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Adobe CS5/Lightroom and light gaming build

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February 5, 2012 2:37:39 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: 1000 - 1500 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing and possibly some light gaming, never at the same time

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like newegg but not real preference

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: No real preference

Overclocking: No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not totally sure what this is but don't think I'll need it

Monitor Resolution: Currently have a 1680x1050 and looking to add a 25 or 27" high resolution like a 1920x1080

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Hi Guys,

Been a long time since I've built a computer but tired of using lightroom and photoshop on my sluggish laptop. After sifting through benchmarks and posts on new builds I've come up with this spec. Please let me know your thoughts if I've over/under spec'd anywhere and if I'm missing anything. Thanks!

mobo - $205 - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu - $229 - i5-2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram - $46 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive (SSD) - $176 - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive (disk) - $? - reccomendation (consider RAID for backup?)

sound - $? - don't need much, can the mobo handle sound?

graphics - $140 - GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

windows - $100 - windows 7 64bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case - $60 - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd/cd - $21 - 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu - $80 - SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

monitor - $300 - SAMSUNG P2770FH ToC Rose Black 27" 1ms Full HD HDMI LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 70,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

wireless/ethernet - $? - house not wired for now so need wireless, can the mobo handle this?
February 28, 2012 4:00:56 PM

Preston,

I am looking to do the same things as you including Lightroom and Video editing. I have a computer problem that has led me to consider a new build and while researching here and Adobe, I have concluded that CPU and Ram are extremely important to using these programs. The I5 2500k is fine. I plan to go to 16 gig as some of my stitching files are massive. The GPU is fine for gaming. I am using GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB. I run 2 of the monitors you are planning to buy and they are gorgeous. The mobo and SSD are excellent. There are only 2 weaknesses I can see. You must have a bigger PSU. Get 650 or 750W to be sure and it will allow for upgrades in the future. The second is the case - be sure everything fits. I am planning a full tower for my needs. Also consider a lower profile ram. G Skill is excellent but you don't want a hassle if the ripjaws conflict with the heat sink or some other parts. I am sure there are members who know more about this than me.
Good luck,

Pat
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