Judge my part picks - design work system upgrade

Hey All,
I've been working to put together a parts list to upgrade my work computer, would love to hear everyone's thoughts:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: couple weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 +- a little

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, graphics tablet/mouse,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, but open

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: most familiar with Intel CPUs, Gigabyte MoBos,

OVERCLOCKING: No, but Maybe Slightly if I get brave

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 / 60 Hz (max of my current monitor)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: looking for a cool/quiet machine, that handles multitasking from photoshop, flash, illustrator, dreamweaver, etc. Case can't be more than 19" deep. I've listed what I'm looking at so far below:


Case: quiet & cool, must be no more than 19" deep
- Antec 300 or Antec Solo

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: 6GB max, will add on later if needed.
- CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9

CPU: unsure - don't know much about the i3-7 CPUs now, but this looked strong...
- Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

Graphics Card: not looking for a gaming card, but a solid card for work performance:
- ATI 100-505606 FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
- Other??

CPU Cooler:
- ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Thanks folks, it's been a while since I've research parts so I appreciate the help.
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  1. why are u getting a cpu cooler u will overclock ur sistem???... abaut that ati card idk what to tell u... the other things are ok
  2. Thanks Juanchioo for the feedback

    I've had issues with past machines getting hot (case sits in a vented desk cabinet but still holds heat in) so I replace the stock CPU cooler with an aftermarket and it's kept things running well.

    I know most people on here probably go after the hot gaming cards, so I'm probably in the minority looking for a workstation graphics card, if anybody has experience with these types of cards, I'd be glad to hear it.
  3. ... u just need a case with good airflow... say me a budget for cases and i will recomend u some
  4. A few things u should know about SATA/USB 3.0 tech and mobos as shown by our very own forums here
    USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,2583.html
    Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI...
    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-sandy-bridge-details-of-the-next-gen/
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