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Pls recommend best PC build for non-gamer but a Photoshop slut

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January 31, 2010 11:02:14 AM

I find Tom guide has a lot of pc gurus, so here's something for you.

I'm looking to build a new pc and need some directions. Here's my detail:

- not a gamer
- mainly web browsing (usually have 10-15 tabs open) and movies
- work on photoshop cs3 daily - but mostly resizing and simple touch up of large 10-30mb files, nothing fancy like renderings or such
- need fast power on
- mult-apps open at same time, i.e. photoshop, browser, excel, itune, dreamweaver, movies
- needs to be quiet
- runs raid 1 - I'm paranoid about failing HDD

I'm looking to build a pc that is fast, silent, and capable of multi-tasking.

Questions:
- I don't mind spending money on 1 x HD 5870 or 2 x 5850, but since I don't game, am I simply throwing money around? Or will a lesser card suffice? Again, I simply want to cruise briskly on Firefox and handle some photoshop files.

- In your opinion, is getting SSD worth it?

- i5 750 or i7 920 or other suggestions, maybe even wait til Clarkdale is widely available?

- PSU, mobo, case?

I'm looking for the best bang for the buck and i'm not shy about overclocking the beast. Budget is anywhere up to $2k, but if a $900 system can perform at 90% of the $2k system, I'm not shy about keeping the money.

Disclaimer: I'm an amateur... but I like learning a thing or two.
January 31, 2010 11:19:23 AM

A few more points to consider:

- run at least 2 lcd monitors at 1920x1200 resolution

- is 4gb ram enough or should I go 8gb?
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February 10, 2010 9:40:08 AM

*bump*
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February 10, 2010 11:08:57 AM

here is a build to get you started, wait for others to comment thought.

cpu+mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 553.98$
gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 139.99$
dvd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 28.99
memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 169.99$
psu+case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 149.98$ after rebates
hd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 94.99 $
total 967.93$, might worth to add more ram, about the raid, have no idea.
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February 10, 2010 6:29:51 PM

daggs said:
here is a build to get you started, wait for others to comment thought.

cpu+mb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 553.98$
gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 139.99$
dvd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 28.99
memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 169.99$
psu+case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 149.98$ after rebates
hd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 94.99 $
total 967.93$, might worth to add more ram, about the raid, have no idea.


Daggs> Tks for this info! I'll look into it and wait to see if others have any comments on the build.
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