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May 24, 2010 2:53:59 AM

Hey all, I've been out of the pc building scene since I built my current computer in 2006. Now my wife needs a new pc and I just don't have the time to come up to speed on the latest and greatest components in time for this build. So I turn to you.

She needs something that can run Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects without any trouble. Other than that, she uses her pc for internet browsing and infrequent word documents...

Here's my info:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month.

BUDGET RANGE: up to ~$1000 after rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop/Illustrator/After Effects

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: No/maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Something that I won't have to upgrade for a while. Don't care about any eSATA, Firewire, Serial, or Parallel ports. Quiet fans/PS are a plus.

Let me know if there's anything I skipped over.


Thanks for your help guys!

Mike
May 25, 2010 4:20:37 PM

Most of the people here are gamers it seems.. I'm not getting much love on my similar thread either.. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/286832-31-graphics-vi...
You might have a look at mine and see what you think, though. it might end up around that price. I'm still trying to figure out if I want to save some bucks by moving to AMD, though
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May 25, 2010 4:44:42 PM

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($149.99 + Free Shipping) I suggest this case because its pretty conservative and very quiet/well made.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($39.99 + Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 + Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($129.99 + Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL ($219.98 +Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($54.99 + Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity ($89.99 + Free Shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($25.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $910.91

Alternatively, you could drop down to 4GB of RAM, and pick up an 80GB Intel SSD, to use as an OS/App/Scratch drive. This would put you at the $1000 mark, but offer better performance.

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May 25, 2010 4:55:53 PM
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Assuming she want's to utilize CUDA, and won't be gaming

Optical
LG $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/MOBO
i7-930 and GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R $474
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/GPU
G SKill PI DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 6 gb and 9800gtx $410 w/ $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU/Case
Antec 300 Illusion and Antec 650 W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD
Spinpoint F3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $982 before shipping and $30 MIR
May 25, 2010 4:56:03 PM

trans build is more gaming oriented. Depending on what filters, etc your wife uses CUDA can increase speeds 2-8x over CPU only.

She'll also probably want the 8 threads of the 930. Also, I don't know how professionally she wants to go. Is she amateur doing this for fun? Does this for work?

This is why workstation builds are hard to recommend and people here generally avoid these threads. There is a HUGE difference between a professional looking a a Tesla/Quadro + dual xeon rendering build, vs a casual person who wants a everyday use rig that can do some photoshop on the side, and game once in a while.
May 25, 2010 10:33:47 PM

Transmaniacon, banthracis,

thanks for the replies.

banthracis, to answer your questions, she's somewhere in the middle of amateur and professional. I would label it as extreme hobbyist. If you can imagine a standard 15 year old WoW geek playing 8 hours a day, she does that with Photoshop and Illustrator. She's just getting into After Effects. She doesn't game, and has no desire to start.

I wasn't aware of CUDA until this thread, so I'll have to look into it a bit more. Thanks for the tip!
May 26, 2010 1:41:34 AM

Yea, if she ever wants to go pro she's gonna learn to love CUDA.

Next thing you know you'll be buying her $1500 tesla's =P
June 8, 2010 3:02:21 PM

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