Need Advice: Photo Editing budget build $800 ish i7

Hello everyone.

I am looking to build a new computer as my 4 year old alienware is very outdated.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: hopefully this week BUDGET RANGE: $800 or less after Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo editing, lightroom photoshop etc, maybe movie editing, normal work and maybe some gaming (light gaming, counterstrike etc)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, I could reuse my alienware case but a new case is not out of the question. I have two BARRACUDA 120GB 8MB CACHE SERIAL ATA WITH NCQ HD drives that I could reuse unless they are slow by todays standards (not sure about the specfics of the HDs beyond that). I don't need dvd drives unless sata drives are that much faster. I also have a still functional ATI RADEON X850 XT 256MB PLATINUM EDITION PCIE

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or something similiar as long as it is reliable and fast

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel i7, DDR3 ram,

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No/ Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes / No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or higher. I will get the dell IPS monitor later

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a fast yet budget conscience build that will last a couple of years, probably the only other upgrades up the road would be more ram and SSDs. I would also like a good cf card reader.

Processor i7-860 and GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 $398

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP w/ 500w power supply $89 -15 mail in rebate

Ram, Gskill ECO series 4gb $114

Cooler master cooler CM hyper 212 $29

thermal compund artic cooler $7

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55 x 2

Going to use XP for a while.

Power supply I have will work.

Total $892

NEW TOTAL $658 ($743 w/ case)

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    ^ You should take a look at the i7 8xx...they are very good and are actually slightly faster than the i7 920 in many apps...And with that CPU, you can easily bring the total under $800 without much compromise in performance...And you get USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s connectors as bonus...

    And a faster HDD wuld be better...

    CASE - Certainly check out this one...

    CPU cooler -
    CM Hyper 212...More for less...
  2. ^ quote for truth. I'm dumbfounded that these days people still want the oldie i7 920 for more than the newbie i7 860. The newbie is cheaper, faster. Unless you can get the i7 920 for less than the 860. i.e. at microcenter.

    Take his advice.
  3. Ok, I will switch out the processor and the cooler. Any advice on the power supply?
  4. Thanks,

    I'm pretty sure my current power supply will work.

    As long as my old video card will work I think I'm ready to order. Unless someone sees some other issue though.
  5. Can anyone give me answer about my video card being compatabile with the system and not completely outdated? That is my only area that I'm not sure on right now.

    If I could by a new and faster one for $50ish I would defiently choose that.
  6. Yes, the old GPU is compatible with the new mobo. It's PCI-E, isn't it?

    Nope, save the money for a treat or whatever. The CS game you play is very old.
  7. Best answer selected by jasr.
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