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May 19, 2010 12:16:09 AM

Building new computer, Someone suggested AMD athlon ii x3 tri core 435 2.9ghz processor. 4000mhz ht 1.5 w/ 4GB of RAM. Yes I can afford a little more, any suggestions will "Greatly" be appreciated.

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May 19, 2010 12:17:45 AM

Get an X4 if you can afford it, Photoshop will use the extra cores.
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May 19, 2010 1:35:40 AM

I see that this was a few dozen views, is this X4 that much better. Some one made mention that you need to do something for the fourth to work.
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May 19, 2010 1:46:40 AM

4000 mhz HT?, can you explain this?
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May 19, 2010 3:15:49 AM

arterius2 said:
4000 mhz HT?, can you explain this?

Yah, that would be four billion cycles per second. In this case though, they mean 2 billion each way.
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May 19, 2010 3:21:51 AM

In general, adobe photoshop performs best with an intel CPU, good amount of RAM, a nvidia display card and a fast hard drive.. Are you buillding from scratch..?? In that case it'll be recommended to mention your budget..
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May 19, 2010 8:00:50 AM

Yes, mentioning your budget will help us make better recommendations.

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Yes I can afford a little more, any suggestions will "Greatly" be appreciated.


Exactly how much more can you really afford?
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May 19, 2010 8:26:53 AM

These are the approximate price points (all in USD):

~$75 - Athlon II X3 435
~$100 - Athlon II X4 630
~$150 - Phenom II X4 945
~$200 - Phenom II X6 1055T
~$300 - Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
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May 19, 2010 6:16:45 PM

I have a tower, power supply, and hard drive. I can spend somewhere around $600 - $650. Need Motherboard, CPU, and RAM. Thank you
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May 19, 2010 6:23:31 PM

going to be really honest with you, because I pretty much work with photoshop (CS4) daily for a living. photoshop ISN'T really CPU intensive. what you need is decent amount of ram, (over 4GB) and you will be able to run photoshop without a problem. if anything, a better GPU will do you more good than what you would benefit from a faster CPU, because you can enable "OpenGL Acceleration" in the preferences menu. we have old Pentium 4's and Pentium D's at work that are running photoshop just fine I dont see any reason to really nitpick CPU for this particular setup.

so to answer you question - "what is good for photoshop"

and this is the best answer you are going to get; almost any hardware right now will be able to run photoshop, if you are working on really large drawing, for example over 4000 pixels, grab a few more sticks of ram and you should be ready to roll.
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May 19, 2010 7:48:47 PM

RAM. And lots of it.
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May 20, 2010 1:54:28 AM

Hello everyone, and thank you. Now I just need to look beyond the AMD athlon ii x3 tri core 435 since that can only take 4GB of RAM. Plus look into a new GPU - Currently I have a GeForce 7300 (about two years old) Thanks again
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May 20, 2010 1:57:12 AM

MarkHBaker said:
Now I just need to look beyond the AMD athlon ii x3 tri core 435 since that can only take 4GB of RAM.


o.O lol what do you mean?
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May 20, 2010 1:59:45 AM

MarkHBaker said:
Hello everyone, and thank you. Now I just need to look beyond the AMD athlon ii x3 tri core 435 since that can only take 4GB of RAM. Plus look into a new GPU - Currently I have a GeForce 7300 (about two years old) Thanks again


Most standard AM3 motherboards support 16Gb of ram, where did you get this 4Gb limit from?
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May 20, 2010 2:54:26 AM

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I can spend somewhere around $600 - $650. Need Motherboard, CPU, and RAM. Thank you


That's a decent budget.
If you want to go the AMD way:
AMD 1090T $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or you can get this one:
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel-
Intel i7 930 $288.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte GA X58A UD3R $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'd personally say go with Intel, since the i7 does a superior job at photoshop. The Intel build is ~$30 more than your budget, but worth it, I believe.
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May 20, 2010 3:50:08 AM

MarkHBaker said:
Hello everyone, and thank you. Now I just need to look beyond the AMD athlon ii x3 tri core 435 since that can only take 4GB of RAM. Plus look into a new GPU - Currently I have a GeForce 7300 (about two years old) Thanks again


Does your $600-$650 budget also include getting a GPU?
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