Graphics Build Help Please

Hi All,

So many parts, so much confusion! I'm looking for advice on building a workstation that will be used for basic Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4 and internet browsing. I will not be using this for gaming.


Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I get the part figured out.

Budget Range: $1000.00 to $1500.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, Photoshop, Lightroom

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, RAM, Video Card, Power Supply, Case

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, but open to suggestions

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Austin, TX

Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu. I have had good luck with Asus mobo's in the past.

Overclocking: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Thanks for the help!
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  1. do you have microcenter from where you live. it makes things much cheaper

    this wont be playing games
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dcQ4
  2. CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $124
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    Cooler: Use stock cooler

    Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $159
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131823

    GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti $124
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

    SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 2.5" 128GB $114
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM $149
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844

    PSU: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-650 650W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular $84
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182132

    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) $104
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145357

    DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total = $936
  3. Thank you for the feedback. This gives me a great start!
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