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July 15, 2010 12:46:52 PM

Hello!

I am looking for a new pre-built system (preferably from Newegg.com) to run Adobe Creative Suite at a decent speed. I spend a lot of time editing photos as I am a photographer and need a system that will convert large quantities of image files quickly. Decent storage is desirable but I have several external HDs so not mandatory. I want it to be capable of running 3 monitors at once (minimum 2, which any machine can do). Looking to spend $600-$700 on machine only. Prefered brand is CyberPower since they do not pre-fill your hard drives with crap-ad software. Any advice would be great. Thanks!

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July 15, 2010 1:16:37 PM

Hello Bumperpants;
On the NewEgg website the system that looked best in your price range was this:
iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 563D3 Phenom II X4 965(3.4GHz) 4GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 and 500GB HDD $700

You can also use the CyberPowerPC website to configure your own system: http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/AMD_Quad_Core_Configurator/
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July 19, 2010 8:18:57 PM

I have been running back and forth comparing things all day. I bought this system a months or 2 ago and it runs like a dream:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was wondering about the processors- Overall the Phenom 965 has a higher benchmark than the 630 but when you do a side by side comparison the 630 runs Adobe applications better - or I may just be reading the chart wrong. Any advice since my new machine will be dedicated to photo processing?

Also, does the amt of RAM make a big difference? I was looking at this machine too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know the video card is crap but I am not sure about the 925 processor as I cant find how it benchmarks on the charts. Is the 8 GIG of RAM a good trade for the video? Remember, Adobe, not games. I already have my gaming machine. :D 

*Sigh* - too many choices.
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July 19, 2010 8:43:32 PM

WR2 said:
Hello Bumperpants;
On the NewEgg website the system that looked best in your price range was this:
iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 563D3 Phenom II X4 965(3.4GHz) 4GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 and 500GB HDD $700

You can also use the CyberPowerPC website to configure your own system: http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/AMD_Quad_Core_Configurator/




CyberPowerPC is great if you want to spend $400 extra for no reason on crappy components that aren't matched to each other.
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July 19, 2010 8:53:59 PM

Bumperpants said:
Overall the Phenom 965 has a higher benchmark than the 630 but when you do a side by side comparison the 630 runs Adobe applications better - or I may just be reading the chart wrong.
Having buyer's remorse?
Almost certainly that benchmark would have been one of the "Lower is Better" charts.
Athlon II X4 630 2.8Ghz vs Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz benchmarks 965 is 25% faster in Adobe Photoshop4 chart.

Athlon II X4 630 2.8Ghz vs Phenom II X4 920 2.8Ghz benchmarks It's not the X4 925 but it should be 'close enough'. The 925 has the same 2.8Ghz clock speed but has a lower 95watt TDP, 400Mhz higher system bus speed and a few other tweaks (like being an AM3 part vs 920 AM2+).

8GB RAM is useful and so is a fast HDD. But I think I'd rather have a 3.4Ghz CPU and 4GB RAM than a 2.8Ghz CPU and 8GB RAM. And you can easily add more RAM later. A CPU upgrade isn't quite so easy, and you have to toss 1 CPU out of the system entirely.
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July 19, 2010 10:32:00 PM

Just spend a few bucks more for a real system that will do everything you want and be much more future proof. Every part from Newegg.com

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 2.66GHz Quad-Core CPU $194.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $98.99
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-768I GeForce GTX 460 $199.00
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit $99.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB $109.00
Chassis: Cooler Master HAF 922 $80.00
DVD Burner: LITE-ON Black 24X $23.99

Total: $995.94

This all costs $1467.00 from Cyber Power PC using the exact same components... so your paying almost $500 to have some kid put it together for you.
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December 7, 2010 4:04:59 PM

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