$1000: i5-750 Photo-editing rig.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo editing (RAW processing and conversion with NIK Capture NX2 and Adobe Photoshop Elements), storing those photos, casual gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies and listening to music, word processing and other general computing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Have chosen the i5-750 CPU. I'd like a mobo and case with space for harddrives, as I plan on packing a lot of them into it. Thinking something like 1 or 2 SSDs and 4 HDDs at least (Those are not included in the current build or its budget). Also need the possibility of running dual monitors.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or above


* I'd like a quiet PC as it's gonna be situated in our living room.

* Concerning my gaming needs: I game a little, but to be honest it's mostly stuff like the MS Simulators, Sims, Rollercoaster Tycoon and such. I don't need totally awesome FPS or anything.

* Also, I'd like to debunk the myth that says anything RAW/Adobe Photoshop requires state of the art CPU, GPU and 32GB of RAM. It doesn't :-)


Stuff I've in my cart:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
$199.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5-750-_-19-115-215-_-Product

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Please, feel free to add whatever that's missing and please do tell me why you've chosen exactly *that* part. And bare in mind, that I haven't owned or build a workstation sine 2002.
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  1. I like INTEL too but this is an AMD build, if I ever saw one.

    Compare prices and benchmarks. You'll be WAY ahead with a fast AM3 Black Quad.

    GPU ?? ... debunk away but if you plan to really spend any time with ADOBE CS4 ...

    The PNY is GREAT for multi mon (hi-rez) CS4 (incl PS) but sux for fps games.

    ..OR.. if you don't want to believe the Quadro is the correct choice, then ...

    (because it most closely mocks the QuadroFX)

    ... or ...


    ... Sure ... you can do with less. Sounds like you are wanting good rendering.

    The 5770 is not a terrible choice ... It is fine for reduced rez fps games and you may end up doing more of that than rendering ... also, the 5770 is better suited to home theater apps and can be Crossfired, if the need arises.

    If you DO go 5770, it is best to go gor a 1GB version. I like Saphire for the 5770 because of the hi build quality (good rep) and low RFI components (jap-caps and coils).

    = Alvin =

    = Alvin =
  2. Make sure the ATI 5000 driver issues are resolved if you're using one of these programs:


    For Which Programs Did We Find Concrete Issues?

    * CorelDraw, Adobe illustrator, Adobe Freehand MX, Nemetschek AllPlan (2D functions)
    * Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4 (general vector objects on various layers)
    * Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint, and various home layout packages
    * Microsoft Excel when rendering larger charts, or big spreadsheets with area fills
    * Various construction tools, including those for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC drawings
    * Various industry-specific tools (drawing annotations, site plans, landscaping plans, etc.)

    THG reported that it had a beta fix but I dunno if it's hit the streets or to what extent it fixes the problem....
  3. GOOD TO KNOW ... I'll be sure to remember that. (and advise accordingly).
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