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What MB/CPU/GPU combo for under $450

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July 18, 2012 9:18:43 PM

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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a c 218 à CPUs
July 18, 2012 10:08:11 PM

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

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

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.

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.
July 18, 2012 10:34:10 PM

Thank you so much. So using a cheaper (though less powerful) AMD cheap for a more powerful Intel wouldn't make sense?
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a c 147 à CPUs
July 18, 2012 10:43:12 PM

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.
a c 218 à CPUs
July 18, 2012 11:40:45 PM

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.