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December 20, 2008 11:29:28 PM

I'm looking for some advice on a new system. I want to try to spend as little as possible and still have a pretty fast machine. The most resource intensive program it will run will be Photoshop. Other than that it will just be for browsing the internet and such. I'm not really sure where I should start. If anyone could just make some suggestions on components to get me started, it would be great. Thanks :) .

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December 20, 2008 11:44:35 PM

It would be a lot easier to recommend components if you posted a budget. "As little as possible" doesn't count. :) 
December 21, 2008 12:07:43 AM

... If you don't want the fun of building, the quickest way to get a good, cheap system is to pick up a manu refurb from a site like ubid.com. Make SURE it comes with the manufacturer's warantee. I'm typing this from a q6600 based HP system with asus mb, SB-xfi, 2 x dvd, 2GB, 320GB disk and TV capture card that cost <$600 delivered last summer. No way I could have gotten thouse parts for under $600.

For photoshop and other video editing a quad core is a price performer. Go for 4gb memory and 32-bit vista or 8GB and vista64. No need for high end video.
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December 21, 2008 12:54:27 AM

Best Buy sells a lot of HP or Acer boxes with a dual-core CPU and integrated graphics for $500 or so. One of those could do the job.

December 21, 2008 2:00:17 AM

Sorry I forgot to include budget. I would love to keep it under $1000. But if it's worth it to go a little higher than it's ok.
December 21, 2008 2:56:53 AM

So, you're not playing games, or just Solitaire and the like?

Do you need a monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard, Windows included in that budget?

Is that budget in US$?

Will you order parts online and build the PC yourself?



December 21, 2008 2:14:12 PM

Nope, no games. I need windows, but I don't need a monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, or anything else. Only the computer. The budget is in US$. I will be ordering the parts and building it.
December 21, 2008 11:10:17 PM

All right. How about something like this:

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

Antec 300, $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=Antec%20300

PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

Q9550 $315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041
(or Q6600, $190, if you need to cut costs)

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209
(get two sets for a total of 8GB if you work with huge files in Photoshop; if not, one set is enough)

GA-EP45-UD3P, $117
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

SAPPHIRE 100236L Radeon HD 3650 512MB $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102726
(get two of them if you need 3 or 4 monitors; for one or two monitors a single card is enough)

SH-S223Q DVD-RW burner $29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173&Tpk=SH-S223Q

WD 640GB $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218
(two, if the budget allows it)

December 21, 2008 11:37:46 PM

+1 to AEVM's build.
* I'd probably get a RETAIL version of the DVD burner, so you would get the software to read/burn DVD's!
$27 shipped!
LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - Retail
* If you want a bit more GPU power, than I'd consider the 4670 or the 9600gso, but I favor the 4670, because it doesn't require any PCI-e power connectors!
$75 - $20 MIR = $55!!
GIGABYTE GV-R467D3-512I Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Other PSU's to conisder:
All below will do what you need for this build. The one AVEM is just fine too, just thought you might want some other possible PSU's to look at.
$60 - $10 MIR = $50!! Has 30A on single 12v rail and 1 x 6pin PCI-e power connector (needed for mainstream GPU's).
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply - Retail
$96 - $17 promo code - $25 MIR = $55!! Has 35A on the 12v rail and has 1x6pin and 1x6+2pin PCI-e power connectors (gives you more upgrade options on GPU's in the future!)! Use promo code "Pcpextra20" during checkout to get $17 discount!!
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500D 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
AEVM's PSU selection has 49A on the 12v rail and has 2x6pin PCI-e power connectors, so thought I'd mention those stats, so you can see what he was suggesting too!

It's up to you what you think will work best for your build, but AEVM's build is good and if you consider any of the options that I've suggested you won't go wrong either.
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