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Photography Rig $600-$800

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October 31, 2010 4:43:28 PM

Hi everyone!

I've used this site in before in order to build a decent i7 computer for gaming and found the feedback to be invaluable.

What I need to build now is another computer. This one will be used for photography (Photoshop/Lightroom/etc.). The budget for this computer is $600-$800. I am able to get Windows 7 Professional 64-bit for roughly $100. I need all new hardware: Tower, RAM, MB, Wireless Network Connection, CPU, PS, Fans, DVD ROM (with Lightscribe), SD Card Reader. I already have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Can you guys suggest a build that can fit in this price range and be able to work well with Photoshop? Is something like this even feasible on this type of budget?

Thanks in advance!
October 31, 2010 5:49:55 PM

Assuming you don't need a new monitor and that you are working with on-board graphics as well. Here is the list i gather for you.

Cpu Athlon II x4 3.1GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory G.Skill 2x2GB DDR3 1600 cas 9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo MSI 880G No sata3/usb3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU CM silentpro 600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD WD blue EALS 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card reader. I picked the nippon labs for the extra esta, but more or less
any will do TBH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Forgot u needed wifi on original post so those are listed at end with ~ pricing.


All of this w/o tax and approx 10~ shipping comes up to $497. Leaving about 100 for case and extra cooling etc.
If you would like me to toss together a mock up close to the 800$ range let me know in a reply.

Wireless adapter, one which i have used before. kinda expensive but does the trick fine even for bittorrent and wireless network transfer sharing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~ 25$
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October 31, 2010 11:25:56 PM

Nice. I'd be interested in seeing your $800 mock up, too.

Here is what I am thinking about for the video card, tower, DVD Drive, and SD card reader:

SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card ~ $49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case ~ $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate ~$15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM ~ $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 1, 2010 12:21:12 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb is the same cost as that WD drive but it is much faster (much is exaggeration but still it is faster) The WD only has 320gb platter size while the Spinpoint has a 500gb platter size, equaling to a faster overall drive. The other thing, currrently if you buy it now, it's 15$ off. So it's only 55$
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 1, 2010 12:25:34 AM

Also instead of that RAM although this ram is DDR3 1333 it's a lower Cas Latency that'll make it an overall faster memory. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And that mobo is garbage, it may be micro atx and fit your case, but in no way future proof your build as it has no USB 3 or Sata 6. For 5$ less you can get this mobo (Asrock may have bad rep, but there new boards have really come alive in budget builds for AMD) Plus it has USB 3 Sata 6 and although doesn't fit your case, another Mid-ATX case isn't going to be THAT much more expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not the best case but...
Cooler master is a solid brand. So it'll be a good case for a ATX build. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 1, 2010 11:11:08 PM

Would it be necessary to buy a heatsink for the Cpu Athlon II x4 3.1GHz?
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 1, 2010 11:16:47 PM

Depends, are you going to overclock?
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November 1, 2010 11:18:10 PM

I don't plan on it. I guess that means no.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 1, 2010 11:25:37 PM

Yep, I mean if your stock heatsink gets loud and you want a quieter one you can get one, or your CPU gets to hot. But on stock clocks it should get to hot, but it might get loud.
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