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Help with New Build - not sure what I need...

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September 26, 2010 5:35:22 AM

I am looking to build a new desktop to replace my 2005 laptop. I intend to use it for normal stuff and Photoshop editing (CS4 amateur, not for business), no gaming.
I'd like to keep costs down, but I'm thinking around $700 would be good, but that includes a monitor and Win 7.
I would like suggestions for the components . I'll list some that I was thinking about, but any input would be greatly appreciated (most of the stuff below is priced from Newegg, except the monitor, OS and case).

Monitor: 21.5" Dell U231H-, IPS panel $210
Win7: $91
Processor: Athlon II x3 445 - $78
Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE - $65
RAM: GSkillz NS 4GB (2x2gb)DDR3 -$73
Graphics Card: [I have no idea about this.../ no gaming]
Hard Drive: WD 640GB 7200rpm -$60
Case: Antec 300 -$56
Power Supply: CoolerMaster USP100 -$30
DVD Burner: $20 Lite On

$683 + video card

Thanks for your help.

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September 26, 2010 3:49:08 PM

Links would be REALLY nice

CPU Athlon II x4
More cores, better performance with your Photoshop.

Motherboard ASUS M4A88TD-M W/ USB 3.0 and Sata III
Cheap, nice board

RAM G.skill ECO
Some nice G.Skill Eco With 7-8-7-24 1600Mhz

Hard Drive Spinpoint F3 1TB
Faster than caviar black and cheaper. Also 1TB of storage

Graphics Card AMD Radeon 5450
Get a graphics card so you can add another monitor later (it really helps productivity)
$30.78 After Rebate

Power Supply Seasonic 400w
Cheap and a great brand. Enough for your system

Cheap, works

Case/OS Cooler Master Elite 341/Windows 7
>>>>>>Subtotal: $623.70<<<<<<

Now just add a monitor and it will be ~$750

You can also get the HAF 912 (great airflow and cable management) for $60 off newegg

September 26, 2010 4:15:55 PM

Thanks, that's super helpful.
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September 26, 2010 11:10:06 PM

Any questions? Happy to help here :) 
September 26, 2010 11:11:22 PM

Combos to cheapen it up:

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL7 Desktop Memory
$149 after a $20 rebate

GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$169 with promo code MBTEN923

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified Modular Power Supply
Lite-On 24X DVD Burner (Retail)
$52 after a $20 rebate

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB Video Card
$31 after a $10 rebate

Total (including shipping):
$496 after $50 in rebates