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Last response: in Systems
January 18, 2012 5:26:36 PM

Please see below. Thank you for your assistance.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks

Budget Range: Up to $1,500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Essential Requirements: Running Photoshop, Watching Blu-Ray Movies, 500 GB of storage for music and other important files

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: 27-32” LCD Monitor – Seeking recommendations for best model

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

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January 18, 2012 6:30:10 PM

I doubt he'll need such a powerful video card though. Since he won't be playing high demand games, you could get away with something smaller. This isn't my area of expertise, but I'm guessing something like a 6850 would do (which could easily be overdoing it for just movies/photoshop).
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January 18, 2012 6:32:06 PM

The GPU might be a bit of overkill since you aren't gaming, but you have plenty of budget to work with... You could drop the costs by going with a 500GB hard drive and using the onboard video (subtract about $200 off the total below).

MB - ASRock H67M (B3) - $80
CPU - i5-2400 - $190
GPU - XFX HD 6850 1GB - $150 after MIR
MEM - Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $40 after MIR
HD - Seagate 1TB - $135
OPTICAL - LG Black 12X BD-RW - $65
PSU - XFX PRO550W - $55 after MIR
CASE - Rosewill Challenger - $55
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $100
Monitor - ASUS 27" BackLight LED w/ Webcam - $330

January 18, 2012 6:54:19 PM

Thank you all for your responses! I appreciate your time.
January 18, 2012 6:55:32 PM

Here's what I put together for you...
SSD (for OS -- nice way to spoil yourself):
Blu-Ray Player:

Figured I'd buff it up as much as I could with that kind of budget, fast CPU, good SSD for fast boot/OS operation/photoshop, nice case, and a video card to handle the stress of high resolution. Total: $1396

FYI, I couldn't find a 27 in + monitor with that resolution (1920x1200) on newegg...
January 18, 2012 7:04:22 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$59.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $49.99

AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+

Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARX 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F90GBGT-BK 2.5" 90GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$149.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $119.99

EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

The total for this build so far is $1563.88 and after rebates is $1523.88. This is of course pushing the limit of what you can get for $1500 and without the monitor. A real good monitor would be ;

Dell UltraSharp U2711 Black 27" 6ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with PremierColor 350 cd/m2 80000:

This monitor has a recomended resolution of 2560x1440 but might be on the high side of what you might want to pay and certianly could not be included in your budget.

LG W2753VC-PF 27" 2ms Full HD Tilt & Swivel Adjustable WideScreen LCD Monitor300 cd/m2 50000:1

SAMSUNG S27A350H ToC Rose Black 27" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

I currently have the LG model and I have always liked Samsung.