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~$1500 Gaming/Photoshop Build

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November 2, 2010 12:23:44 PM

I am looking to build a ~$1500 Gaming/Photoshop Build. Ill start by saying that part of this ~$1500, I would like to have part of the price cover a 24" monitor. I am really new to computer builds, so I apologize for being a noob compared to most on here.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: ~$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Photoshop/Illustrator

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Speakers, earphones

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg is all I know of (if there are better suggestions, open to advice)

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Prefer intel

Overclocking: Not a chance, dont feel comfortable doing this on my first build

SLI or Crossfire: In the distant future, but like the idea of having the option

Monitor Resolution: 24" (open to suggestions)
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I've done a lot of reading, but a lot of this computer building language is still very new to me, but I am trying to learn.

I do like the looks of this case and have heard good things about it


I have heard lots of good things about the HD5870/HD6870

Would like an I7 processor, but not sure exactly which one

Considering Raid 0 for HHD as SSD are still extremely pricey and I am on a budget

How much RAM is overkill? Considering getting 6 to 12GB. I will be rendering things in photoshop/illustrator and wonder if extra RAM would come in handy.
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As mentioned...any advice is greatly appreciated.
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November 2, 2010 2:26:42 PM

here you go:

Samsung 24.6" monitor 1920x1080, $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
there are cheaper 23" models, but the only other 24" model was $1200

AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 motherboard, USB3, SATA3, and a 16x/8x PCI-e ports: $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
solid with USB 3 and SATA 3, and it does 8x/8x.

Seasonic OEM 650W 80+ Bronze PSU: $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(you have to supply your own power cord)

2 sets of G.Skill 4 GB DDR3-1333 dual Channel (2x2GB) kits, total 8 GB: $119.98 (59.99 ea)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X6 Thuban 1075T (3.0 GHz): $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
solid enough, and the best overclocking model of the X6s.
comes with a $40 gift card, too.

Mushkin Callisto 60 GB SSD: $127.99 plus $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As good as the OCZ Vertex 2 or Intel X25, but cheaper

Antec 300 Illusion + Liteon 24x DVD burner: $86.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Seagate 1TB HDD (model 7200.12) and 2 XFX HD6850 videocards: $434.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
a full crossfire setup which Adobe should take advanatge of.

$1479.89 total.
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