Custom build for photoediting

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: (e.g.: £500-600)

System Usage photoediting, internet surfing, word processing and DVD watching no gaming (except occasional flash games online)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, backup external harddrive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing)

Country: UK
Parts Preferences: none
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900,

Additional Comments: would like dual monitor in the future (2nd will be higher resolution (1280 x 1024 probably)

Case Fan 1 x 80mm Standard Fan
Power Supply Standard 650W
Processor AMD FX 4100 Black Edition, Quad Core (AM3+, 3.60GHz, 8MB Cache)
Motherboard Asus M5A78L-M/USB3, 4xDIMM, Max. 16GB, M-ATX ( USB 3.0 )
Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) Kingston 1333MHz DDR3
PCI-E Graphics ATI HD5750 1GB
Primary Hard Drive 1000GB SATA II
Memory Card Reader Internal Memory Card Reader
Wired Network Adapter Integrated 10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless Network Adapter PCI 802.11n 300Mbps Wireless
USB Ports 2.0 2 Front + 4 Back Ports
Sound Card Integrated 7.1 High Definition Channel Audio
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit Version)
: This is a option modified slightly from the Arbico Photo Edit AMD P840 on

will this system run photoshop/lightroom at a reasonable speed/simultaneously. Does it support 2 monitors. I am struggling to fully understand all the techincal bits to compare componants and be sure they will be done.

If suitable the computer would be built by hte company above

Thanks in advance for any help
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  1. Do not go with an FX-4100 - that will be a huge lag on your system and cause nothing but problems and frustrations. Go with an i3-2120 or an i5-2400 and an H67 or Z68 motherboard - that will give a huge speed boost.

    This is one area where I'd also say double your RAM for 16GB, that will work great.

    You also might want to put a bit more into your GPU and get a 6850 - the 5750 is a slow GPU that's meant for home theater PCs and won't do much - the 6850 will be a lot better for adding a second or third monitor later on - something that will be essential for Photoshop and CS5.
  2. ^+1 However 16GB I think is too much, by far 8GB is enough. I use heavy picture stitching (28 images of 18 MP) and it works out fine and at a decent speed w/ 8GB and a 955.

    Check out my $650 build. Just drop the 6870 since you won't be gaming at all.
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