Cheap build for mostly photoshop

Hey guys,

I am planning on putting together a desktop machine for my girlfriend. The budget is however pretty tight (by that I mean I would like to go as cheap as possible), but I also want the machine to have very decent computing power for what she does (photojournalism --> mostly image editing software). I am fairly versed with the higher-end parts, cause that is what I am interested in, but I doing have a good overview of the lower-end parts. So, I would appreciate any opinions on the following build:
Case: Rosewill R5717-P SL 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case withTool-Free kits $29.99
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W Power Supply $39.99 (only has 18amp on the 12V rail)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard $94.99
Graphics: GIGABYTE GV-RX26T256H Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 HDCP Ready $102.99
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6550 $174.99
RAM: Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel $41.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $66.99
Optical: LG Electronics Black LG Super Multi 18x SATA DVD Burner GSA-H62NK $28.99
Speakers: Logitech R-10 4 Watts 2.0 Speakers $9.99
Monitor: Acer AL2016WBbd Black 20" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor $199.99

Total: $790.90

Thanks a lot for any input or help!
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  1. Those look like generally good selections, given the uses to which this machine will be put.
    The PSU, however, lives on Tier-4 of the list at http://www.tomswiki.com/page/Tiered+PSU+Listings?t=anon.
    FSP makes a 450W peak unit that recently dropped in price on Newegg from $58 to $55. This is a Tier-3 unit that should be good.
  2. If gaming is not an issue almost any card will do.

    I do alot of graphic design work with my AMD Athlon X2 3800+ and 2Gb or Ram.

    Idealy, a q6600 and 4gb or ram, but Photoshop only utilizes duals and quads for things like effects, an e6600 or anything around 2.4-2.6 would work great. Add in plenty of Hard Drive space and a big sharp monitor perhaps even two. Can't go wrong with that.
  3. Photo and video editing greatly benefit from more than one hard drive, you may think about going AMD due to it's lower priced CPU and motherboards and adding another hard drive.

    I would use google check out and nab this Corsair for $69 shipped (newegg sucks for PSU's, never the best deal)
    http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-450w-power-supply/q/loc/101/205466485.html

    If you can handle a rebate, I would go with some higher quality DDR2-800 RAM (Corsair XMS or Crucial Ballistix).

    I would also drop the vid card down to a $50 8500GT since gaming is not an issue.
  4. Thanks for all your response guys/gals (not sure which one :) ). I will look into all of the suggestions. Yeah, gaming is not an issue at all, so I agree, an 8500GT might do fine too. I was curious though, how would the machine benefit from a second hard drive for picture/video editing? Do you mean to have a Raptor as the primary drive and then a larger disk as a storage drive?
  5. I went throught the build after all of your suggestions, and this is what I came up with:

    Case: Rosewill R5717-P SL 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case withTool-Free kits
    Power Supply: Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply
    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
    Graphics: SAPPHIRE 100206L Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane 2.7GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor Model
    RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    Optical: LG Electronics Black LG Super Multi 18x SATA DVD Burner GSA-H62NK
    Speakers: Logitech R-10 4 Watts 2.0 Speakers
    Monitor: Acer AL2016WBbd Black 20" 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor

    I am actually looking at a possible improvement in the monitor, just so that she has something that actually
    displays the colors she might see in real life :).
  6. It wouldn't hurt to step up to a 500Gb Hard Drive.
  7. I would suggest to stay with the 250GB HHD and then get a secondary 500GB HHD for storage and to use for scratch drive. Most high-end media software uses scratch drives for temporary storage of data when working of a project. But they are regularly erase for future use of the space allocated when working on something.

    Right now I'm running both Barracuda 7200.10 80GB for OS with a 500GB formatted to 100GB dedicated for scratch and the remaining for storage and My Documents folder. Hope that help.
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