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Building a budget Photoshop CS6 rig, have some parts already: $500 cap. Buying tonight!

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July 3, 2013 6:21:11 PM

Hi I am going to start buying parts for a new build for cs6. My old computer ran cs3 great, but struggles on 6. I have some parts already, and an idea of what I want. I would like to go up to $100 on the case to give me some major expansion room down the road.

From my old PC I have an EVGA Nvidia GTX 260 core 216. I also have a Samsung 1tb 7200 rpm drive. There are an additional (2) Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 320gb drives. I forget what the power supply is, but it is more than sufficient. I already have either win7 x32 or x64 so I don't need to buy an OS.

I recently got a new 1tb portable drive (usb 3.0) and so usb3 is a must. I would prefer to get a second 1tb to run raid, and as SSD for OS or scratch (maybe both). I really want to have 16gb of ram... my current computer has 4gb ddr2, and when I looked and the cost of an upgrade - I decided it would be better to do the whole thing!

Please advise! I read a lot of great build on here today, but nothing really fit what I'm looking for.

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July 3, 2013 6:44:23 PM

Here you go. :) 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $503.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 21:42 EDT-0400)
1. Get rid of that HDD if you don't need it, and buy an AMD FX-8320. That is an eight-core CPU which will do quite well with Photoshop. That GPU is much better than what you have, and will make sure that you can run programs in the future which utilize the GPU more than the CPU. This has 8GB of RAM, but you can always upgrade later. :) 
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July 3, 2013 7:03:58 PM

I also have a Blu-Ray burner in the mail as we speak. And a lightscribe drive out of my old HP. I thought the Nvidia GTX 260 card was still ranked pretty high for how old it is. - http://www.hwcompare.com/13547/geforce-gtx-260-vs-gefor... - though at 3 times the wattage it is a bit hungry! My power supply is 450 watts - and was very nice when I got it (not a cheapo), so I don't need one of those. Should I put the money from the drives and power supply into more RAM or an SSD?

Also I should mention that that cap has overhead for rebates a-plenty. I can spend more now and wait to get it back...
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