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January 21, 2009 5:05:50 PM

I am looking to build a computer for photoshop, The computer i currently use can not handle Photoshop CS4/Lightroom very well when all my photos are ~14mb's. I have 4 7200rpm SATAII drives, and 2 external HD's so storage is not a big issue, I also have a 7900 gfx card or i can pull out one of my 8800gts from my other computer if needed.
I am looking to spend ~$500 so what would you all recommend for CPU,MOBO,RAM to work the best for this? Thanks for your input :D 

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January 21, 2009 8:10:15 PM

The $500 budget is a little awkward for what you need. It is sort of in between two levels of technology. I would probably suggest something like this:

CPU:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$189.99 and free shipping

MOBO:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$104.99 after MIR and free shipping

RAM:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$39.99 and free shipping

Total before tax = $334.97


You might also want to look at aftermarket coolers if you plan to overclock this processor (highly recommended).

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However, if you could save some extra money, you might benefit more from the new i7 chipset from intel.

CPU:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$289.99 and free shipping

MOBO:

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$184.99 after MIR.

RAM:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$144.99 and free shipping

Total before tax and shipping = $619.97

Again, you would need to look into aftermarket cooling for this highly-overclockable powerhouse of a CPU.

Hope this helps!
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