New System for photoediting & some video

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Friday this week.

BUDGET RANGE: $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop / Lightroom, Video editing, watching dvds, generic internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Hard drive (I have a spare Hitachi 500GB SATA drive already that I am planning on using)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to go with AMD AM3 because it should be upgradable in the future while being affordable for me now. i7 is too expensive for my budget

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200. I have a Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: needs to cope with my monitor.

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CASE & POWERSUPPLY: Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail - $109.99

MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $84.99

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail - $119.00

MEMORY: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail - $77.99

VIDEO CARD: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail - $184.99

Total: $576.96

Anyone see any problems or have suggestions? I would really appreciate it.

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  1. ditch the gaming gfx card . You dont need that for your use

    Even a $70 card will be fine and probably make a lot less noise . a 4670 maybe

    I would probably buy a 790g or 785g AM3 mb and forget about a gfx card all together since the onboard is more than strong enough

    The money you save can get you a 945 quad core

    This RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231200
    is better because of lower timings and cheaper
    but also out of stock so
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220278
    a bit more but worth it IMO
  2. Thanks for the suggestions Outlander_04! Based on your advice I have come up with the following....

    CASE & POWERSUPPLY: Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail - $109.99

    MOTHERBOARD: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail - $134.99

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail - $119.00

    MEMORY: Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PDC34G1333LLK - Retail - $84.99

    Total: $448.97

    I think I will leave out the video card as long as the onboard HD3300 can handle 1920x1200. I'm still thinking of whether I want to go for a higher CPU than the 720 yet. I guess it's $80 to go up to the 955. I'm sure I can manage fine with the 720, and upgrade later one. Right now the 955 is out of stock though....

    Thanks again for the suggestions. Would I need a cooling system to overclock much?
  3. Maybe check out this combo with a 945 and 1600Mhz RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.237849

    And yes, the onboard will work ok for your uses.
  4. Going with a Quad would help for those apps...

    You can check out this mobo + RAM...
    A very good AM3 mobo and more than suffice for your needs + a Good DDR3 RAM

    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 + G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.237034

    And with the money saved on the mobo, get the Quad...
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00275G0VE
    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HDZ955FBBX
  5. And if you have planned say till 3.4GHz overclock, then the stock should be suffice as the X4 955 comes with a better stock cooler than the other standard ones...
    But if you want to go further, then it is better to get an aftermarket CPU cooler...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

    And a suggestion for the case...
    You can save some money by going with this case and PSU...

    Both have Free shipping and are of very good quality...
    Antec 300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    OCZ ModeXtreme Pro 500W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    So you get a high quality case + modular PSU for less...(Case + Shiiping)
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