$700-$900 Work Computer (Adobe) build

Hi everyone. I want to thank you all again for your help with my build. It worked out great. I had a small issue of random rebooting that happened to just be too much RAM on the install. The puter has been running since and she is a beast. She works so well that my friend has taken an eye for my work and since his computer just crashed and is 10 years old he asked if I could help him build one. So I agreed. I asked him what he needs it for and like me he just wants Adobe to run smoothly. (Photoshop/Illustrator/Possibly Indesign) Okay so let's get down to it.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Feb-March BUDGET RANGE: $700-$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Home/Work Use. Run Adobe Design Programs Smoothly

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: KB/Mouse - Possibly Monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Lets see which is more cost efficient. so Intel AMD or Nvidia or ATI no preference on any other parts.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 or larger. Depends on if they decide on a Monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Even though i5 doesn't have Hyperthreading... Would it still run Adobe smoothly? I think he's really trying to save some money than going with a Dell or HP or something. I was trying to build around i5 first. But I'll see if he even wants Intel. AMD may save him some good money as well.
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  1. Hi. Here are two options:

    1- Option AMD:

    CPU $ 159,99 Phenom II X4 955
    MOBO $ 178,99 ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
    RAM $ 108,99 Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1333
    GPU $ 179,99 5770
    HDD $ 89,99 Spinpoint F3 1TB
    PSU+CASE combo deal $ 139,98 Antec 300 + Antec 550W

    Total: $ 857,93 + MIR + SHIPPING

    2- Option Intel:

    CPU i5-750
    MOBO Asus P7P55D-E
    HDD Spinpoint F3 1TB
    GPU 5770
    RAM Crucial Ballistix Tracer 1333
    CPU COOLER Hyper 212+
    Combo PSU+CASE Antec 300 + Antec 550W

    Total: $908,92 + MIR + SHIPPING
  2. Built an i5 on CyberPCPower or something. But for 900 it didn't seem like a bad deal.

    Configuration
    CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-750 2.66 GHz 8M L2 Cache LGA1156 [+20]
    HDD: Single Hard Drive (1TB (1TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
    MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] EVGA P55 TR Intel P55V Chipset DDR3 Socket 1156 mATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, & 2 PCIe X1
    MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
    SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
    VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB DDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [DirectX 11 Support] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)

    But he also said he might want i-7 for the hyperthreading.
  3. ^Isa mATX and a 5750, IMO aren't good. You need check the CL of the RAM, if is >CL8 isn't good.
  4. AH yeah good find. I didn't look at which motherboard. this was just a quick build. I'll change that.

    edit: Perhaps an Asus P7P55D LE Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 LGA1156 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI
  5. The i7-860 is $80 more than the i5-750 on newegg right now, and they use the same socket.

    Stepping up to an i7-920 would likely add another $200-300 in cpu, mobo, ram...it's not really feasible on most builds below $1500. You could probably get one for $1000-1200 if you went with integrated graphics and cut some other corners, but it's probably not worth it compared to just going with the i7-860.

    You could save a little cash by going with this OCZ Platinum 4 GB CAS 7 1333 MHz kit $92 after MIR, including shipping.

    You could also save about $40 by going with a 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint or Seagate 7200.12.
  6. Well, check the two builds. If you have some question feel free to ask.
  7. saint19 said:
    Well, check the two builds. If you have some question feel free to ask.


    Oh id dint see you posted some builds. I'll check em out. Sorry bout that haha.
  8. coldsleep said:
    The i7-860 is $80 more than the i5-750 on newegg right now, and they use the same socket.

    Stepping up to an i7-920 would likely add another $200-300 in cpu, mobo, ram...it's not really feasible on most builds below $1500. You could probably get one for $1000-1200 if you went with integrated graphics and cut some other corners, but it's probably not worth it compared to just going with the i7-860.

    You could save a little cash by going with this OCZ Platinum 4 GB CAS 7 1333 MHz kit $92 after MIR, including shipping.

    You could also save about $40 by going with a 500 GB Samsung Spinpoint or Seagate 7200.12.


    Get the seagate, the Spinpoint F3 500GB is currently unavailable on newegg.
  9. Yeah my build is an i-7 920 and it cost me roughly 1300. In regard to that, I think i5 is more up his alley, or an AMD. How well does the i-5 handle Adobe rendering?
  10. I don't know how good is the i5 and adobe, I always use AMD, but you can take a look of this review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5,2410-12.html
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