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February 19, 2010 7:20:55 PM

This is my first time building my own computer from scratch. I'm majoring in Journalism and Web Design so I need something that runs Adobe CS4 pretty smoothly. Let me know what you think and any other suggestions or add-in's you think I need. I will answer any questions to help.

MoBo: MSI P55M-GD45 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: POWERCOLOR AX5450 512MK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB 64-bit DDR3 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
**Pretty Basic, but I liked it because it was affordable**

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Quad Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5Q-4GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
**Figure I'll start with 1 stick, then buy another once I can afford to and keep adding on**

SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
**For Windows 7, CS4, MS Office, and other boot programs**

Wireless Internet: SYBA PCI 1-Channel CardBus Host Controller Card Model SY-PCI-PCM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
**Liked this because of the extra slots and possibility for expansion and updates.**

Hopefully all this is compatible, it took me forever to make this list. Do I need another fan, or anything else you experts can think of?

I appreciate any and all feedback. I'm not looking for a gaming machine or a super machine, just something that I can multitask and run a few CS4 programs on simultaneously.

Thanks again!

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February 19, 2010 7:26:47 PM

I wasn't sure about a power supply. Or if anyone knows a better idea with the case/PSU together that would be great. I've never had a problem with computers overheating.
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February 19, 2010 7:35:19 PM

Your mobo needs DDR3, not DDR2. Get the cheapest sticks from a major brande (Corsair, Crucial, OCZ, Patriot etc.)
I would up-grade your video card to a 5770.
As of PSU, get a Corsair or Seasonic around 500W.
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February 19, 2010 7:40:55 PM

galta said:
Your mobo needs DDR3, not DDR2. Get the cheapest sticks from a major brande (Corsair, Crucial, OCZ, Patriot etc.)
I would up-grade your video card to a 5770.
As of PSU, get a Corsair or Seasonic around 500W.


I was trying to buy 4GB sticks, but I don't think that's possible with DDR3. Do you think 3 2GB stick will be ok? I just want to make upgrading easier if necessary, and having 3 of 4 memory slots full wouldn't leave me with many options.
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February 19, 2010 8:02:41 PM

welshmousepk said:
you should be able to find 4gb of ddr3 in dual channel packs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Yea but I've got 4 memory slots, and taking up 2 with a total of 4 GB's. Do you think that's enough to multi-task and not have any speed issues with programs and such?
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February 19, 2010 8:11:15 PM

yes it should be fine.

unless you are doing some serious multi-tasking (and i mean, HEFTY) then 4gb is actually quite alot. most programs sit fine with less than 256mb of RAM.

and it made for dual channel, so its fastest with 2 or 4 sticks.

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February 19, 2010 8:21:49 PM

OK, I changed the MoBo to:
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
**Wanted USB 3.0 and enough USB 2.0 ports to power my mouse and other attachments**

Also added Memory:
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail

And PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 19, 2010 8:29:47 PM

Case / PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If, as you said, you're not gaming, you won't be able to tell the difference between a $200 card and an $80 card
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic...

Memory - $104
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader - Should come in handy w/ photos
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - I'd avoid "open box" and get an 1156 MoBo from Asus w/ USB 3 and SATA III

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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February 19, 2010 9:19:02 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Case / PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If, as you said, you're not gaming, you won't be able to tell the difference between a $200 card and an $80 card
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic...

Memory - $104
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader - Should come in handy w/ photos
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - I'd avoid "open box" and get an 1156 MoBo from Asus w/ USB 3 and SATA III

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


Thank you for the input. I've heard about OpenGL with Dreamweaver and some other CS4 programs, I'm trying to find the cheapest Radeon like you suggested, but also want the OpenGL
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February 20, 2010 12:43:17 AM

Do I need a Sound Card too??
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February 20, 2010 12:48:46 AM

Sound Card? First check the quality of the sound from the mobo - usually, it is surprisingly good. After that, you can decide whether you need a separate sound card, and if you do, disable the integrated sound from the mobo.
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February 20, 2010 12:52:06 AM

Oh ok that's what I wasn't sure if it was integrated or not. But that's fine. Thanks a lot.

Just my luck Newegg ran out of the Intel SSD I wanted.
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February 20, 2010 12:57:23 AM

Hoover16 said:
Ok I upgraded the video card to a 5770

POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still looking at memory.

Any other critiques?



if your not gaming you dont really need that good of a video card. i would ether just stick with the one you had before or maybe go for a 5670 or something

ok actually i see that youv switched to the 9500 which is probably a good choice.
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