What MB/CPU/GPU combo for under $450

Hey guys,

I started a thread earlier, but since then I've realized that I need more help than I earlier thought:

I'm upgrading my current 3-year-old desktop to make it usable for my wife's design work (she uses Adobe CS...mainly Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator).

I'm going to have to get a new MB, CPU, and GPU for under $450. Small budget, I know. But it is what it is. (I am planning to buy RAM and a better monitor, but those are easier choices.)

I just can't decide if it will be better to exchange a cheaper AMD MB/CPU setup for a more expensive GPU. I'd really like the Intel i5 2500K, but that plus a MB doesn't leave me much room for a GPU.

I'd appreciate some direction.
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  1. The 2500k is an unlocked cpu so if your not going to overclock your wife's computer then you can get a lower model cpu and if your not going to add a second video card then you can get a MB with one video card slot.

    ntel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310
    $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115089

    MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    $94.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130621

    ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $209.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $179.99.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196

    The total comes to $444.97 and for that you get a quad core Intel cpu and a Nvidia 560Ti video card. I don't know if you were looking for a higher end video card or not but the 560Ti is a decent card.
  2. Thank you so much. So using a cheaper (though less powerful) AMD cheap for a more powerful Intel wouldn't make sense?
  3. not really, it would just take her longer to get her work done thanks to AMD less powerful cpu's.

    edit - if you live near a frye's or microcenter, they typically have even better deals in the stores. Your best best it to purchase there if your near one.
  4. The thing is as you pointed out "less powerful" means that the processing takes longer and doesn't come out as well so you would be better off with at least a quad core Intel cpu and make the best of the rest of the money as you can or maybe up the budget a little.
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