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March 5, 2012 7:16:46 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: anytime

Budget Range: 800 ( prefer to spend the least as much as possible )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Digital Painting, Photography editing, Adobe After Affects, Sony Vegas, Adobe Illustrator.

Parts Not Required: I have a Mid tower case, probably be buying a full tower for that nice air flow.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter, seems to be cheaper and I live quite near to one. I don't mind newegg.

Country: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: Confused between Intel and AMD cpus, would prefer whatever is helpful to a ggreat computer performance for media editing, could careless about gaming. I was thinking around 16g of ram, is it overkill? lol

Overclocking: Not needed.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, wouldn't mind duel monitoring.

Additional Comments: Basically a pc rig built for digital painting and video GFX editing.
A little background info of me:
Majoring in Illustration so I deal with both digital and traditional artwork.
Video gfx editing is just a side hobby whenever I get the chance along with taking pictures of random things and fool around with it in photoshop.

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March 5, 2012 9:08:23 AM

For this kind of usage, either Intel or AMD are viable. I would go for either the i5-2400 or the FX-8120. I would imagine most of those programs will make use of the 8 cores so the FX-8120 may be the better option here.

Something else though, I wouldn't worry about getting a full tower for the sake of airflow. With no high end graphics card or heavy overclocking, you really don't need much airflow. A half decent heatsink and a couple of 120mm fans will be more than enough, I would go for a mATX case personally.

With the RAM I would say 16GB is probably overkill but there's no harm in leaving room for 16GB in future.

AMD FX-8120
Mushkin Silverline 8GB
ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G
Seagate Barracuda 500GB
ASUS HD 6450 1GB
Fractal Design Core 1000
Seasonic SS-300ES 300W
Sony DVD Burner

Total - $603.91 (Newegg)

Most will say that the aftermarket CPU cooler is overkill but those CPU's can run quite hot so for the peace of mind, quietness and overclocking potential I think it's worth $35.

Generally this build should be pretty quiet and leaves plenty of room for upgrades.

The spare cash could go to your other monitor or an SSD, either would be great.
March 5, 2012 11:51:21 AM

I am waiting for delivery of a rig I will build this week. I use mine for similar purposes. You may want to search the forums for the software you will be using. I searched for Photoshop, Adobe, CS5, and Lightroom in my travels and following a link to the Adobe forums and discovered that Adobe software is very partial to Nvidia GPU over any others. Also these kinds of programs love memory and fast processors. They render in 2D so a high end GPU is not req but I had additional needs and have a GTI 560 ti w 1 gig of ram. PS and some others love hyper threading but I couldn't squeeze more money into my budget. The whole thing cost me $961 . here is a link to my last post about the build
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March 5, 2012 11:58:29 AM

jmsellars1 build fits with u.

I use these apps and it is a mith that more core means more power even in creative suit.

I would build a similar pc but with intel and nvidia

for rendering in premier and affter effects cuda is supported so it is wise to get nvidia gpu.

Dont forget to on the gpu acceleration in settings:D 

for cpu im suggeting intel no reasons only benchmarks says.
And im amd fanboy bang for buck and now every thing changes.

U wont ever need more than 8gb ram.

This is build on newegg

intel i5 2400

ASRock H67M-GE (B3) LGA 1155
Intel H67

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x
4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
DDR3 1333

SeaSonic S12II 380B 380W

msi gts 450

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint

ocz agility 3 90 gb mlc sata 3

total comes to 629 usd :o 
u can fven get a psu cooler but not necessary.
U can buy a full tower but that is not necessary.its better to get a monitor or save some money :D 

last thing just beef up that psu to 430w and dont change the psu it is one of the best company :D 

have a great build and post some pics :D 
March 5, 2012 1:40:37 PM
This Antec PSU 750W is available today on Newegg $65 after mir.
You need a monitor so plug a 24 inch into the build to give you a feel for overall cost and we can look for ways to help shave cost if you are over budget. I don't think you want to do what you are planning with a smaller monitor. HDD prices are through the roof due to shortages. My friend who is a major buyer for his IT company tells me the shortage should be over by June. You could go with a smaller drive now and add another when the time comes. The next place to look for savings is the GPU
Good luck
March 5, 2012 2:45:18 PM

There isn't really any reason for him to go with 750W unless he was going for dual HD 7970's or something. He doesn't really need a powerful graphics card, just something basic to be able to drive dual monitors and take some pressure off the motherboard.

The build I suggested for example would pull around 150W under load, maybe 180W max.
March 5, 2012 3:05:03 PM

JM - You are right but he is in college and a bigger PSU for the same money would give him some ability to upgrade GPU or possibly SLI as budget allows. He said maybe SLI. I designed mine to allow me upgrades in the future that don't involve PSU or Case
Budget drives a lot of the choices.
March 5, 2012 3:08:44 PM

Fair enough, he's not gaming on this machine though according to the first post so he definitely won't need SLI/Crossfire. He won't even need a powerful GPU at all as far as I'm aware.
March 6, 2012 4:57:28 AM

I thank you all for replying to my thread and the builds you have listed for me.

Regarding the GPU card, I forgot to add in that I've also used, or tried to use Blender and Messiah Studio (both 3D animation programs )

So would I be looking at the Nvdia 500s or 600s (whenever it comes out)? Since one of the comments stated for GPU acceleration?
March 6, 2012 5:24:45 AM

if u want now then a 400 series like 460 and for future then a 650 or 630 or 560ti and also game very well:D 
March 6, 2012 3:24:05 PM

Does it need to be a powerful card or would a modern low end one like the GT 520 be OK?
March 6, 2012 11:48:47 PM


I wouldn't mind spending 200-300 on a GFX card. I could go on the route to get a 520 card then wait for the 600s.
March 7, 2012 3:16:50 AM

Just got a new microcenter ad, and I came up with this build so far

Evga gtx 460

i5 2500k 179.99

Corsair 12gb Ram 79.99

ASrock Z68 Extreme 3 1155 ATX 124.99 $50 bucks off more if purchased with i5 2500k

Not sure what PSU to get.

I have an empty Mid case tower with no fans, maybe add in a corsair h60? lol
March 7, 2012 10:25:14 AM

LazyGenius said:

I wouldn't mind spending 200-300 on a GFX card. I could go on the route to get a 520 card then wait for the 600s.

No point in buying a powerful one if you don't need it though, you would just be adding a lot of power consumption, heat and noise for no reason.