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June 7, 2011 6:57:49 PM

I'm looking to build a Home PC for a Graphics Teacher. His class is starting to use more software, so he needs a home PC that can practice using it with. He wants it optimized for the entire Abobe CS5 collection, and he would like to start experimenting with video editing and special effects, because he is thinking of adding it to his curriculum.

Other than that, he has the basic needs of a home office PC, so I need something along those lines, but with some decent power and graphics muscle to it. It doesn't need to be up to par with a "Real" workstation, but being able to run some of the higher end professional programs would be a huge plus.


Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of the month


Budget Range: He won't give me a number, because he doesn't want to eliminate the possibility of getting something more expensive it it will be that much better. That said, he doesn't need a true high end workstation (yet, at least) and I'd probably ballpark the budget at around $1000.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe CS5, Video Editing, Office Applications


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: I'm looking at getting a Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor. Maybe a Mid Tower Case. He definitely wants a big monitor with a possible multi-monitor setup down the line. I'm currently looking at the Nvidia Quadro Series GPUs, though I'm not sure which models will give the best bang for the buck.


Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Other Notes: It's not going to be used for gaming, and reliability and stability is a priority.

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June 8, 2011 6:20:25 AM

CPU + Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card - Check out the Quadro 600 - Has decent specs for a starter CAD card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Check the Antec Sonata Proto and cases from Lian-Li,...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If budget allows, then a SSD,...

Monitor - Check out the Dell IPS panels which are available in 21" and 23" flavour,...
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June 21, 2011 8:22:52 PM

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