Building sub-$1,000 PHOTOSHOP PC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 max after rebates


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Video Card, Power Supply (possibly reusing old hardware, need opinions first)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, but cheaper is better




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Primarily used for Photoshop RAW file manipulation. Will NOT be used for any gaming.


I'm trying to put together a new system for photoshop use only and have come up with the following so far:

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $288.99

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 204.99 - $20 MIB

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail - $149.99 - $20 MIB

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $99.99


SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail - 179.99 - $10 MIB

Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail - 129.99

I have an old GeForce 7800 and a 500w power supply (not sure on make and model as this is for someone else, will get this info later) that I'd like to reuse if feasible. My main questions are wether or not a 500w PS will be sufficient, wether or not I would notice a huge difference in Photoshop with a 5770 vs the old 7800, and also any opinions on a SSD for Win 7 and PS to be installed on.
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  1. You can get by with any modern IGP for CS4 PS. 7800 is overkill, but since you got it, reuse it. There are 3 variants: GS, GT & GTX, from slowest to fastest. A 350W would be the minimum for GTX. Higher if the PSU is a generic no-name. So your 500W is ok. But I would not gamble my $1000 parts on a generic. What's the make & model of the psu?

    The SSD is a wrong choice for stills cuz you will be storing your stills on a HDD. SSD is great for OS and games/apps, not data. If you can afford it, get it + a Samsung F3 500GB/1TB for backup/data. RAW is frigging huge, and the fastest way to read/write the files would be HDD.
  2. Apparently this is the power supply (it's not my computer)

    ENERMAX Liberty ELT500AWT 500W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready
  3. That's one of the best psus.
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