[New System Build}Gaming, HD video, photo edit, Graphic design, $1000

:D APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 3 weeks.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, HD video(will take place of TV and cable), photo editing(photoshop), and graphic design(adobe illustrator)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None, need it all.


PARTS PREFERENCES: up for suggestions, thinking about the intel core i5 Lynnfield.
OVERCLOCKING: No idea, I'm a newb. CROSSFIRE: Again no idea. I'm a newb.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 24" HP LP2475w

So this is my first build, I'm just getting back into PC gaming, after about 5 years of console only. Instead of getting a new HDTV and xbox360 I've opted to go this route as I need a setup for my photo editing/graphic design as well.

Games I'm looking to play are Aion Online, Dragon Age Orgins, Bioshock 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, fallout 3, maybe Crysis.

Really have no idea where to start, done a little bit of research but not really sure of what I need for my uses. $1500 is pretty well the max I want to spend, and the monitor I'm looking at is a little over $500 so I have about $1000 for the rest. If I can spend less while maintaining good performance, great. Appreciate the help.
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  1. I think the monitor is key. Until we know the monitor its hard to say what GPU would be best. As I understand it great gaming and great photo editing are really not compatible functionality for monitors. You can learn alot about monitors at this site:

    Also what games will you be playing, that might affect choices.
  2. I'll have to do some more research for monitors. If I can't find a monitor that will be good for both gaming and photo editing that might change my plans a bit.

    As for games, Aion Online, Dragon Age Orgins, Bioshock 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, fallout 3, maybe Crysis.
  3. Gaming monitors have bad color reproduction. Graphics monitors have lousy gaming characteristics.

    Of course, the old CRT monitors could do both, and leave you with a blinding headache after 8 hours as well....

    I do miss the old shadow-mask Viewsonic though.
  4. See like this one


    Great color, no ghosting, no response lag... but it's a small screen that will hurt ya if you sit in front of it long enough.
  5. Alright did a little more research, the monitor I'm looking at will be the Hewlett Packard Lp2475w. It should work very well for my photo editing, and ok for gaming. The input lag isn't ideal for twitch FPS but from what I've read it should be tolerable. Resolution is 1920x1200.
  6. Thats a pretty good resolution. To have a good gaming experience I would recommend at least the ATI 5850 ($260) or the ATI 5870 ($390) if you have budget for it. How much is your budget after the monitor?
  7. After the monitor the budget will be $1000, but preferably less.
  8. This is what I would probably be buying if I was making myself a computer this XMAS. It seems to fit your needs pretty well.
    i5 ($190)
    ASUS P7P55D Pro ($170)
    Gskill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 2x2GB ($95)
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB ($55)
    Sony Optiarc DVD ($33)
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus CPU cooler. ($30)
    XFX HD 5850 ($260)
    Antec 300 illusion with Antec TP 650 PSU ($150)

    Total $950 - should be able to combo some of the other items to cover shipping costs.

    That build will let do moderate overclocking and add a second 5850 in the future. If you wanted to do heavy overclocking and add a bunch more HDDs and SSDs you might want to go up to the 750W PSU for $30 more.

    If you dont want the option of a second graphics card, the ASUS P7P55D LE motherboard is $35 cheaper and you could save about $30 on a cheaper PSU.
  9. Thanks for the the quick response, will hte 650w psu be enough to handle a second 5850 in the future?
  10. TechKnow said:
    Thanks for the the quick response, will hte 650w psu be enough to handle a second 5850 in the future?
    That 650W is one of very few that will handle two GPUs.
  11. The system with CF will pull about 450 or so from the wall, so I would not recommend a 650W if you can get more. I would shoot for the 60% sweet spot with a TP-750.
  12. Need a bit more input, I'm planning on ordering in the next few days, basically going off dndhatcher's build but maybe upping the power supply. Only issues are that the gpu and the cpu cooler are no longer available. Any suggestions?
  13. The 5850 will go in and out of stock really fast. You need to be fast and get lucky to get one right now. AMD promises the supply will get better over the next couple months, but there is alot of pent up demand waiting.

    Antec 300 illusion with TP-750 PSU combo $150.

    Xigmatek S1283 (its the Dark Knight without the black nickel color) and the now available 1156 mounting bracket. The MIR covers the cost of the bracket.
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