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Budget $350-$550 Photoshop PC Build

Last response: in Systems
November 28, 2009 8:05:27 PM

Hello, this is a build for my dad (lol), he needs a budget PC for Photoshop and other Multi-Media, able to run lower end games for when my cousins/family/friends come over.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This weekend BUDGET RANGE: $350-550 after Rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Multi-Media , Internet, Games (Why not, for my cousins that come over :)  )

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Headset/Speakers, Operating System



SLI/Crossfire: No


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No Photoshop lag, Runs Cool, You can include bing cashback in your total price, but add that in the end.

Build I'm thinking of:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Video Card: XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996657 - Retail

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD Drive: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

Total Price after rebates and bing: $530

If anyone can find a way to make this build about $50-100 cheaper without sacrificing too much performance that would be amazing, thank you!

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November 28, 2009 10:44:01 PM

Oh yeh, good deal nevermind.Def switch the ram though.
November 29, 2009 4:25:34 AM

Having seen the benches - the addition of a 6mb L3 *does* give performance boost for Photoshop and with current pricing and juicy combos floating around here is a x4 925/CF capable config within your grasp hehe

Egg items = $471 AR

Tiger Direct items = $70 AR
OCZ Mod 600
NZXT Beta EVO Case

Grand Total = $541

Video review for case