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Building a Graphic Designer PC. Any Suggestions and Critiques?

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July 22, 2010 1:17:06 AM

I wanted to build my own pc since it will save me money. I Will mainly use it for Digital(Art) Sofware such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Gimp, Dreamweaver. Those kind of programs. Also just surfing the web. No gaming for me. I will leave that job to my Playstation 3.

These are the specs i have chosen.

1.MSI 770-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2.AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor HDZ720WFK3DGI - OEM ($104.00 )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3.SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card ($55.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4.Kingston ValueRAM 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K3/3G ($76.99 )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5.LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM ($19.99 )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6.Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM ($99.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7.Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM ($39.99)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

8.Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with 450-Watt Power Supply ($39.99)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

This is all i looked at. I tried to keep it below $500 but i believe i went over
by about $40 or so.

If i am forgettting anything please let me know. I am a total loser when it comes to Pc's. *i won't be needing Keyboard/monitor/mouse.

Also, if you guys ave any suggestions as to how i can lower the price, for example, picking a cheaper Video Card that will still do the job or links to where these items are sold cheaper, i would aprreciate it a tons.
July 22, 2010 1:44:37 AM

You have selected triple channel memory designed for Intel builds.

You want a 2x2GB kit of DDR3 1333 with a latency of 8 or 7.

You also should have the 64-bit version of Win 7.

The PSU in the case is entirely unacceptable. Please see the link in my sig for the PSU guide. There are very few case/PSU combos that will work for you, but here are a few:

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

Save money here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Or here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Or here is some separate parts:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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