It's been about 3 years since I built my current machine... which was a mid level type build at that time (Abit I35 Pro, E6550, 8800GTS, Antec 900, OCZ600SXS 600W psu) . I have a few parts I can use to save a little bit. I plan on moving most of my current parts into another case I have and upgrading a friend from an old eMachine Athlon 3200+.

I am looking for recommendations, based on the info below, as to which way I should be looking for this build. I am not uptodate on which parts are good and which to stay away from. Any help to get me started would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


BUDGET RANGE: $1000 or less.... If I can get comparable performance while spending less going one way or another, that's fine.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photoshop and illustrator design, wow (no extreme gaming), general browsing and streaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case (antec900), keyboard, mouse, 2x 22" monitors, design tablet

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Fry's (store nearby)



SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe ... not sure I would need to this at all. Wow is not a demanding gaming, but I am unsure if PS/Ill are more processer or gpu driven.. I am guessing processor.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I currently use 1440x900... unsure of monitor max res.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I also have an nVidea 8800GTS, and a Seagate Barracuda 500GB HD I could reuse if needed. I will also need an OS... I am guessing Windows 7 (32 or 64?) would be a major upgrade from the Vista I have been using.
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  1. Here's a $1,000 workstation build with a i7-860 and a GTX 260. 8 threads and CUDA.

    OPtical $19

    F3 500gb $55

    GTX 460 1gb $230

    Ripjaw 1600 cas 7 $95 w/ promo code

    Antec 902 and Earthwatts 650 $145 w/ $20 MIR

    i7-860 and Asus p7p55D-E pro $453

    Total: $999 including shipping before $20 rebate
  2. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

    Is an i7 build needed for my uses, or would an i5 or Phenom work as well?

    I won't be needing a case, and I will need an OS, so those costs can be flipped.

    I also have a spare 500gb, but from looking at the one posted, I might get it instead, and put the old one in the used parts build for my friend.
  3. Oops, totally missed case part. I recommend a new HD if you haven't gotten a recent one, as the 500gc platter drives like the F3 offer a significant performance advantage over old 250 gb platter drives.

    You can grab this optical/psu combo and then the OS.

    If you're a student grab the student deal off
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