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June 13, 2012 1:53:18 PM

OK I know I have asked a similar question before, but the old thread includes some prices that have gone up, and I am looking to buy this week.

My BIGGEST confusion lies in pairing a MOBO with CPU, so when I get onto these websites to build my own I get very lost LOL

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multitasking with Photoshop CS5 being the most intensive program I use and dual monitor setup. I also need a LOT of space (1TB minimum) as I am a photographer and use loads of LARGE files. If I could play a game or two on it from time to time that would be great. Is Diablo 3 out of the question at this price?

Parts Not Required: Don't need software, DVDRW, keyboard, mouse, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer one that someone can buy a giftcard for and have me spend it.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I could REALLY use a memory card reader built in?

Overclocking: No /

SLI or Crossfire: No /

Monitor Resolution: My MAIN monitor is 1600x900 my secondary is 1440x900)

Additional Comments: I keep leaning towards these barebones with the AMD 6 core 1045t processors, but I am told I will get better results from even an i3 or an i5 than I will from this?

ALSO, here is the computer I am upgrading from... so perhaps you can give me an idea of how MUCH of a jump I am making in processing power AND see if I can reuse any parts? (DVDRW?)

Phenom X4 9150e on a MXP61PM-HM (nettle3) microATX MOBO
4GB ram
Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT
500GB HD
DVD+/-R/RW 16X 12X +/-DL LS 12x RAM SuperMulti SATA drive
15 in 1 Multimedia card reader (can I REuse this?)
300W Power supply... I think I actually upgraded this when I upgraded my Graphics card but I really can't remember :( 

Thanks in advance for the help!

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June 13, 2012 6:25:25 PM

Sooooooo I guess I am the only one answering myself lol... but here is what I have priced at the local CompUSA:

ASUS M5a97 MOBO - $99
AMD FX-6100 Six-Core - $129
Cooler Master Case and 450W PSU - $70
Seagate Barracuda 1TB- $99
HD 6750 Graphics card - $60
8GB ram Corsair - $57

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June 13, 2012 6:28:07 PM

Pretty good for the price. I think that might even beat the comparable Intel CPUs. Normally I wouldn't let anyone use that PSU but maybe it'll be fine for your low power GPU. That card will probably run Diablo at medium settings.
June 13, 2012 6:34:18 PM

OK cool... yeah I was a BIT weary on the built in PSU, but it's fairly low power system so i think I will be OK!