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New System for photoediting & some video

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August 18, 2009 2:58:42 AM

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.

kealist
August 18, 2009 3:13:03 AM

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=N82E168...
is better because of lower timings and cheaper
but also out of stock so
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a bit more but worth it IMO
August 18, 2009 7:05:32 AM

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?
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August 18, 2009 7:27:02 AM

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=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

OCZ ModeXtreme Pro 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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