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~ $1000 Photoshop/design computer

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November 24, 2010 7:58:23 PM

My wife is a graphic designer, her old Dell just isn't going to cut it anymore. We'd like to get her a new system for her design work. We probably won't do very much gaming on it, certainly no new or fancy games, but we would want this to be able to run some decent games as well. Anyway, on to the proper format:

Approx. Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks

Budget Range: ~$1000 (build shown is $1100, looking to trim that down)

System Usage: Photoshop, possibly video editing, light gaming

Parts not required: none, we'll need to buy the whole thing

Preferred websites: amazon or newegg

Additional comments: I've built and overclocked a computer before, I'm not really afraid of anything in that regard, but I am out of the loop and I want to make sure I'm not getting something overkill in one area and not good enough in another.

CPU: Phenom II X6 1090T ($229)

Motherboard: ASRock 890fx Deluxe 3 ($149.99)

Monitor: ViewSonic 22-inch LED ($159.00)

Case: Sonata Elite (93.99)

Graphics Card: Radeon HD 5670 (79.99)

PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650W (69.99)

HD: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Green (62.99)

Memory: 8 GB (2x4) G Skill DDR3 1333 (89.99)

Optical Drive: Samsung Blu-Ray (69.99)

Keyboard: Microsoft Curve 2000 (15.93)

Mouse: Logitech optical mouse (12.46)

Speakers: Logitech 17W 2.1 (27.99)

Total: 1063.09 ( shipping)

We have amazon prime, so most of the shipping will be free. Anyway, let me know if this looks good, un-balanced, or overkill. Thanks!
November 25, 2010 1:54:10 PM

Thanks for the reply! I went with the Sonata Elite based almost entirely on looks, (this computer is going to be mostly for my wife). Is there a case with good airflow that has more of a smooth look like the Sonata? Also, how much would the Sonata airflow hurt me in this system? Thanks for the input!
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November 25, 2010 3:26:49 PM

ndaman said:
My wife is a graphic designer, her old Dell just isn't going to cut it anymore...

Monitor: ViewSonic 22-inch LED ($159.00)

Wow, you wife is a graphics designer and you wanna buy a cheap LCD monitor using a TN panel? TN panels are known for inaccurate colors and poor viewing angles.
November 25, 2010 5:36:39 PM

Hehe, I know nothing about monitors, I thought I was going with something good with the LED back-lights. I'm not set on that size either, I don't really know how big of a monitor she'll need. Any recommendations for a better monitor that isn't too much more?
November 25, 2010 6:13:38 PM
November 25, 2010 7:38:40 PM

Thanks for the great tips! I did a quick update on Newegg and came up with this:

Case: Lian Li lancool PCK85W (79.99)

Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor (159.99) **Is this any better than the other? The Dell Monitor was about double the price, how much of a difference will it make?

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD5670 (79.99)

Speakers: Logitech S-220 17W 2.1 (27.99)

Memory: G-Skill 2x4 GB (89.99)

Optical Drive: Samsung BLU-RAY Combo drive (69.99)

PSU: Corsair 650W ATX 12V (*combo, see next)

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB 7200 RPM (139.98 combo w/ prev.)

Keyboard/Mouse Combo: Microsoft Curve 2000, Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical (23.98)

CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1075T (combo)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-880GA (294.99)

Total: 980.43 (shipped, plus $50 MIR, and a $20 gift card)

How's that? I really appreciate all the great tips, any suggestions on a monitor? The one here is pretty cheap, I'd like to keep it under $250, but if I understood the necessity a bit better, $320 for that Dell Monitor wouldn't be too bad.

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November 25, 2010 8:59:57 PM
November 26, 2010 12:37:24 AM

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November 26, 2010 6:21:22 AM

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