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Moderately priced build for graphic designer/light gamer- AMD based (m

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner the better, due to a good price on the mobo/Cpu combo, but lets say 7-30-09
BUDGET RANGE: $700-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Adobe CS3 (including Photoshop and illustrator), multi-tasking (internet, music, and graphics program), light gaming (not the latest or greatest, mostly command and conquer or delta force...etc)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:could maybe scrape up a temporary solution for keyboard/mouse and speakers, possibly even the monitor. But if possible I would like to get everything in the budget

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I prefer newegg or tigerdirect but am open to others if the price and service are worth it.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Leaning towards the AMD for bang for buck. But am open to intel although they usually run more expensive. I have compiled a list of parts I thought were good and would work together, but this is my first total build so I could use any advice.

CoolerMaster Scout Case
Pretty dead set on this one. $100

PII X4 955 BE Deneb 3.2GHz 125W & ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 790FX ATX Mobo $315 for both with combo deal while supplies last. Looking to get this or something comparable willing to OC if it isn't too difficult to get it stable.

HIS ICEQ 1GB 4670
$93 I heard HIS ICEQ had good cooling but am willing to go for another brand or moedl (ie 4850 etc) However i strongly think that I need the 1 Gig cache for the CS applications.

OCZ StealthXStream 600W
$80 Maybe overkill for this system but as i might eventually add crossfire I thought this would be a safe bet.

G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 Ram
$67

WD 750GB-32MB Cache SATA
$70

Hanns·G Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
$100

LG Black 22X DVD+R SATA Bulk LightScribe
$28
Total: $843

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually crossfire (as SLI is having a lot of problems lately) I would like to buy a decent card now and crossfire when i get more money.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900+

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want good cheap and stable. I know they don't usually all work that way.. but i did say good not great. This build is for my stepdad. I wanted to build a comp for his b-day. He is a graphics designer and works a lot with CS3 and will soon upgrade to CS4 when he gets the money. He currently works off a 4-yr old sony vaio laptop that was great in it's day but is now barely chugging along with the newer programs. I am also considering a similar build to this for myself. {I multitask a lot and I play WOW and would like to play Oblivion but probably not much more than that. I like older games and don't usually play COD or other shooter games on my comp. I realize i could use a 512MB video card for my build. Myabe even an X3 but I like to convert vids and have 2-5 programs running at almost all times, so I dunno.} But I would primarily like advice on his build.
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  1. I think you make a real good choice on the processor and GPU when it comes to your stepdad. For your self, i would upgrade to HD4770 or HD4580 for graphics.
  2. Best answer
    Hi...you have chosen good components...But there are few changes that you can consider...

    1. CPU + Mobo combo...Get this combo instead of that one...The 790GX mobo also overclocks pretty well and would be more than suffice for you needs...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.212580

    2. Monitor - Get a better resolution monitor...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009127

    3. HDD - Get the Faster WD Black 640GB...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    4. PSU - Get the better Antec EA650...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    5. Spend more on the graphics and get the HD 4850 1GB...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150351
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