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Hello - I'm building a new machine and had a couple questions regarding hardware. I will be using the machine all day as I work from home as a graphic designer, photography professional (raw photo processing) and I want the ability to use it as a small entertainment center for HD television/movie viewing. The setup will have a 24" monitor, but I also want the ability to hook up my 20.1" without seeing a performance decrease while heavily multi-tasking.

I've boiled the hardware down to the following.

CPU:
Core 2 Quad 2.83ghz v. 3.0ghz
link to newegg comparison of the two:
Newegg Comparison: Core 2 Quad
**my question here is 2.83ghz v. 3.0ghz; is it that big of a difference? and, multimedia instruction; one has it, the other doesnt. what does it mean?
**also should I consider a core i7 setup instead? i'm not sure if this is necessary for the price increase. thoughts?

Memory:
6GB DDR3 1333 or 1600

Hard Drive:
74GB 10000 rpm (for OS and Apps)

Video card:
DDR5 1-2GB, dual dvi
*If i want both monitors, is it better to go with dual GPUs? or will the one DDR5 handle both well?


I didn't include the motherboard, bc i will simply match one that will handle the hardware mentioned above.

Thanks for any opinions/thoughts!

JP
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    Head over to the systems section and make a post using the template in the thread below and we will design a good build for you that will meet your needs and get the most performance out of your budget.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  2. May be you don't realize but you've selected components which even Intel has marked as previous generation now (basically dead sockets).. Consider the following for your work scenario -

    1. AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851

    2. ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631

    3. G-Skill DDR3 1333 MHz 8 GB RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    4. ATI FirePro V4800 1 GB Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195096

    5. Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    The above is just for suggestion.. The selection could get more precise based on your budget.. It'll also be helpful if you could mention the software you use as graphic designing can pertain to numerous number of apps..
  3. @hunter315:
    thanks! i'll do that right now.

    @PsychoSaysDie & emperus
    I figured my core 2 quad consideration would provoke a reaction like this. I'll def. kick it up to the next gen processor families. My first thought would be to stick with Intel, but both of you have recommended AMD Phenom II x6. I understand it's cheaper, but price aside, I want to know about performance when comparing AMD vs. Intel. How do AMD chips stack up against Intel chips of equal specs? Where do the intel chips out-perform their AMD counterparts?

    JP
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