Graphic/Web Development Build

I've been putting this off for sometime now but I need a new set-up for graphic/web design. I do my works in Adobe Creative Suite 4 and do web coding projects. I don't game or do video editing so there isn't a need for a top-top-top of line set-up (considering I already do all my work on a 2007 MacBook Pro with a 1.83Ghz and 2GB of memory).

I'm hoping to have this build in a month and have somewhat a tight budget of up to $1,000. Freelancing haven't paid well yet so getting a Mac Desktop is out of the picture. I used to be a young computer builder but ever since I fell into the Mac side, haven't been in the building scene for a while. Keep in mind I will be building this from scratch with no leftover parts

I already have an idea of what I'm looking to get:

CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz

Motherboard: ASUS LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR2

Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT - Dual Monitors support is a MUST

Hard Drive: Samsung 500GB 7200RPM

Case: Cooler Master Elite RC-310-OWR460

CD/DVD Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer

Monitor: Acer 20" Widescreen LCD Monitors - Plan on getting two.
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  1. Hello, glad you've decided to leave the dark side.

    $1000 is a rather large budget, it certainly isn't tight. I'm not sure if the parts you've picked are filling that budget but as a guess I wouldn't think so. Your parts are old and I would prefer to do a newer build for you.

    CPU + Board $178:
    Athlon II X4 640 3GHz + Asus M4A88T-M

    Case + DVD $53 with $10 rebate:
    Antec 300 + Samsung DVD writer

    RAM $57 with $15 rebate:
    Mushkin 1333MHz 4GB 9-9-9-24

    HDD $75:
    Samsung F3 1TB

    PSU $40 with rebates and promo:
    Antec EA 430W

    I'm not sure about monitors so I'll use yours, you could go for 22" ones though.

    Monitor $240

    Total: $643

    Didn't include OS as you didn't
    You could swap the 1TB for a 500GB if you know you don't need it.
    The motherboards IGP supports 2 monitors

    I think this is the best PC for your work. It will have plenty of go yet is very cheap.

    Of course you could get a lot more with your large budget, though I don't think this is the best way. Even if you think you will need more performance in the future I would go with this one. This is because AMD and Intel are launching new CPUs and so in 6 months you would be able to pay 500 dollars and get something which will easily out perform a $1000 now PC.

    You could though get an SSD, have a read on them and decide if you want though maybe you just want to save the money.

    Hope that helps.
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