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Windows 7: Help Setting up Graphic Design/ Gaming Combo... on a budget

24 Feb 2013   #1
shanuck

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Help Setting up Graphic Design/ Gaming Combo... on a budget

OK I have the following hardware,I am wanting to make the best setup I can. I retrieved this information with Aida64, but I plan to start from scratch, and I am not married to anything except the Software, listed below for design courses. And also I usually keep 1 game on my comp. just to play once in a while if I get fed up with school. Usually along the lines of Assassins Creed, or similar.

If anyone could help me I just need to know the best setup available to me. I back up my computer often, and since its just my school comp, I don't worry about drive failure as much. OK here is what I have to work with.

And thanks anyone who takes the time, I have honestly been working on and messing this up since Nov.


Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Motherboard Name Asus F2A85-V Pro
CPU Type DualCore AMD A6-5400K, 4300 MHz (43 x 100)



System Memory: 15655 MB (DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM)
DIMM1: Kingston ACR512X64D3U16C11G 4 GB DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM
DIMM2: A-Data EL64C1C1624Z1 4 GB DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM
DIMM3 & DIMM 4: Crucial BLS4G3D1609DS1S00. 4 GB DDR3-1600 DDR3 SDRAM (BLUE DIMMS)

ON BOARD GRAPHICS AMD Radeon HD 7540D (512 MB)
I HAVE A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1024 MB)

Now my cornucopia of HD


IDE Controller AMD SATA Controller
Storage Controller AHVZ5877 IDE Controller
Disk Drive Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00 SATA Disk Device (160 GB, 5400 RPM, SATA)
Disk Drive INTEL SS DSA2M080G2GN SATA Disk Device (80 GB, SATA-II)
Disk Drive ST1000DM 003-9YN162 SATA Disk Device (1000 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-III)
Disk Drive ST350041 3AS SATA Disk Device (500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-III)
Disk Drive WDC WD50 00AVVS-63H0B1 SATA Disk Device (465 GB)
Disk Drive ST312002 6AS SATA Disk (120GB,7200RPM,SATA)

My current setup is the SSD housing the OS, the 1 tb, I partitioned off 50/50 for less important programs, and storage for my Graphic Design projects.

I am currently trying to set the 500 gig HD's up as raid0 and steadily receiving BSOD whenever I enable the RAID in BIOS. So I am ready for a clean install.


I have a couple hundred bucks left from my income tax.. I am wanting to upgrade to the
A10 Processor, and eventually build a media PC.with this A6, My question is since I won't start on the Media PC for a while, is there better ways to spend a couple hundred bucks on this now than the A10 processor?


I have all this in a CMstorm scout
650 watt power supply
TOP/FRONT/BACK 120 fans on thermostats

And the programs I am trying to build around
Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012
Microsoft Office Professional 2010



Memory
Read Speed
11-11-12-28 CR2 11207 MB/s
Write Speed 11-11-12-28 CR2 9020 MB/s
Memory Copy 11-11-12-28 CR2 15492 MB/s
Memory Latency 11-11-12-28 CR2 72.5 ns

I will be in and out today, if you need any more info, message me please. I just don't know how to get any more speed out of it!















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25 Feb 2013   #2
KKS21199

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

you should use intel for speed, amd is known for graphics and intel is known for it's speed
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25 Feb 2013   #3
indianacarnie

 

Looks pretty nice to me as it is. Is it running slow? I'm assuming you've already updated all drivers and chipset, correct?
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28 Feb 2013   #4
shanuck

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by indianacarnie View Post
Looks pretty nice to me as it is. Is it running slow? I'm assuming you've already updated all drivers and chipset, correct?

Yes, I was having an issue with the voltages, I changed out the PSU and my photoshop, as well as visual have stabilized quite a bit. Thank you for the replies.
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