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  1. You could save a whole bundle of money by going with a perfectly capable AMD x3 build. Also get a better PSU such as one by Corsair, Antec, PC P&C, OCZ, Seasonic... get a micro-atx case (or an ATX motherboard) no sense in mismatching them. Get a better graphics card, and skip the HSF and paste unless you're overclocking. Hope this helps.
  2. Get a sata dvd drive and a good psu like jbakerlent suggested. If you arent spending your life doing image manipulation or hard core gaming with a multiple card solution you dont really need an i7 and you are better off with a different type of build. If the 2% faster photoshop times will actually add up to alot for you then you are going to want 12GB of ram
  3. For your needs do you really require the i7 ???
    And could you explain what you meant by "For photography" If you are talking about using s/w related to photo editing/ rendering, then the i7 would be fine...
  4. Thanks for the suggestions. I have made a few modifications already.

    Photography = using Lightroom to edit and print pictures.
  5. gkay09 said:
    For your needs do you really require the i7 ???
    And could you explain what you meant by "For photography" If you are talking about using s/w related to photo editing/ rendering, then the i7 would be fine...


    Suggestions other than i7?
  6. The X4 955/ X4 945(If you dont plan to overclock) are very good alternatives...It would reduce the overall platform cost while not loosing much on performance...

    And by going with an AMD PC, you can also do away with the graphics card...There are very good boards with decent onboard video, that would be suffice for your needs...

    Here is a really good combo, that you can consider...
    X4 945 + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX + Corsair 4GB DDR3 + Samsung F1 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.213770

    And definitely change the PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    And change the DVD drive to a SATA as the cables would be thinner - less clutter...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188\
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