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September 18, 2011 8:11:39 PM

I'm planning my first home-built system. Primary use will be business applications and Photoshop editing. No games and no overclocking. Here are the components I'm considering. I need your feedback...

CASE: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced
PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D
CPU: Intel core i5-2400
MB: ASUS P8H67-V
or
MSI H67MA-E45
or
Gigabyte ?
MEM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB)

I'm undecided on the MOBO. I plan on using the internal video on the MB, so no video card. I already own the other components (SATA drives, KB, etc.)

The approximate price of items to purchase is $500 - wish it were a bit less. Please suggest other components or confirm my selections.

Thanks.

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September 18, 2011 9:08:13 PM

I would get a motherboard and a separate video card. From the Adobe Website:
Photoshop CS5 and CS4 leverage the video adapter's chip (the graphics processing unit, or GPU) instead of the computer's main chip (CPU) to speed some functions. Photoshop accesses and uses the GPU when the GPU:

supports OpenGL, a software and hardware standard that accelerates video processing when working with large or complex images, including 3D.
has at least 256 MB of RAM.
has a display driver that supports OpenGL 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0, which the GPU uses to perform rendering effects.
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September 18, 2011 9:15:20 PM

Build looks good, you defiantly don't need a graphics to run CS5 well. I've seen plenty of people use just the integrated gpu would do. It's mostly reliant on CPU+RAM. The GPU of the i5 2400 would be sufficient especially since the iGPU can do all of those things.
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September 18, 2011 10:04:55 PM

aznshinobi said:
I'd also get this MB instead to save money, since H67 can't use 1600 either.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also get this RAM to save money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Good suggestions... The ASRock board is a micro-ATX. I have been looking at full size MBs and large cases. Do I njeed to look at micro boards and smaller cases???

Any difference between ASRock, Asus, and MSI H67 boards - quality or features???

Thanks.
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September 18, 2011 10:14:35 PM

No, you wouldn't need a smaller case or bigger case. Just get the one you want.
As for the quality it'll be the same. Features the Asrock would be a bit better for the price.
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September 18, 2011 10:45:07 PM

oldboomer said:
Any difference between ASRock, Asus, and MSI H67 boards - quality or features???.


Biggest one is everybody but Asrock offers a 3 year warranty. If ya doing video editing under CS4/5 I;d want a P67 MoBo w/ CUDA capable nVidia card.


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September 18, 2011 10:57:13 PM

Lol Photoshop doesn't need a CUDA enabled card to do it Jack. I'm using CS5 now and CUDA doesn't have a lot to offer from what I've read. Plus if you got a CUDA card you're looking at an extra $100 minimum to get a card that'd make a difference, that being the GTS 450. Even then you'd need to hack CS5 to enable it since the GTS 450 isn't supported.

But just to tell you OP the i5 2400 is good enough. You wouldn't even need the CUDA.
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