Hybrid video editing, Photoshop CS4, gaming machine.


I do light video editing, but the bulk of my computer use is in Photoshop CS4 and gaming. The economy and job market sucks so my budget is pretty tight on this build, as superior as the Core i7 is to anything AMD has I simply cannot afford one right now. The only components I will be reusing from my old system are the keyboard and mouse, so this builds 1100 dollar budget includes the monitor. This is what I've gotten so far from Newegg.

Case: Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750 watt PSU
CPU: AMD Athlon II 620
CPU cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Video card: ATI Radeon 5770 1gb
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (2 sets, 8 gigs total)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1tb HDD (buying two, raid 0)
DVD: SATA Samsung DVD burner from the old system
Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6 inch LCD

All of this in my cart comes in at just shy of 1100 dollars at Newegg. I think I budgeted this system pretty carefully for my needs, but I am open to suggestions. Obviously the place this system is weakest is probably the video card, but the multi monitor support on the ATI is to awesome to pass up. My definition of "gaming" is mostly just Team Fortress 2 and various strategy games. I play WoW from time to time, but I think that can run on a Voodoo 2 anyways.

I think the AM3 platform and this motherboard will leave me open to future upgrades as well when I do need them. What do you guys think? Thanks for any suggestions.

PS: I intend to overclock this system.
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  1. ^ That is good config...But I feel you can save on few places where the change wont impact much and invest in other main places...
    1. Change the monitor to 21.5"... This has the same resolution but just small size...And you save about $40 here...

    2. Get this RAM

    3. HDD - Check this one out...
    Samsung F3

    4. You must have checked the combos right ?

    So now you have enough money to include this CPU + mobo combo...
    X4 955 + 790X
    The extra cache would help in many apps and and in games too...

    Definitely change the CPU cooler...
  2. There's a typo on the combo deal... correct link is:

    Very good advice there.
  3. Hi Gkay,

    Thanks alot for the advice. I had spotted that combo deal with the Antec case and PSU, thats actually why I chose both. I have always had good experiences with Antec.

    I know this is going to sound really myopic, but I don't buy ANY brand of hard drive other than Seagate, just personal preference from work. It always seems the Western Digitals and Samsungs blow up while the Seagate's keep trucking.

    Probably going to take your advice and get the 21.5 inch display though, and swapping out the RAM, mobo, and CPU to those combos you showed me. Thanks for the help!
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