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June 26, 2011 12:08:40 AM

Hello, my brother plans on getting a new computer soon as his current one is about 5 years old and struggling to survive, I don't know too much about the requirements for programs such as Photoshop CS5 and video editing software. This is the build I had in mind, any suggestions are welcome as well as a reason as to why.

Main Programs:
Photoshop CS5
Lightroom 3
Adobe Bridge CS5
Adobe Premier Pro CS5
Adobe After Effect CS5
Adobe Illustrator CS5

Things I am unsure of:
1) Would 16GB RAM be better?
2) i7 2600K, cause of hyper threading? Is it better for the programs?
3) I don't know video card requirements for the programs he uses (GTX 560 Ti was an idea)
4) Will 4 sticks of the listen ram fit with that CPU cooler (They have heat sinks)?
5) 1333MHz vs 1600MHz for his programs

Other Notes:
1) He doesn't want an SSD I might add (May get one in the future)
2) Plans for more storage later
3) Will probably have me overclock later on
4) Will probably play some games on it as well
5) Will not SLI
Price Limit: $1300, less is always better! If its more, its okay.

CPU: i5 2500K
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57962 =$239
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3 (2x4GB) 1600MHz CL9
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57953 =$78
Mobo: Asus P8P67
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=59318 =$165
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1.5TB Sata3
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=61468 =$122
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41337 =$30
PSU: Antec Truepower New 650W 80+
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36263 =$120
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45271 =$120
DVD: LG 24x DVD burner
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=60857 =$30
Case Fractal Design Define R3
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=53537 =$115
GPU: Unknown

Total: $1,019
June 26, 2011 12:33:07 AM

1) For his usage, the extra ram 'might' be better, but most likely the 8GB will do fine, if he seems to be running out, just add another 2x4GB kit later.
2) It would be better yes, but the 2500k is by no means bad.
3) Nvidia seems to be the way to go for those programs, there are optimizations for Nvidia gpu's for the programs he is running 560Ti would probably do fine.
4) ripjawsX, they should fit
5) prices are about the same for both 1333 and 1600, so get the 1600Mhz they are somewhat faster

Since he is working with video editing, getting a Z68 chipset motherboard would be worth it. The onboard video on 2500k and 2600k is very good at transcoding videos, so you should get one that support virtu to take advantage of that feature.
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