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November 8, 2010 4:04:14 PM

Dear gurus!
My old laptop died, but I have decided that I am not looking for a new laptop, but rather a desktop to replace it's main functions: Photo editing and gaming.
For portability needs I'm covered by my netbook.

I've decided to go with the HP ZR24w for monitor; now I just need the rest of the hardware.

I've heard someone say that the i5-760 is the best deal for photo editing - but I don't know if that includes AMD-processors?
I've also heard that it's easier to calibrate monitors with AMD/ATI graphic cards, is that true?

My PC will need to do the following:
- Organize and edit 30 gigs of images, mainly RAW (Lightroom)
- Edit TIFF and PSD files, 150-200 mb (Photoshop CS5)
- Light to medium gaming - Sacred 2 is the most demanding game right now, but I would love to be able to play more later.

Please give me some ideas to the best possible set-up, which can do the above, and is no more than 1700$ (MAX, it would be nice if it can be achieved for less).

Best regards

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November 8, 2010 8:08:39 PM

Thank you very much!
I don't know what $900AR means - what does the AR stand for?

How about an equivalent Intel setup, what would that be?
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November 9, 2010 3:30:47 AM

AR = After Rebate :p 

You are welcomed ^^
November 9, 2010 5:07:18 AM

batuchka said:
AR = After Rebate :p 

You are welcomed ^^

Aaaaah, that makes sense.
I would probably have to pay more for my parts, as taxes in Denmark are ridicilously high - 25% VAT.

Also rebates aren't that common in Denmark either, so the price will be higher.