I just would like to know why and how does it works.

    I'm going to buy parts from poland or Ireland. In general it doesn't matter. Preferred EU.

    I'm not going overclocking.

    I wont to buy computer as fast as possible but I can wait few weeks.

    I don't need to buy any software. (assuming optical drive will have one attached).

    Monitor resolution 2560x1440 (2560x1600 in the future)

    Adobe and Nvidia guidelines:
    http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/...p-cs4-cs5.html
    http://www.nvidia.com/docs/IO/121765...2012-06-27.pdf

    Please let me know what you thing about this:

    Motherboard:
    ASUS Z9PE-D16
    http://www.asus.com/Server_Workstati...specifications

    CPU:
    Xeon E5-2620 X2
    http://ark.intel.com/products/64594/...-GTs-Intel-QPI

    Graphic card:
    AMD 7970
    http://www.amd.com/pl/products/deskt...on-7970.aspx#2

    SSD disc in RAID 10 for system and working files
    Crucial m4 Slim SSD 128GB X4

    Memory:
    SAMSUNG M393B2G70BH0-CK0 2X 16GB

    Tower:
    Cooler Master COSMOS II
    http://www.coolermaster.com/microsit...ii/design.html

    Keyboard:
    Logitech K800
    http://www.logitech.com/pl-pl/produc...d-k800?crid=26

    Optical Drive:
    BLU-RAY SATA ASUS BW-12B1ST x12

    CPU Coolers:
    Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 X2

    Power Supply:
    G1600-MA


    As I'm not sure about dual processor mother board I have build other set. Will it be better in my case?


    Motherboard:
    Asus P9X79
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Int...11/P9X79/#CPUS

    CPU:
    Intel Core i7-3930K 3,2 GHz 12MB L3 LGA2011
    http://ark.intel.com/products/63697/...Processor-12M- Cache-up-to-3_80-GHz

    Graphic:
    AMD 7970
    http://www.amd.com/pl/products/deskt...0/Pages/radeon -7970.aspx#2

    SSD Discs:
    Crucial m4 SSD 128GB, 2.5", SATA 6Gb/s X7
    System:
    SSD RAID 0 256GB (2x128)
    photoshop scratch disk
    SSD RAID 0 256GB (2x128)
    work files
    SSD w RAID 5 256GB (3x128)

    Memory:
    G.Skill RipjawsZ DDR3 8x8GB 1600MHz CL10 8X8=64GB

    Case:
    Cooler Master COSMOS II
    http://www.coolermaster.com/microsit...ii/design.html



    Keyboard:
    Logitech K800

    Drive:
    BLU-RAY SATA ASUS BW-12B1ST x12

    CPU cooler:
    Noctua NH-D14 SE2011

    Power Suply:
    G1600-MA

  2. #2
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    For some general ideas on workstations,


    You can use the following Product Finder to see what sort of workstation applies in your situation
    and then use the specifications of system to duplicate/modify to your own hardware list,


    Following link may be of interest since they specialize in video editing workstations,
    "I know nothing."
    Cheers.

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