Will This Computer Work For CS5?

I am building a computer for CS5 Suite and budget is small and I am hoping to elicit advice. I want to go as cheap as I can go and have decent performance. The system will be used for hobby and learning; however I don't want a snail machine either.


BUDGET RANGE: approximately $700 I am a little flexible, but I would prefer to stay here.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: System will be mostly dedicated to running the CS5 Suite (Photoshop, Premiere, and a little After Effects). I will use our current system for non cs5 work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers








Here is the system I am considering building and would appreciate any advice.

AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz


AMD Phenom X4 Processor 9650 2.3GHz AM2+


Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H

11-Bay ATX Mid Tower Window Computer Case w/500W

Samsung Spinpoint HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB SATA


Corsair XMS2 4GB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory Upgrade - 2x2048MB

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

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English

Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, IDE (OEM)

Other thoughts and Questions: I am not so much concerned about future expandability as I am about budget. If the system gives a few years of service operating CS5 I will be satisfied.

Thank you for your help. -Michael
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    ^ Not a good idea to skimp on the PSU quality and also DDR2 ?? I dont think that is a good idea...
    Here are some suggestions...

    CPU + Mobo
    X4 635 + Gigabyte 770 with SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0

    GSKillz 4GB DDR3

    CASE - Any decent ATX -

    PSU + Graphics card
    OCZ 550W - 80+ Certified + EVGA GT240

    HDD + Free SATA

    Rest same...But do you really need a SSD now ?? If you ask me, I would rather spend that money now on some better hardware and later on get a SSD as a upgrade...
  2. Great! Thank you for the advice. I intend to head it. I have been reading around sites and people recommend the SSDs, so I had thought it would be an important tool for speed; however, I think I will do as you said and wait until I have a greater need for it. Thank you again! -Michael
  3. ^ If you want a SSD, maybe a smaller one for now and later on, add 1 more in RAID, that would offer very good speed...

    And maybe a better CPU ?? High stock speeds and is very easy to overclock if you feel the need...
    X4 955
  4. gkay, I just added the 955 AMD Combo to my shopping cart! Thanks. however, I don't think a 30GB SSD will hold Windows 7 and CS5 Production Suite. Win 7 needs 20GB and Premiere alone needs 10GB. Can you recommend something in the 65-80GB range? Thank you! -Michael
  5. ^ Well why not rather get 1 more 30GB in RAID, it comes to about the same price and in RAID, their performance would be better...and also OCZ SSDs support Garbage Collection that work with RAID drives too...So that wont be an issue...

    Or for now skip the SSD, and like I said later on get one...Also there are new SSDs on the horizon and anyways the prices would only fall...
  6. Good point. I will be fine without an SSD for a while. I wish I had discovered this forum a lot sooner! Good evening! -Michael
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  8. ^ Glad I could help... Good Luck...

    And if you could, get this case rather than a cheap one...would cost about $15 more but worth it...
    Antec 300
    10% off w/ promo code ANTHP10, ends 6/22
    Spending on cases and PSU is fine as these can be reused even in the later builds...
  9. gkay09, I added the Antek 300 to my cart and am about to checkout. I have two questions:

    1. I have seen a great difference in case prices since I have been searching and I don't understand why. The cheap one and the Antek look about identical. What does the Antek feature that the other doesn't?

    2. I was just reading the how to build a PC info on this forum and it said to get the arctic silver thermal compound, which I have added to my cart, but do I need to get anything else? Screws, mounting bracket for DVD or HDD or?

  10. ^
    1. Though identical in looks, differ in quality, construction and airflow...which is very important...
    Check this case...It has 2 more fans for even better airflow but would again cost $15 more though...ya I know I am increasing your budget again, but if you see 2 high quality fans for $15 is a very good deal...

    2. Dont get the AS5...It is electrically conductive so by chance if it falls on other components, can cause it to short...get any of these...Performance even better than AS5...

    And I dont think you would need any thing more...
    This might be needed for a safe installation...
  11. I am really very glad to have your help and I don't mind the few extra dollars to have a machine that performs well for my purposes. I cahnged the thermal compound. I will skip the wrist strap and just ensure I ground myself when working. I did notice that the price between a 512MB and 1GB GT240 graphic card is only about $25. Would it be a significant improvement in performance to get the 1GB? If so, is there a combo deal for the 1GB card with the PSU? -Michael
  12. ^ The GT 240 is not powerful enough to utilize 1GB of vRAM...512MB would suffice and also it is GDDR5, which is pretty fast...
  13. Well, I have just completed my order at for all the components. You have been way to kind! God bless you! -Michael
  14. ^ Glad I could help...
    Good Luck with your build...
  15. gkay09, I ordered all the parts and tomorrow arrives the last two items (power supply and RAM). I decided to get two of the 1TB Samsung F3 HDDs. My question is:

    Should I put WIN7 and Adobe CS5 on one and use the other for storage? I would have over 900GB of unused space on that HDD. should I partition or will that slow it down? Any other ideas are appreciated. What is your recommendation for configuration? Thank you again. -Michael
  16. ^ What are your plans for the SSD ??
    It might be a good idea to just have the WIN 7 and CS5 on 1 HDD for now.
    Reason - If you are planning for a SSD anytime soon, then you can easily clone the contents of this disk to the SSD, thereby saving lot of time...And also 1TB for storage should hold up till then dont you think ??
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