Good time of day
I would like to ask you, experienced tech guys (and girls), for some help in choosing low cost (700$-800$) workstation (photoshop, illustrator, indesign). Up to 1k $ with quality monitor (samsung/lg). No gaming for me.
Looking for balanced rig that won't blow my budget...
Almost sure in:
HDD - WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA III WD1002FAEX
Case - Antec Three Hundred
PSU - Corsair VX 450W
CPU Cooler - Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 (any other ideas?)
DVD - Asus DRW-22B2S DVD±RW x22 (or shall i prefer LG/Samsung/Pioneer/Optiarc ?)
Have no idea:
Monitor - any Samsung/LG/other LED display (really lost here...)
CPU - Intel or AMD? Dual core or more? Will i3 be best for me with new integrated GPU or shall i buy an older one?
Motherboard - depending on the platform : Gigabyte or Asus ...
RAM - 4gb ddr3 @ 1600 or to buy more memory but slower?
GPU - shall i get one at all? will i benefit from it? ( web browsing, few HD videos and graphic design)
Sorry for being so unspecific in my request, but i really don't know what CPU i have to start with...
You don't need a graphics card for a workstation, nor do you need a $300 quad core, so i5 is out.
Your best off going with a AMD x2 with mobo that has integrated graphics such as 880G or i3 with H55 motherboard. 4gb of 1333 memory. Pretty much all monitors have a 3yr warranty so stick with Samsung, Acer, Asus, Dell, Viewsonic, etc.
Gigabyte and Asus both make excellent motherboards. Personally I would go with i3 and H55. Hope this helps.
Thank you guys for the answers!
I am really afraid to pick i3 - too bad experience with low level Intel products in the past... Although i5 with its 4 cores seems too much for me, since 90% of the time i wont use it.