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November 20, 2012 2:32:12 PM

I am looking to build a computer from scratch that can run adobe photoshop. what would be the best route to go?

gonna be buying a monitor along with it, probably this one

http://www.amazon.com/HP-2011x-20-Inch-LED-Monitor/dp/B...
1600x900 res

on a tight budget here, if anyone can recommend where to begin that would be greately appreciated. amd or intel? what gfx card? how much ram? any advice would be very useful. no exact amount i can give at this time but perhaps somewhere around $250-$500, the cheaper the better. windows 7 not necessary, monitor not included

(parts are going to be bought froma mazon and newegg)

thanks
November 20, 2012 2:53:13 PM

For a good photoshop build, you're going to need a little more money. Although, it's not really needed. This is what I can give you.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ou3x
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ou3x/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ou3x/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $491.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 11:52 EST-0500)

If you want, you could change the processor to one of the six core FX and then get a better graphics card, but there would be little to no need for that as its photoshop and not gaming.
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November 20, 2012 3:39:43 PM

Photoshop will run on almost anything. You pay more to have it run smoother with less waiting, but really anything will work. And really, it depends how large your projects are, how many layers, if you are working with TIFF vs JPEG, etc.


Look how basic these requirements are:

Windows

Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
Microsoft® Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1.
1GB of RAM
1GB of available hard-disk space for installation
1024x768 display (1280x800 recommended) with 16-bit color and 256MB (512MB recommended) of VRAM
OpenGL 2.0–capable system
DVD-ROM drive

Here's a chart showing the relative performance of lots of processors in CS4 (lower is better)

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/25

Something like a new socket FM2 A10-5800k or A8-5600k could be good on a budget build and also the socket 1155 intel i3's do very well. Those processors will be in the $100-130 range. Pair it with 8GB of RAM, a basic motherboard and 7200RPM hard drive, and you should be able to come in fairly cheap. Keep in mind a Windows OS is $80-100, though, so you probably need to add that into your budget.




I will say that for photo editing, you want a high resolution and 1600x900 is a bit cramped vertically. If you are on a budget, I would try to find one of the older squarish 4:5 1280x1024 or a 16:10 1680x1050. 16:9 is less than ideal for editing, but is OK if you can get at least 1080p which gives you enough vertical resolution, but a bunch of wasted space on the horizontal.

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November 20, 2012 3:47:53 PM

This is about as cheap as I'd go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite Power 460W ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $308.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 12:47 EST-0500)

You'll still need another $90 for a windows 7 license.
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November 20, 2012 5:05:27 PM

thank you, friends
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November 20, 2012 5:55:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $424.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-20 14:54 EST-0500)

Just some more part ideas for you!
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