Help build $700 photo editing pc Tags: Systems Last response: August 28, 2009 5:14 AM in Systems Share cromero55 August 27, 2009 10:22:14 PM APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (ASAP) BUDGET RANGE: US$500-700 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Word processing, lite gaming, surfing the internet, photo/video editing w/elements PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: does not matter PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type ... I would like to use an AMD phenom II x4 945 other than that don't know much OVERCLOCKING: pls advise SLI OR CROSSFIRE: pls advise ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need windows os...getting really into digital photography and need a productive system 12 mp raw files thank you in advace for your help and suggestions More about : build 700 photo editing | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Outlander_04 August 27, 2009 11:25:14 PM windows is $110 a 22 inch monitor will be about $150 Even if we take your top figure of $700 that only leaves $450 for cpu/mb/ram/case/psu/dvd/ hdd/ gfx and the processor you want is $170.. which means theres no hope of building a quality system based on that processor at that price | Report abuse shortstuff_mt August 27, 2009 11:47:48 PM This was as close as I could get using a modern AM3 build with DDR3 RAM. Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P BK Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99 - $20.00 MIR AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retai http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 (motherboard + RAM combo) Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $144.98 (HD + OS combo) SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 Total - $734.91 - $20.00 MIR You could save an extra $20 by going with this AM2+ motherboard + DDR2 RAM, but I would try to stretch the budget to fit in the AM3 + DDR3 if at all possible. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $134.98 (Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H + G.SKILL 4GB DDR2 800 combo) You mentioned "light" gaming, so I just went with integrated graphics. There's no chance of getting your build with a decent gaming GPU at your budget. | Report abuse cromero55 August 28, 2009 4:44:22 AM $700 budget is for cpu/mb/ram/case/psu/dvd/ hdd/ gfx I'm not including the cost of an lcd monitor to this budget. The use of a decent gfx card is very important to my build. | Report abuse shortstuff_mt August 28, 2009 5:14:56 AM In that case, I would pick up a 4850 GPU: XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $119.99 or XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $109.99 You could also swap out the case, but that would put you further over budget. 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