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Is this system adequate for CS5??

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June 16, 2010 3:52:11 AM

I am building a computer for CS5 Suite and budget is small and I am hoping to elicit advice. We will use at a minimum: Premiere, Photoshop, and a little After effects, and??? I want to go as cheap as I can go and have decent performance. The system will be used for hobby, not work; however I don't want a snail machine either.This is the system I am looking at putting together and your advice is appreciated:

$105 AMD Phenom X4 Processor 9650 2.3GHz AM2
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$85 AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz

$70 Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H Motherboard - AMD 785G, ATI Hybrid CrossFireX, PCIe 2.0, USB 2.0, RAID, HDMI, DVI, VGA

$65 EVGA nVidia GeForce GT 220 1 GB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Exp

$79 Corsair XMS2 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory

$185 INTEL SSDSA2MH080G2 X25-M 80GB SSD SATA 3.0 Gen 2 MLC

$70 Samsung Spinpoint HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA

$100 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software

$450 CS5 Suite (student edition)

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June 16, 2010 1:53:35 PM

I'd go with the 630. I'll also point out that you should really consider getting a AM3 board (not AM3/AM2+) and DDR3. The AM2 sockets and DDR2 are old tech. I'd get a Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 and G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

Definitely drop the SSD. It's completely unnecessary. Use the extra to get a X4 955 ($160) and the above.
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June 16, 2010 1:59:06 PM

Yeah an ssd really isn't for a budget like this
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June 16, 2010 2:44:35 PM

Thank you for your help! I ordered the 955 and scratched the ssd!
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June 16, 2010 2:49:42 PM

Best answer selected by mikeysp.
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