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    Default New rig advice

    Hey guys my uncle wants to buy a new rig. His budget is ~56k. He doesnt do much gaming but he is an audiophile so can you plz help me out figuring out a system for him along with monitor and speakers? The processor should be Core i5 750 (MUST)

    ---------- Post added at 18:03 ---------- Previous post was at 12:44 ----------

    Any1 help?

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    Default Re: New rig advice

    Well, technically an audiophile will be looking at spending less on the CPU and more on the sound system

    I am not sure about prices in BD, someone can help you out there, but in terms of sound get no less than a VS4121 + Xonar DX / X-Fi Titanium

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    Default Re: New rig advice

    How much does the VS4121 cost? I also saw user reviews in CNET and they werent too favourable.
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    Default Re: New rig advice

    I've seen a shop at Multiplan possibly at level 8/9 who has bought a lot of creative audio products. I don't know a lot about audio products but I'll recommend you buying the sound card and speaker first then spend rest of the money for the system. Any average system should be fine for him.
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    Default Re: New rig advice

    Quote Originally Posted by EaGL1337 View Post
    How much does the VS4121 cost? I also saw user reviews in CNET and they werent too favourable.
    My brother bought it a couple of months ago for around 4.7k i believe. For the money, I dont think you can get anything better than that in BD. For cheaper, Creative and Microlab are options, but dont match up to the VS4121. Of course Creative make much more expensive speakers as well, but for around 5k the vs is better.

    Also, ignore user reviews. Professional reviews for this speaker arent brilliant, but they do say its a decent speaker for the price.

    I still suggest spending more on the speaker/sound card and less on the system. The sound should be the first priority, and a core i3 should suffice
    Last edited by Mazhar; August 22nd, 2010 at 23:42.

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    Default Re: New rig advice

    Okay I'll consider it as an option then.

    ---------- Post added at 22:51 ---------- Previous post was at 22:50 ----------

    Oh ya I need a config for the PC, as I said he IS an audiophile but he wants to buy the Core i5 750. Can you suggest any appropriate configs?

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    Default Re: New rig advice

    apparently , Xonar dx totally wiped out from bd .... i have been searching for it for last few months if u wanna go for asus then u have only one option left : xonar hd 1.3 ...cost u 12K ... on the other hand Creative Xi-fi titanium cost u 7k ....
    d price of AL VS4121 cost u 5200tk /*Ryans*/ and ya , no doubt ,VS4121 got some speciality .... if u r not looking for surround system then go for it by closing ur eyes ....in this price range its better then surround system ,IMO .......

    and like Mazhar n Manzoor vai said, u should give more attention for choosing SC+ speaker instead of processor ....
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    Default Re: New rig advice

    Even a single core processor would do nice for just audio related works. At maximum, I would go for a dual core. Why waste huge amount of money on i5 systems? Your uncle might want to reconsider his decision unless he is interested in pouring cash in the wrong place. Most audio conversion softwares use 1 thread. And audio is always played back using 1 thread. Why throw 4 threads at these for no good reason?


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    Well he's a computer engineer and thus he expects good performance in Graphics design apps and other programming related functions. But he's not interested in gaming much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaGL1337 View Post
    Well he's a computer engineer and thus he expects good performance in Graphics design apps and other programming related functions. But he's not interested in gaming much.
    he'll also need a GPU then, if he does rendering & stuff!

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    No I was talking abt Photoshop CS5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaGL1337 View Post
    No I was talking abt Photoshop CS5.
    oh then just get the 750 & go for Xonar/X-fi & a good set of speakers preferably Altec Lansing!

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    Default Re: New rig advice

    for cs 5, even a core 2 duo will suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaGL1337 View Post
    No I was talking abt Photoshop CS5.
    Oh, then the i5 is OK, you should've mentioned earlier. But for Photoshop CS5, a minimum of 9400GT is needed for OpenGL acceleration and smooth interaction. And how large images does he work with? less than 2 MP is fine. But he will need much more RAM than CPU to get better performance if he works with panoramas over 100 MP large. If he doesn't have enough RAM, Photoshop will cache things to disk and the CPU will remain idle, so will be the user, I mean him.


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    No not 100 MPs thats too large. Will a GT220 suffice for CS5?

    EDIT: Its the Gigabyte GT220 which is 1GB DDR3 not the DDR2 one.
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    Default Re: New rig advice

    Quote Originally Posted by EaGL1337 View Post
    No not 100 MPs thats too large. Will a GT220 suffice for CS5?

    EDIT: Its the Gigabyte GT220 which is 1GB DDR3 not the DDR2 one.
    DDR3/DDR2/GDDR5 any will do. You just need a GPU with 1024 MB of memory (to store the data needed to accelerate things 1024 MB is recommended, but 512 will not show much degradation). GT220 will be fine.


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    Okay, any advice on what motherboard to get at >10k ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EaGL1337 View Post
    No not 100 MPs thats too large. Will a GT220 suffice for CS5?

    EDIT: Its the Gigabyte GT220 which is 1GB DDR3 not the DDR2 one.
    http://forums.adobe.com/message/2966746

    u r overpurchasing the specification for running cs 5. Even apple macbook pros recently introduced core i5 to their lineups. It was non existent even at the start of this year. I believe lots of professional designers use apple and they r happy wid performance of normal intel processors. I dont think it justifies core i5 but if u want to buy it still, go ahead.

    Also which version of photoshop cs are u talking abt ? Standard or extended ??? If u use standard, then u do not need so much powerful gpu.

    Also have u tried bose speakers ???? Since ur uncle is audiophile, he might like them. They are available in Gulshan-2 circle. They provide much better sound than altec or creative or other speakers. Only Logitech and Polk audio can beat Bose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    They provide much better sound than altec or creative or other speakers. Only Logitech and Polk audio can beat Bose.
    I can assure you that for the budget he has got, in BD for around 5K you can buy better Altec speakers than Bose. Even if he wants to spend around 15 - 20K for speakers, he can buy better Altec/Creative speakers than Bose. Above that, yes, Bose would be better but then you can think of importing many other speakers which equal/outclass Bose.

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