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August 14, 2012 1:26:47 AM

Hello,
My budget is around 500-600 US Dollars. I am intending to use this computer to do Photoshop and Illustrator for Designing purposes. Was wondering what parts would be better suited for this purpose. Intel vs AMD and which graphics card would suffice? I have access to a Microcenter near by or i can just use newegg or amazon to order parts as well. Thank you for your help.

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August 14, 2012 7:46:53 AM

I meant $ 25 rebate...posting coz I can't edit :) 
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August 14, 2012 7:57:55 AM
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August 14, 2012 8:50:11 AM

i actually don't need a monitor so that frees up another 120 dollars i can spend else where, im guessing it would be better spent on a better CPU right? maybe a core i5?
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August 14, 2012 8:52:24 AM

also is the earthwatt 380 not enough?? to power this system even with a core i5?? or would it be cutting it short, i realize that 6670 is a low power consuming card so was wondering about that too! do not need a keyboard and mouse either! sorry i should have included all that in the original posting haven't used tomshardware in a while
thank you so much for your help
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August 14, 2012 11:20:56 AM

bintopaulshin said:
also is the earthwatt 380 not enough?? to power this system even with a core i5?? or would it be cutting it short, i realize that 6670 is a low power consuming card so was wondering about that too! do not need a keyboard and mouse either! sorry i should have included all that in the original posting haven't used tomshardware in a while
thank you so much for your help

Earthwatt 380 would smoothly run the config with an i5 (which you should go for now that you have the extra dollar). The only reason that i'd suggest a stronger psu is the case where you may want to upgrade your graphic card later even though you may not SLI or crossfire. The psu specs for 6670 is still 400 Watts

new suggestions:

cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 16, 2012 11:23:44 AM

hi...
don't know if you're still referring to this but I just read on another thread that 3000 series processor (like the one i suggested) are compatible with h61 mobo's (like the one i suggested )only after a flash update :( 
do check with microcentre if that combo would work or not

good luck
- satyam
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August 16, 2012 11:52:51 AM

just in wonder, what kind of graphics are you planing to do?

( programs and etc.... )
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August 17, 2012 3:59:43 AM

juniiflow said:
just in wonder, what kind of graphics are you planing to do?

( programs and etc.... )

OP says Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and I am guessing CS3 or CS4
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August 17, 2012 1:12:25 PM

Just in case , you do now that CS5 and CS6 collections are already out.
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August 17, 2012 5:03:43 PM

hey i just read this posted and sent you a message but how does the flash update work to make the 3470 compatible with the mobo i just purchased? because i have already ordered all the parts via online. Thank you for the help
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August 18, 2012 10:01:36 AM

bintopaulshin said:
hey i just read this posted and sent you a message but how does the flash update work to make the 3470 compatible with the mobo i just purchased? because i have already ordered all the parts via online. Thank you for the help

you'll need to use a 2nd generation core processor first to boot with H61 or H68 install a flash update and then it will recognize your cpu from 3rd gen core family. That's a lot to do... best thing would be to go with a z 78 chipset for i5 3470 or else you may downgrade your cpu to : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thats a solid cpu as well
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