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July 21, 2012 5:52:20 AM

I'm a newbie at this. I am trying to build a system for my wife's use of Photoshop and InDesign (freelance design work). I want her to have a system that will be snappy during her design work. (She does no video editing or anything like that.)

I'm very budget conscious, so any advice on how to keep the price down while still providing a smooth designing environment for her would be great.

Here's the current build:

  • Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

  • Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail,

  • G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

  • Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop

  • ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    The total cost will be $620 after the mail-in rebates.

    Is this a good build for my wife's purposes? (And it'd be great if it would also run Skyrim on decent settings :D  )
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    Anonymous
    July 21, 2012 6:02:10 AM

    Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified

    will be plenty . . . good looking "wife's" rig.
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    July 21, 2012 6:46:04 AM

    Save a little, the PSU is a little overkill. The GPU is uneeded, even the newer updates of CS don't use Cuda that much, Photoshop doesn't have a whole lot honestly that requires the CUDA speeding up processes because an i5 2400 could run them fine.

    Check out my $650 but drop the GPU, total $490
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
    Pretty much a similar build but a better CPU and equivalent motherboard. You could save on the PSU and get the CX430 V2 honestly.
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-430-Watt-Certified-Compat...
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