Help build $700 photo editing pc


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


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
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  1. 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
  2. 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 $39.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $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 $169.99

    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retai $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

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $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 $29.99

    Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail $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. $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.
  3. $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.
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