Non-gaming, Mainly multitasking and Photoediting

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Preferably before Christmas or soon after
BUDGET RANGE: Best bang for the buck for my needs. Would like to stay in the $1000-1200 range

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Internet, Bittorent, Movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers,Dvd/cd-recorder



PARTS PREFERENCES: . Leaning towards I5, but can and will accept AMD recommendations.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure, have only been using one Graphics card. Current comp is 5+ years old running Xp still.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 Prefer 1920x1200 but either one should suffice.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Majority of my PC usage is for Photoediting, and surfing the net. I will on ocassions watch movies and shows on my PC.

I have already read throught all the stickies about what parts to choose for a setup, and have also went through the first couple of pages on what other users are building. I have only seen most questions are for the gamers and HT usage. Not a lot of builds are for Photoediting. The ones that are for photoediting are in the $2000 range, and that is not in my budget. Here are some of the common parts that I am looking into getting.
Samsung 24" monitor
intel i5-750
Amd Phenom IIx4 955
Samsung 500gb Harddrive
G-Skills Eco line of memory
Cooler master Hyper 212
Not really sure on what GPU to get for my needs
Not sure on which MB to get either.
Antec 900 and neo power supply combo on sale right now

Writing this up kind of late at night, so might be missing something somewhere in there. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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  1. For photo editing you might want to look into getting an IPS monitor. They are expensive but with a consumer panel like the Samsung you won't get accurate color.

    The cheapest IPS monitor I can think of is the Dell Ultrasharp U2410 for $530. You're also going to want a lot of ram, so 4 gigs should be minimum.

    For a graphics card maybe try a geforce 9800gt or a geforce gts250. ATI is usually a little faster for the money, but nvidia is usually more stable.
  2. ^ Spot on. IPS IS the way to go for photography & desktop publishing. The one you picked out is TN. No match for IPS in terms of color fidelity & contrast ratio. I'd dumb down the cpu to x2 or x3 AM3, the below mobo, HD 4670, and grab an IPS in a heart beat if I were in your situation. That's what I'd call a professional photography workstation. You don't need i5 or Phenom 2 for Photoshop.

    For the i5:

    ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Your Price:$159.99

    For the AM3:

    GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Your Price:$139.99

    For the GPU:

    HIS H467PS1GH Radeon HD 4670 iSilence4 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Your Price:$99.99

    For the case & PSU:

    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

    The 500W PSU is overkill for the HD 4670, but it has room for gpu upgrades. The ~400W Antec case/psu combo is the same price. Might as well get the 500W.
  3. Thanks for the replies guys. I have narrowed it down to this setup based on your recommendations. Please look and tell me what you think. I am kind of iffy on going down to a AM3 cpu, but it seems to be the best bang for the buck. Or should I get the original I5 or 955 for future future proofing? I generally do not upgrade my computer for at least 3 years down the road. Also curious if that video card is hefty enough to play 1080P movies? This is just the main components, I will have to get the monitor and Hard drive at a later time as the HD is out of stock right now. Will have to look into a better monitor as well.
  4. Your shopping cart is empty.

    AM3 is the most future proof. I think it began life late last year. AMD doesn't change sockets too often. Intel, on the other hand, likes to change chipsets (965, P35, P45, P55, X38, X48, X58) to support new cpus. This results in forcing the consumer to upgrade the mobo & cpu.

    If you mean Samsung F3, you don't have to have that. WD Black is another fast alternative.

    Even IGP Ion can play 1080p. Any modern more expensive discrete GPU can do it better than IGP.

    Also, under $1000, AMD is the best bang.
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