$750 box-only graphic design/gaming/browsing PC

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: USD $800 after shipping/rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: graphic design/gaming/browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any that have a very good reputation with resellerratings.com or google shopping (4+ stars)

Location: Texas, USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Just make sure the card has HDMI output

Additional Comments: Photoshop, Illustrator

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop mobo went bad, and it was old anyway.
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  1. Photoshop takes far greater priority than gaming. Any advice?
  2. Here's build more correct, according to questions you filled:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $743.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 09:07 EST-0500)
  3. I wanted to RAID0 SSD because read/write speeds and access times appear to be critical for photo editing. I realized I was a fool to have had dual readyboost cache drives. I changed those out, and I changed the case as to have internal 2.5" bays required as well as front panel USB 3.0. I also removed the extra heatsink and regular HDD. I'm not gonna OC this machine, and I understand that the fan I had earlier was practically just as good as the stock one that comes with the processor. How does this look?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite Power 460W ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $793.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-21 12:41 EST-0500)
  4. Note that the Z77 has the updated TRIM features that come with Intel's RST.

    I took special notice after seeing this article:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6161/intel-brings-trim-to-raid0-ssd-arrays-on-7series-motherboards-we-test-it
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