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December 31, 2010 10:42:33 AM

I am now retired and considering the following system primarily for consumer digital photo and video editing hobby using Adobe Photoshop Elements and cyberlink's Power Director and the like. Budget is approx $1 000. No O/C though some limited gaming is possible. Are the following compatable?

M/B Gigabyte GA 890GPA UD3H http://gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3516... ($140)

RAM - 8 GB DDR3 1333 (2 X 4 GB) Mushkin Silverline http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2... ($70) (given the virtual identical price of 1333 and 1600 Ram, retailer appears to be focusing on 1600 RAM in Mushkin line) - Is there merit in using 1600 Ram

CPU - Phenom 11 X4 955 BE ($135)

DVD (not Blu-Ray) - Sony (Sata) ($15)

H/D - WD Caviar Black 1 TB ($90)

Above order placed but being held for back order on DVD/Memory. Changes can be made for another week or so. Above totals $450 including delivery but before tax.


The following remain TBD but suggestions would be very much appreciated.
PSU - thinking of ANTEC 550/600 watts or possibly integrated unit

Case - again Antec - any suggestions for mid-tower possibly Sonata Plus 550 w/PSU http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjE= or one of their gaming cases (better air flow) http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?Family=NA==

Video - 512 MB to 1 GB - prefer ATI (or licensee i.e Sapphire etc) and suggestions as to what would fit the space on the MB. MB has 256 MG integrated.

Monitor - looking at LG 2442PA-BF http://en.kioskea.net/guide/1164771-lg-w2442pa-bf-black

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December 31, 2010 12:38:32 PM

for a photo and light video editing system based on your parts and budget.. i'd go with this:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...
- Antec Sonata III /w 500w Antec PSU: $100

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
- Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H: $105 -> you can save $35 with this board.. still has the sata6/usb3. the board you selected has the capability of going 2 x video cards in sli/crossfire... something you don't need

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...
- Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4GHz: $165 -> with the money you saved on the motherboard.. and also since you're not overclocking... you may as well get the faster CPU @ 3.4ghz

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
- G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1333 8GB (2x4GB): $88 -> (your RAM link was for a 4gb kit)

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: $110

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...
- Sony DVDRW drive: $20

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...
- Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm 64mb cache sata3: $90

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...
- Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB /w Eyefinity: $120 -> great value here... you'll be able to connect up to 3 x monitors at a time (great for video editing + multi-tasking) and even casually game on it too

total: $798

that leaves you enough money for a good 1920x1080 monitor... go with an ASUS brand at around 23"-24"
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