New Build - 600$-700$ Budget

Hi Everyone,
First time poster long time reader here. After 10 years of running the same PC (upgraded some components a few times) it's time for me to purchase a new PC. As the years have gone by, I've been doing a lot less with my PC and it's probably due to the fact that it's slowed down a lot. I mainly use my computer for photo editing (Photoshop, Illustrator), listening to music or videos online and just browsing the net. However, with this new build of mine, I would love to have the ability to do a bit of video recording via webcam to start and maybe more as time goes on. Here are my specs.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: 600$-700$ after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Picture Editing, Watching Movies, Recording Videos, Surfing Web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca or ncix.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: No preference what so ever

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: All I want is that the PC runs smooth, fast and is quiet.

Thanks for your help guys!

Derek
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  1. Waiting until Q1 next year would be best, it is a massive overhual of CPUs from both AMD and Intel. But obviously you might not be able to wait that long though you will get much better value.

    If your not gaming then your budget is rather high so you can afford something which will last you a while.

    ASUS M4A88T-M + Phenom II X6 1055T $270
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.537783

    Antec 300 Illusion + Windows 7 64 bit $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-129-066

    Mushkin 4GB 1333MHz $68
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092

    Antec Earthwatts 430W $31
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

    Samsung F3 1TB $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    DVD Writer $22
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    Total: $631

    Not sure if you needed Windows or not.

    Theres something to look at.
  2. This is a very well built quiet case with a very good 80+ PSU that with this combo comes with a free DVD/CD burner:

    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
    LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514369
    Combo Discount: -$17.00
    Combo Price: $119.98

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.534197
    Combo Discount: -$25.00
    Combo Price: $209.98

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.409683
    Combo Discount: -$5.00
    Combo Price: $84.98

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996781
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514568
    Combo Discount: -$15.00
    Combo Price: $204.98

    Subtotal: $619.92

    Now, you can choose to use the HD4290 onboard graphics which will do just fine for what you want. However, Photoshop and Illustrator would benefit from dedicated graphics memory.

    You can add a HD5670 GPU which is not only great for HD video but would give you some boost to Photoshop/Illustrator and it uses just the power on the PCI bus.

    XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150467
    $99.99 before $20 MIR

    Subtotal: $719.91 - $20.00 rebate = $699.91 + tax & shipping

    You've got some budget leftover if you need an add'l HDD for more storage.
  3. ^ Nice build, but am afraid, he wont be able to take advantage of it as he is from Canada...
    Here is a build from newegg.ca
    CPU - 1055T
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103851

    Mobo + OS
    Gigabyte 880G + Win 7
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.533865

    Mushkin 8GB DDR3 - If photo editing frequently, then the 8GB would be a very good addition
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095

    Antec 300 Illusion
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    Corsair 400CX - Can handle even HD 5750 and such so it would suffice...
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    Samsung F3 1TB
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    DVD
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Total - ~$757 | ~$737 After rebates...
  4. The OP said "newegg.com" for parts though this obviously might have been a mistake.

    I think 8GB of RAM is overkill for the OPs needs as he does not seem to be a very hardcore photoshopper. Though I might be wrong but if your not sure if you need the 8GB I'd suggest just getting 4GB then upgrading if you need it.
  5. Yeah, a couple of things I was confused by was the title says $600-$700 but the first post says $700-$800 and it says location Canada but websites newegg.com and ncix.com.

    Especially when it's on sale the Antec Sonata III 500 is my favorite ATX case. Everyone is always blown away by how absolutely silent it is. It has a really nice look too.
  6. My bad guys! Sorry for all the confussion I noticed I messed everything all up in my post. However, I live close enough to the border to go and pick it up in the US if it's really worth it. As for what I'm willing to pay 800$ is the absolute max wit taxes, shipping and after all the rebates so go with that.

    So far I've liked the builds but how will the system perform using the motherboards graphic card only?
  7. If its just a work computer it should be fine with the integrated graphics if its a recent one. Older chips may not cut it.
  8. kureme said:
    If its just a work computer it should be fine with the integrated graphics if its a recent one. Older chips may not cut it.


    Thanks! Just goes to show you that I really don't know much about PC's anymore. Your help is much appreciated.
  9. Dougie Fresh said:
    Yeah, a couple of things I was confused by was the title says $600-$700 but the first post says $700-$800 and it says location Canada but websites newegg.com and ncix.com.

    Especially when it's on sale the Antec Sonata III 500 is my favorite ATX case. Everyone is always blown away by how absolutely silent it is. It has a really nice look too.


    If the case is really as silent as you state it my girlfriend will love you for it! :) She is really tired of hearing that buzzing sound coming from my PC.
  10. Spezza_Fan said:
    If the case is really as silent as you state it my girlfriend will love you for it! :) She is really tired of hearing that buzzing sound coming from my PC.


    My brother's wife was the same before I built him a PC with that case. Their office is silent now.

    Kind of an old review but lots of pics and comments: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Antec/Sonata_III/1.html
  11. As said if your not gaming the IGP will be fine.

    As shone by our builds $800 is not required to get loads of performance.

    Mine and gkays builds are basically the same though his is from newegg.ca and has 8GB of RAM. Without the 8GB of RAM it costs around $670 which is only $40 more then mine so its probably the way to go. Isn't there a difference in your your dollars as well?

    If you want the Antec Sonata III 500 swap out gkays Antec 300 for it and go with his build and decide if you need the 8GB of RAM. I don't think you will require it.

    [EDIT]
    I might add that I really don't like the look of the Antec Sonata III 500, it looks like a crappy OEM case. Its also largely more expensive then the 300. The 300 has fan controls so you can lower their speed which makes it very quiet.
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