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July 26, 2012 3:07:07 AM

Ok here goes, I have had no problem finding information on gaming systems unfortunately, I do no gaming. I am getting ready (out of necessity) to build a new system. My budget is AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE :pt1cable:  ok, let's say $700-$900 dollars. I have the case ATX. I have had fantastic results with ASUS motherboards so I'm leaning that way but open to suggestions. I am fine with the i3 processor (sandy bridge?) (see earlier note on budget). Does the fact that that cpu has video cause issues with running a video card, does it work with the card, I have no idea how that one works. Video card: I'm leaning towards EVGA GeForce 460 192-bit, 1GB for the OpenGL functions.

My main use is Photoshop with some Nik software plugins (thus the OpenGL necessity). I work with some pretty large files, up to 800MB on some and they seem to keep getting bigger. I am also looking at some video editing down the road as well as some music recording/mixing.

I know that's a lot but my main concern is motherboard/CPU combo and the northbridge preference as my experience, limited as it is, has taught me this can lead to a faster more stable computer.

I thank you in advance and please let me know if you need for information.

FYI; here is a sample build that I am considering:

ASUS P8H77-V $ 150
Intel i3-2130 3.4Ghz $ 140
EVGA GeForce GTX-460 $ 150
Corsair Vegence 2x4GB $ 54
Antec Earthwatts EA550 $ 110

I will be using my existing hard drives, DVD drives, case, and monitors.

Again, thanks for any help

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July 26, 2012 3:27:10 AM

Update: I just took a look at the Asus P8Z68-V motherboard and it looks good. Any thoughts?
a b V Motherboard
July 26, 2012 3:33:31 AM

No gaming huh? You want a Quad core if your gonna do photo shop and stuff... A Z68 chipset isn't bad, Its still a good chipset.
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August 7, 2012 12:36:28 AM

No gaming. You say the Z68 chipset isn't bad, is there one that you would recommend for Photoshop work? Z77?

I priced up a nice quad-core system but wouldn't be able to afford that for some time. Again, any help is greatly appreciated.
August 7, 2012 1:57:07 AM

You have too much money into the mobo and PSU for your needs. Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)

Total: $579.50
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-06 21:56 EDT-0400)
a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2012 2:21:25 AM

Dude, you could get a GTX 560 ti 4480 core, 130$ z77 board and a i7 2600k for around 700$ the ram you could get a 8gb kit for around 40$, 500GB Hard drive and case and your shouldn't have spent over 900$ for all that