AMD A10 Photoshop & Illustrator Rig


This is my first time in the Tom's Hardware forums and I was referred to this forum board by a friend who told me the community here would be the best to address my question.

Currently, I am planning to build a desktop computer or as I call it my own CS6 rig. My plan is to use this computer for Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 most of the time. I have finalized the specs and below is a snapshot of my component list.

As you can see I picked AMD and its A10 APU as the platform, I also do some light gaming but it is almost non-existent as I do Photoshop most of the time. I decided to pick also an Nvidia 760 SuperClocked edition from EVGA with 2GB of VRAM.

As for the OS I've picked Windows 8.1 and not Windows 7 because of my preference with the new OS and it is currently my daily driver OS in my desktop-replacement notebook PC.

Thanks for any assistance on this matter!

Best Regards,
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    I'm sure you'll get plenty of recommendations but the one thing that stands out to me is why go with an APU if you're going to add a dedicated graphics card. Assuming that you want to stick with AMD then I would suggest replacing the mother board and APU with a board that supports AM3+ and a FX 6300 or higher. Basically there is no point in using an APU if you're going to use a dedicated graphics card unless you're planning to do a hybrid crossfire but since you choose an Nvidia card that wouldn't be possible.
  2. Ai and ps is a lot more cpu dependent anyways. You can do much better for that price anyways, your build comes out to $990. This is cheaper and swaps out the apu with xeon and even adds a ssd.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280 3GB IceQ OC Video Card ($189.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $964.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 00:33 EDT-0400)
  3. Hello guys, thanks for your input on this topic, I am a little more inclined to go with the AM3+ platform then and the FX-6350 (or 6300). My impression is that it would be the best bang for the buck.

    Thanks for all the answers!
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