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Photo-editing Build - help please

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June 24, 2012 8:29:38 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $1000CAN before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Lightroom, Web use...and maybe some gaming when my wife is not looking :) 

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker, Lightroom, Photoshop...also just ordered x2 SSD from NCIX - 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 & Agility 3

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX...just down the street

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Will need OS...install on SSD? Use both SSDs? (was planning to put the Agility 3 into this old pc and hopefully do some lite gaming on it/HTPC - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ). Could pillage parts from that pc as well, maybe the HDDs? Can we get a USB 3.0 card reader for CF cards?

Open to some storage solution ideas too..currently, my wife works on the photos on one of the 2 HDs, then backs up on to x2 2TB external drives...but its slow and sloppy I think.

Thanks in advance!

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June 25, 2012 2:36:26 AM


NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Processor & Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H CrossFireX Motherboard
$359.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
$51.94


Zalman Z11 Plus Mid Tower ATX Case Black 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0 & Audio
$69.99

Coolermaster Extreme Power Plus 600W ATX 12V V2.3 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan
$59.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
$129.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
$24.98

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 2xDVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E Video Card
$176.03

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD SP1 OEM
$154.57

Total=1027.47 plus tax - about $120.00 in MIR's

plus the OCZ vertex 3 120GB SSD we have... Is this a decent build? or overkill? or just about right?
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June 25, 2012 2:39:08 AM

Looks good, the 550ti is a good budget gaming card, But if you ever plan to do any heavy gaming I'd get something a little better. If not then you should be fine.
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