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June 21, 2011 5:18:43 PM

Hello! I'm sorry if I'm posting a thread in the wrong area, but I'm new to this. Though I do have a question...a very general question. I'm looking for a desktop pc that could be built so that I could have edit photos and save photos very quickly and efficiently (without having to wait for my slow computer to load photoshop).

I literally have no idea where to start. I've been browsing ''build your own pc" websites, but I don't understand a lot of the terminology. Also, I'm not quite sure what amount of memory or whatnot I need for my editing to be optimal.

If someone could PLEASE recommend components for building my own pc for photo editing, and what each component's purpose is, that would be SO helpful :) 

Thanks Y'all
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June 21, 2011 5:31:57 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

Q - Professional or Personal use?
Q - Total Budget?
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June 21, 2011 5:45:28 PM

Well, I'm looking to get into the semi-professional. So, it's not just personal use....daily use of photoshop, and weekly upload of 1000+photos and editing.

Budget---under $1000
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June 21, 2011 5:46:01 PM

But, Ideally, I'd like to keep it to $500....I'm not sure how much that is asking for, or if $500 can even get me anything....but just let me know! Thanks!
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June 21, 2011 6:29:23 PM

Hmm for $500 -> http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Back_To_School_2011/

$220 i5-2500K - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 ASRock Z68 PRO3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$86 COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79 SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$195 EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB {10 yr warranty} http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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$775

HSF for OC {optional}:
$40 Scythe SCMG-2100 {if you can find one}
$50 CM Hyper 212 Plus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
High performance:
$70 Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70 Corsair H60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 21, 2011 11:55:46 PM

Well, for $500 for photoshop, it'll be hard but I'll give it a try. I'll be assuming you require everything inside the case, I'm not sure if you need an OS, monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse...etc. For the 500 i'll just list parts that go inside the case. Im not sure what exactly you need so I tried to keep balance between speed, from the SSD, a gpu that isn't powerful but supports latest standards like opengl and DX11, a reasonable cpu/mobo w/ USB3/Sata3 support. You can get more powerful hardware probably and save money on the mobo but I think I got the cheapest usb3/sata3 mobo from an okay brand.


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July 2, 2011 2:02:58 AM

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