First of all, I don't know anything at all about building a computer and parts needed. I have someone putting this all together for me and I'm just supposed to trust that what he is doing is right. I was hoping someone can look at these parts that I'm about to purchase and tell me how it all looks. There seems to be a lot of people here that know A LOT about computers.
First, this is a computer that I use for my business. I do a lot of graphic design and work in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I also run a software program that lets me access all the products available in the promotional products industry, QuickBooks, and Outlook for my email. Most of the time I have all of these running at the same time and my current computer is always crashing...ALWAYS. I need something that is going to allow me to run everything at the same time and still run fast. I'm also worried that the video card he picked out is going to give me crappy graphics. What do all of you think. (I hope this all makes sense.)
ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3/AM2 /AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4 GHx 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor
Your build can be made significantly cheaper without affecting the performance, particularly, the 790FX board, and the 965 are not a good choice, a 785G board and a 955 would be significantly cheaper and not affect your usage.
core i5 @ microcenter for $150, it's a good alt for amd phenom II but finding mobos could be hard
If one was to go AMD 955 or 965, you might as well do the Core i5-750, coupled with a decent P55 Micro-ATX motherboard. Since you're not doing gaming stuff, Micro-ATX with a single modern GPU should be good enough and could save you some cash. Now, if we were talking about rendering and 3D modeling and such, I might suggest going i7-860 simply for the Hyperthreading ability. But general graphic editing should be fine with a non-HT quad core.
Realistically, if you're just doing photo editing type stuff, you don't need anything that fast or higher end.
Depending on which way we go with this, the 450W power supply may not be enough if we start looking at any video/graphic cards better than the ATI 4670 you have listed.
By the way: Why the 320GB hard drive? Many times you can get much larger hard drives for similar money. (Western Digital is a great brand choice though!)
Thanks for all the good advice. Looks like I have a full night of research ahead of me.
How do you think Cyber Monday deals will compare to Black Friday deals?
Oh, and Jerreece, my IT guy explained it like this to me: The 320GB hard drive is a smaller hard drive but a lot faster. I would be running Illustrator and Photoshop and some of the larger programs on this hard drive. The other hard drive is larger (1.5TB) and would be used for storage of all of my files.
My problem with the current computer I use right now is that, for example, when I'm designing a brochure or report that has a bunch of large pictures, the computer runs really slow, locks up, and gives me error messages that I don't have enough memory. I currently have a Dell Vostro (yeah I know, funny huh.)
The 320GB hard drive is a smaller hard drive but a lot faster. I would be running Illustrator and Photoshop and some of the larger programs on this hard drive. The other hard drive is larger (1.5TB) and would be used for storage of all of my files.
That is true (The WD Greens run at 5900 rpm IIRC?). Imo, I would not pick either one. I'd go with 1x 500GB Samsung F3, and 1x 1TB Samsung F3. Or 1x WD Black 640GB and 1x F3. The F3s are some of the faster HDDs out currently.
One more thing: DDR2 is DEAD/DYING. Get DDR3 RAM and compatible motherboard. Right now, DDR3 2*2GB is the same as DDR2 prices. Expect DDR2 RAM prices to increase as manufactures stop producing it and stocks run low.
BUDGET: I'm just trying to keep it under $1500 if possible. But I will pay what I have to pay to get a machine that doesn't lock up and run slow. If you tell me that it will cost $3500 to build something that can run graphic design programs, then so be it. I will pay it. My sanity is worth that amount. Lol.