Hello all,

here is my task. I'm trying to build a budget PC from scratch exclusively for photo editing (might do some minor video cutting and editing as well). i'm trying to fit everything into 700 at this point and thats including an IPS screen which i found for some where under 200. that leaves me in the neighborhood of $500-$550.

I haven't built a system in quiet some time (10 years or so), so its a challenge.

As I have read through multiple forums, most of the 2D processing is between CPU and RAM, thus I'm temporarily excluding GPU for budget reasons. also i do have a HDD to use as a second drive. mouse/keyboard I have as well.


Here is what I need and looking for opinions/suggestions/improvements:

Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor @ Microcenter

ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard @ Microcenter

This combo at Microcenter is $238.09 after tax in NJ

Case with 500W fan
RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP $44.99 after rebate @ newegg

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $41.99 @ newegg

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III $109.93 @ NCIX

This configuration leaves me @ $435 total


Near future improvements will include GPU, wireless card, Blu-Ray writer and card reader.

Also an area of concern is if 120GB will be enough for all the apps I'd need.

so far between Win7, MS Office, CS5, Lightroom 4 and other photo editing software, I came up to over 60GB and i'm sure I'm either missing or excluding some stuff.

Please let me know what you guys think and can suggest.

Thank you for reading this madness.
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  1. if you are going to be doing video editing then go with a i7 2600 its better for video editing because of Hyper threading and in terms of a boot drive im a little iffy on the size of your SSD and dont get a k version of the processor unless you plan on OCing
  2. I actually decided to go with a little higher grade version:

    Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor 

    ASRock Z77 Pro4 LGA 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard

    microcenter combo @ $282.42 after tax in NY

    RAIDMAX Altas ATX-295WBP w/500W PSU $45 @ newegg

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR31600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $49.99 @newegg

    SanDisk Extreme 120 GB,Internal (SDSSDX-120G-G25) @122 Ebay brand new

    and a SSD 2.5" bracket adapter BYTECC Bracket-252K $4.99 @newegg


    all this raised my price to 512, but i think its a bit better build.

    Please let me know what you think and where i can make improvements.
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    okay the ONLY difference between ivy bridge and sandy bridge is a 10% base clock speed difference you could save yourself a good amount of money by just going sandybridge and investing the money in another part for instance some of the new graphics card made for video edititing and CAD? like the quaddro or the ATI

    EDIT: and still think you should go with the i7
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