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Matt Morrison
OT: Can I get some hardware advice?
on Jun 18, 2010 at 7:17:05 pm

I recently upgraded to CS5 and I now want to speed up my workflow with a new computer for my photography work (my current system practically grinds to a stop if I open up more than three photos at a time). I only have a budget of $1100 and this is the hardware I was considering:

Win 7 Pro-64
MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Kingston Tripple channel (2GBx3) PC3-10600
Intel i7-930 2.8GHz processor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB system drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB data drive
Asus Radeon HD 4350 video card
Cooler Master 500w power supply
Samsung DVD/RW drive

Should I consider investing more in the processor or add another 2GBx3 memory kit to take me to 12GB? Also would I be better off building a RAID0 with 2 - 1TB drives or is the speed increase not worth the potential risk of drive failure?

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