$1000 desktop for browser-based apps, Photoshop, NO gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: April 1-5

Budget Range: $1,000 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Web development using brower-based applications, I run 4 monitors sometimes with 3 (separate) web browsers open, Photoshop, infrequent video encoding

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com but I'm flexible

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Full tower case. Adobe (Photoshop) has tested these cards http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/tested-video-cards-photoshop-cs5.html

Overclocking: Yes / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No - Photoshop does not support

Monitor Resolution:
1920x1200

Heart Set On: Wake on LAN

Additional Comments:
First, I really appreciate the input of those of you that may comment - thank you. I am currently running a Intel Core2 Quad Q8300 with 8GB of DDR2. RAM is at 27-30% after startup with minimal items opening; 38% I slow considerably, at 40% I lock up. I do NOT game.

I run two Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT video cards. Apart from the Adobe Master Suite CS5 I do most of my development through my browers, e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, with essentially no use of DreamWeaver. Apart from Photoshop and to a lesser degree Visio, I have little reliance on desktop software per se but have Office 2010 installed.

I have a 1.5TB and a 500GB HD installed, and have learned that one would have been better. 1.5TB would be sufficient. The Adobe forums say on a 64 bit PC running Windows 7, add as much RAM as you can fit in the box and afford. Ironically I don't generally feel my computer is slow and don't feel compelled to own the fastest processor on the block. At some point in the future I would like to run six monitors. As for components, I am not a name brand snob and at the pharmacy always opt for the generics. Thanks again.
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  1. I just built what you see below for less than $800 with operating system. You will need to spend a bit more on dual vid cards and possiblty ssd if your eally want it to roar.

    MB: MSI 870s-G46
    AMD Athlon II x 4 645 (Clocked to 3.72 gbz) 2400mhz hyper xport
    8gb pc-1333 corsair vengence ram clocked to 800mhzx2
    vid card:ATI HD 6670
    3 x 500gb 6gb/sec 7200 rpm configured with raid 5
    Case up to u
    Power supply: 950watt redundant
    Cheap dvd burner
    You will have to spend more on vid cards and it will put you at about 1k w/ operating system.
  2. Quote:
    I am currently running a Intel Core2 Quad Q8300 with 8GB of DDR2. RAM is at 27-30% after startup with minimal items opening; 38% I slow considerably, at 40% I lock up. I do NOT game.


    I think you should look at your RAM issues first. It should not be locking up at 40% usage. Bring it down to 4GB and see how it runs, then try the other stick(s) at 4GB and see how it runs. This will help rule out issues with your RAM. While you are in there, blow out the dust with some canned air.

    If the RAM is the issue then it is easy enough to replace and for what your needs are the current system will last you a while longer.

    If you recall when the issue first started happening then I would look at software updates (including Microsoft updates) or driver installs that took place around that time. Roll them back and see if this resolves the issue. If you recall a power outage during this time, then check the PSU as being the issue. The lock up at 40% is hardware or software related, outside of a motherboard and/or cpu replacement you can fix the computer for under $100.

    As a last resort, I would also consider a fresh reinstall of your OS. If your partition configuration allows for it, make an image of your OS using the Windows 7 Back up and Restore feature.

    Save the $1,000... buy some more software.
  3. MEMTEST86 is a good program to check your ram as well.
  4. Thanks to all, I appreciate the input and am will benefit from it all.
  5. I suggest going with a phenomII x4/x6 if he can grab those, and on that AMD card with 6 monitor/tv slots forgot which one but it's on the 5xxx or 6xxx series.

    how about a seasonic x-850w if you can grab some money for that, should be fine with your system or go with a 750w suggestions would be corsair HX versions. If you can salvage that 1.5TB HDD from your other PC that would help loosen the budget, I'll look over newegg and find some recommendations. also an intel variation is possible and should prove to be better for your adobe
  6. Processor: 219.99$(you can get this for 180$ at microcenter)
    Intle i5 2500K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    CPU Cooler: 34.99$
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Motherboard: 121.99$
    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Memory: 46.99$
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Sniper 8GB (2X4GB) 1600Mhz CL9
    (15% Off W/promo code EMCNGHG96, ends 3/29)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231416

    Graphics Card: 149.99$>134.99$ after rebate
    Sapphire HD 6850 1GB (you can get 2 of them for 269.98$ after rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    Hard Disk Drive: Just salvage your 1.5Tb if possible

    Solid Slate Drive: I Doubt you need this but you can grab one if your getting 1 GPU it's aroudn 140-170$
    Go with either of the 2 I am using them on different system and have no problem.

    @178.99$>158.99$ after rebate
    OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SATAIII SSD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    @149.99$>119.99$ after rebate
    Corsair Force Series 33 120GB SSD SATAIII
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

    Power Supply: 69.99$>49.99$ after rebate
    Corsair BuilderSeries CX600W V2 80PLUS Certified
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    Chassis: 59.99$>49.99$ after rebate
    Antec 300 ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    Total Before Rebate W/O SSD and only a Single GPU and no HDD = 703.94$
    Total After Rebate W/O SSD and only a Single GPU and no HDD = 658.93$

    (not including the off promo with promo code)

    I highly suggest for you to salvage either your 1.5TB HDD or 500gb HDD or just buy the Corsair Force 3 or the ocz vertex 3 as your boot drive or something. or buy some seagate 1tb 7200rpm hdd

    you can always buy a quadro is you want, i have this quadro and works nicely

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133347
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133324
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133325

    I use them either one of those will work wonders for you.
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