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John D.

John D.

Joined on 03/11/06

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Excellent for Photoshop/Lightroom

Intel Core i7-3770 - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770
Intel Core i7-3770 - Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Intel HD Graphics 4000 Desktop Processor - BX80637I73770

Pros: I built a desktop geared specifically for Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4.1 photo editing with this chip. I didn't go for the 3770K as I don't plan on overclocking (this is an editing box only, no games). I'm very happy with it's performance; I'm now able to process edits in significantly less time (than with a Xeon dual core) and the integrated graphics are definitely powerful enough to run both Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4.1. I have only encountered a handful of filters that take upwards of 6-8 seconds to apply (ie, Blurs, etc.) so I'm not in an IMMEDIATE rush to order a dedicated Graphics card just yet but will be pursuing when the prices drop a bit more (WEI Graphics Score is a 6.5) . One note; make sure you go to Intel's website and download the latest driver for the HD Graphics 4000 after installing. Don't rely on the status of the driver in Windows Device Manager. It says it's up to date, but it wasn't. Some PS filters wouldn't preview until after I updated the driver.

Cons: None for what I'm using it for.

Overall Review: My build: CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1333 (will upgrade to 32GB and faster memory when the right deal comes along) PSU: Corsair TX650M Case: Rosewill Ranger ATX Mid DVD: hp dvd1270i OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SSD (1): Samsung 830 128GB SSD for OS/Applications (WOW, this is fast) SSD (2): OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD (picked up on Daily Deal yesterday) for Photoshop scratch disk and Lightroom raw cache files HDD: Fantom Drives 2TB eSATA External storage (for final images) Overall I'm very happy with this build. Photoshop flies now! Note processor WEI score with this setup is a 7.7

Works great.

HP Elite v2 Keyboard
HP Elite v2 Keyboard

Pros: One of the most comfortable keyboards I've used. Simply plug in the micro USB receiver and use right away. No software install necessary. Keys feel nice, quiet, and have a good spring to them. Range is great, too.

Cons: None with the product; only with the packaging. The other commenter said that they didn't receive the micro USB receiver. I didn't think I did either for a few minutes - couldn't find it in the bag or attached to the keyboard, etc. It's in a deceiving spot; if you open the box facing you, the micro USB receiver is tucked into the lip of the cardboard box; right at your belly-button. There's two little blue arrows pointing to it, but they're easy to miss.

Works great

Rosewill RCW-102RT - 15-Foot USB 2.0 A Male to B Male Cable, Black
Rosewill RCW-102RT - 15-Foot USB 2.0 A Male to B Male Cable, Black

Pros: I was tired of moving my printer every time I needed to use it with my desktop due to it's 6' cord, and didn't want to spend $100+ on a wireless printer when the current one works just fine. $5 and 15' later, simple solution. No issues at all with the cord, data transfer rates are fast(er?) and it's a little more flexible than the stock one. Happy with the minimal packaging, too.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This cord is being used to connect my desktop to an hp Photosmart 7150 on the other side of the room.

Quick and Easy

Edimax EW-7722In 300Mbps 11n Wireless PCI adapter with 2 x 3dBi Detachable Antennas
Edimax EW-7722In 300Mbps 11n Wireless PCI adapter with 2 x 3dBi Detachable Antennas

Pros: Quick installation, and worked immediately upon first boot. No disc or utility required. Simply installed, powered up, input my network key and that's it. Just as fast as my [previously] wired connection, too. Picked this up for $15 on a Shell Shocker deal and couldn't be happier.

Cons: None at all.

Overall Review: Integrated easily with an ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 motherboard in a Rosewill ATX Ranger case.

Nice Drive

OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX4-25SAT3-128G
OCZ Vertex 4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) VTX4-25SAT3-128G

Pros: Very impressed with OCZ's packaging for this drive. No unnecessary plastic or empty space, and the product is still protected well. Drive works just fine (see "Other Thoughts" below for a heads-up on initializing it for the first time as a secondary drive). The drive itself is small, fast, runs cool and with minimal power. Installed as secondary SSD to use as Scratch Disk for Photoshop and Raw Cache drive for Lightroom.

Cons: The "installation guide" is only a couple of sentences and really doesn't tell you much other than turn off your PC, connect the cords and turn it back on. Thanks - figured that part out well enough. They could have added another couple of sentences on how to initialize the drive (as a secondary); might spare them a few calls to their support center. I figured it out though, and once it's up and running it's a great drive.

Overall Review: I already had a Samsung 830 128GB SSD as my boot drive for OS (Win7Pro64) and Applications. All files (photos, documents) are on a separate HDD. Powered down and plugged in the OCZ Vertex 4 to an available SATAIII port, powered the PC back on, saw it listed in BIOS, but Windows did not recognize it in My Computer; despite the drive listing in Device Manager. Just a heads-up that I needed to do the following to initialize it as a secondary drive: - Right-click My Computer then click Manage - Click onto Disk Management - You should see the new drive listed as all black (Unallocated), and the initialization wizard should pop asking you to format as MBR or GPT. Pick MBR, then click OK. - The drive will still list black, right-click it again and choose "New Simple Volume". Step through the wizard to format the drive, assign it a letter and a description. Only takes a second and whala, it's usable. Didn't have to go through this with my primary SSD (Samsung) so this threw me for a

Quiet, Modular, Great

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650 W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650 W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

Pros: It's great; very quiet, and being modular, less unused clutter floating around in the case. I also like the shielding on the cords - nice touch, especially when pulling through cable management slots. The ATX and CPU power cables appear chunky but are flexible enough that I could still hide them within my case. So far so good!

Cons: Nothing. A bit pricey comparatively, but Corsair has a solid reputation so I don't mind paying a little extra for a quality product.

Overall Review: Comes with ample connectors for modular hookup. Just need to remember where I stash them! Fits nicely in a Rosewill RANGER ATX-Mid case with ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard.