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January 30, 2012 12:28:18 AM

One of my friends asked me to build him a work computer. He does graphic design and mostly uses Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

The only problem is, i don't know what kind of specs I should make it. He'd like it to be around the ~$500 range, not including monitor and HDD (he already has those)

So I'm asking for your help! Please give me suggestions as what to put in the build.

Bases for what he wants:
Intel CPU
16GB ram
Doesn't care how the case looks

Also, he won't be playing any games on it, so I'm not sure what to go with for the GPU. Would integrated be sufficient for his needs?

Thanks!
January 30, 2012 1:26:33 AM

I think with Graphic Design you do want a good video card.

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
$49.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3670WNGXBOX
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$169.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total rof this work computer is $514.94 and a lot of components that I thought should have been included were left out because of price and the need to try and be within the budget. If the oerson who wants this computer would increase the budget some more you could get a really good work computer.
What I am refering to is the fact that with graphic design I'm thinking it's something like gaming with the fact that you are rendering objects and the Sandy Bridge cpu's are good at gaming so I figured it would be good at graphic design , but because of price I had to go with AMD. The decision is not mine to make so you can look at this build and decide with your friend as to what you want.
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January 30, 2012 1:28:32 AM

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AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3670WNGXBOX
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819106002


I'm curious as to why you would pick a Llano over an X4 for a design station. I'd think if you're using CS5 it would require a bit more horsepower.
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January 30, 2012 1:33:28 AM

The Liano is unlocked so if you need more horsepower then overclock it to what you need. Besides the Liano is the newer processor.
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January 30, 2012 1:50:45 AM

inzone said:
The Liano is unlocked so if you need more horsepower then overclock it to what you need. Besides the Liano is the newer processor.


The 960T isn't unlocked? I thought AMD didn't have that same designation that Intel does.
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January 30, 2012 2:01:39 AM

That's not the issue, the budget is and trying to be close to the budget amount and the 960t is $20 more. I don't even like AMD and I would prefer to build an Intel based Pc. You can post your build with the 960t if you want and I'll stick with the Liano and the OP can decide what he wants to do.
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January 30, 2012 2:11:29 AM

inzone said:
I think with Graphic Design you do want a good video card.

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
$49.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A6-3670K Unlocked Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3670WNGXBOX
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$59.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$169.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total rof this work computer is $514.94 and a lot of components that I thought should have been included were left out because of price and the need to try and be within the budget. If the oerson who wants this computer would increase the budget some more you could get a really good work computer.
What I am refering to is the fact that with graphic design I'm thinking it's something like gaming with the fact that you are rendering objects and the Sandy Bridge cpu's are good at gaming so I figured it would be good at graphic design , but because of price I had to go with AMD. The decision is not mine to make so you can look at this build and decide with your friend as to what you want.


What did you leave out besides a DVD drive? Thanks for your help! But you don't think a 6870 is overkill? That's what I have in my gaming rig.
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January 30, 2012 2:17:42 AM

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What did you leave out besides a DVD drive? Thanks for your help! But you don't think a 6870 is overkill? That's what I have in my gaming rig.


The 6870 is one of the best price/performance GPUs on the market right now, it's certainly not overkill, and on a design system you'll want flexibility for a multiple monitor setup, and that's where Radeon excels with Eyefinity.

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That's not the issue, the budget is and trying to be close to the budget amount and the 960t is $20 more. I don't even like AMD and I would prefer to build an Intel based Pc. You can post your build with the 960t if you want and I'll stick with the Liano and the OP can decide what he wants to do.


Only $20 difference? To me that would seriously be worth it. Here's what I would suggest then.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 - $59.99 ($20.00 rebate)
Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 960T - $124.99
RAM: PNY Optima 8GB 1333MHz - $39.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda XT 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Lite On 24X DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99 ($15.00 rebate)

Total is $626.93. Without the hard drive the total is $541.94 and comes out to $506.94 with rebates.
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January 30, 2012 2:24:40 AM

g-unit1111 said:
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What did you leave out besides a DVD drive? Thanks for your help! But you don't think a 6870 is overkill? That's what I have in my gaming rig.


The 6870 is one of the best price/performance GPUs on the market right now, it's certainly not overkill, and on a design system you'll want flexibility for a multiple monitor setup, and that's where Radeon excels with Eyefinity.


Okay, that makes sense. What about this cpu?
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January 30, 2012 9:15:04 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That is an excellent choice (I use the i3-2120) but finding a full featured board for that inexpensive isn't easy. Maybe try this for the board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for your help, I think I'll go with that board and the i3 and then the rest of the items you outlined. I'll run this by my friend and see what he thinks.
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January 30, 2012 9:28:40 PM

peter27 said:
Thanks for your help, I think I'll go with that board and the i3 and then the rest of the items you outlined. I'll run this by my friend and see what he thinks.


No problem - that should turn out to be a good system - I've been really impressed with the way my i3-2120 system turned out - it's blazing fast.
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