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600 $ build for 2D graphic work and some gaming - help needed

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May 20, 2011 11:58:05 AM

Hi guys!

I'm planning to replace my 7 year old config with a new one along the following specs:

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Approximate Purchase Date: within one month

Budget Range: about 600 $ taxes included

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2D graphic work (Photoshop and Painter), gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, screen, audio set

Parts Preferences: not really - I'm open for every solutions

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:
No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: Basically I want a setup on which Photoshop (and Painter) can smoothly handle at least A4 sized documents at 300 dpi resolution (Using a Wacom Bamboo Fun Medium tablet as input device) and my gf wants to play Dragon Age Origins on it - and some games with similar requirements.

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Parts already selected (Note: Nothing listed below are set in stone yet though I really like what I read about the MoBo and the CPU - and they are also in the price range I prefer, so the main question is which GPU to choose and what PSU will I need)

MoBo: MSI P67A-C45

CPU: Intel core i3-2100

GPU: The following three are all in my preferred price range - I'm hesitant which one to choose.
ATI Radeon™ HD 5570 (1GB)
ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 (1GB)
AMD Radeon™ HD 6670 (512 MB)

RAM: 3072 MB Kingston HyperX KHX DDR3

HD: Samsung 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB SATA2 HD322GJ

PSU: Still undecided. I'm not even sure which manufacturers' products worth buying and also don't know how much power would this system need (450W? 500W? even more?) One thing for sure: I'd rather opt for a less fancy GPU than spend much more than 100 $ on the PSU. So suggestions are needed very badly.

Case: Not sure either but that's the smallest problem imho. I don't want anything fancy.

What do you think?

May 20, 2011 1:04:39 PM
May 20, 2011 1:10:48 PM

MB - ASROCK H67 - $95 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - I3-2100 - $125 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM - 4GB GSKILL DDR3-1333 CL9 1.5v - $45 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Samsung F3 1TB - $65 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL - LG DVD Burner - $20 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Antec 300 - $55 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair 600w - $50 => This is overkill, but is priced the same as the 500w after rebate... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$455 and then you need a GPU priced around $150 to meet your $600 budget... How about the XFX HD 6850 for $150 after rebate? Would make for a pretty solid machine...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 21, 2011 8:29:10 AM

sadams04, gkay09: Thanks for the suggestions. Apparently I have misjudged my budget - having checked the components suggested by sadams04 at hungarian retailers I've found that their prices are about 25% higher than those newegg prices... I want to stick to the I3 CPU so I guess I have to opt for cheaper GPU and maybe a cheaper PSU for it - if that's an option.

So I guess my budget is around 450-500 $ on those newegg prices. Any suggestions considering that?
May 21, 2011 8:50:30 AM

Dont go with a cheap PSU. It may fry ur system. Better safe than sorry. Always get a quality unit from one of the name brands like corsair, antec, seasonic.

Ur best bet to cut costs would be to go with a triple core amd based build.
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