Advice on Home Office Computer Build

I have a system being built for me to use for my business. My current Dell Vostro (yeah I know, funny) locks up on me daily and I waste a lot of time reentering lost info and rebooting. I need a computer that will run a lot of large programs all at one time, it needs to be fast, and the graphics need to look as true to color as possible. Some of the programs that I have open and running at any given time are Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, QuickBooks, Outlook, promotional products industry search engine, 1.5 million clip art graphics and photographs, etc., etc... This computer will be used often for graphic design.

I'd like to get some feedback on the components that my IT guy picked out. Oh, and FYI, I think my husband is the reason for the Blu-ray burner being added to the That was his contribution.

I'd appreciate all the advice I can get!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: right now--one hour

BUDGET RANGE: up to $1500


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, unless you have another suggestion

OVERCLOCKING: don't know what this means... SLI OR CROSSFIRE: don't know what this means either

MONITOR: any suggestions on brand or do you know of a current good deal somewhere? minimum of 24", 1920x1080, LCD, HDMI, 1080p,

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for fast, fast and fast. very good graphics.


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

Kingston HyperX 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240 Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Kit Desktop Memory

Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0GB/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0GB/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Sapphire 100295HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Crossfire Supported Video Card

LG Black 8x BD-R 2x BD-RE 16x DVD R 5x DVD-RAM 6x BD-ROM 2MB Cache 8x Blu-ray Burner

Sony Black 18x DVD-ROM 48x CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive

AFT XM5U All-in-one USB 2.0 Card Reader

Sunbeam Freezing-Storm IC-FS-US-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply
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  1. Let me know if I should go back and attach a link to each of the parts if this will get me more replies.
  2. For Graphics Design, color accuracy is generally important and for that, budget allowing, you will want a IPS or S-PVA panel. Unfortunately, the entry point there is $450 .... look for deals on the Lenovo L220x, DEll 2408WFP and Dell U2410.

    Otherwise grab one of the Asus 1920 x 1200 models (24") on newegg

    As fr the rest, $1500 can get you a lot more PC.....I'd suggest looking at some of these for some ideas.
  3. For the parts that you have listed:
    Boot drive Seagate 7200.12 500 GB drive - single platter, faster than WD 320 Blue.
    Power supply - don't depend on the no-name PSU included with the case. My choice:
    Corsair 550VX
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