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Anonymous
September 27, 2010 1:08:26 PM

Hi,
I'm looking to build a new computer at around $500-$700
It will be used mainly for design studies assignments: Adobe Photoshop, Illustartor, In-Design, Premiere and After-Effects CS4/CS5, and also home usage (MS office, video, music etc.)
It will be running win7 64bit.
I understand CUDA support can improve performance in CS4/CS5 and I'd like to use that.

What do you think of this spec?

CPU: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mother Board: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $107.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $77.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ZOTAC ZT-20201-10L GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - $78.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W ATX12V V2.3/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan: Cooler Master Intel Core i5 compatible Hyper TX3 Socket 775/1156/AMD 130W 92mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $586.93
Before tax and shipping

Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
As I'm on a tight budget, I'd like to get the most out of it :) 

Thanks
Edo

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September 27, 2010 4:22:55 PM

Looks like you actually did a pretty good job of selecting fairly decent stuff. If this fits your budget, I would recommend you proceed. Others will tweak your build, but that process can drag on endlessly with someone always having a better idea or deal for you. You did good. Move out. HOOAH!!!
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Anonymous
September 28, 2010 11:41:45 AM

Thanks for you replies.

I had an idea to go with AMD, instead of Intel:

CPU: $195.99 - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ~$90 (out of stock at newegg) - GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.xpcgear.com/gigabyte-ga-ma785gmt-ud2h.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will it have a better performance?
I'm not going to use SLI/CF or any king of OC.
Anonymous
October 5, 2010 9:35:59 AM

Hi,
Where I'll buy the computer, there's a ~$25 difference between i5 760 and i5 750 CPU.
Is the difference between them significant?
Would the 750 be enough?

Thanks!
October 5, 2010 3:00:24 PM

^go with the 750, you can oc the cpu very well.
October 5, 2010 3:03:44 PM

Be careful on chasing the next good deal or you will never buy/build anything. There is always a better deal tomorrow and tomorrow never gets here.

Enjoy! Good luck!!!
October 5, 2010 9:23:17 PM

I would check to see if the software you plan to use can take advantage of a six-core CPU. I would say it's unlikely. You could save some money with a quad-core and a better graphics card and get better performance. Again, a lot depends on what your software can take advantage of.

For instance, maybe take your original build and go with the Zotac GT 240 for a few dollars more?
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