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December 6, 2012 9:03:24 AM

Dear community,
As my 5 years old Dell Inspiron 1520 is getting older I'm thinking of a new PC and I need your advice. My budget is 700$ and it needs to fit a monitor, keyboard, mouse, components. No gaming here, just intense Photoshop (web developer, designer). I was thinking of the following configuration, priced at 444$:

  • AMD DDR3 8192MB (2 x 4096) 1600MHz Performance Edition
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA3 64MB
  • AMD Fusion A8-5500, 4 nuclee, 3200 MHz, Turbo 3700 MHz, Cache L2 4MB, TDP 65W (BOX) [Trinity]
  • SAMSUNG DVD Writer SH-224BB, Intern, SATA, Bulk (Negru)
  • Asrock FM2A85X Extreme6, FM2, SATA 3 x7, USB 3.0 x6, ATX

    What's your opinion on it? I've been running fine on a Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2Ghz, 3Gb ram, Nvidia 8600GT. Would the new AMD Trinity run fine? I'm thinking of the electricity bill also :)  or should I better choose a new laptop+monitor?

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    December 6, 2012 9:41:51 AM

    Here's my recommendations: case $45 $20 after rebate and promo code; you have to be registered with newegg to use promo codes. keyboard/mouse $18 good today only monitor $109 shipped windows 8 $100 trinity $110 board $66 shipped after rebate heatsink $20 ram $62 blue ray burner $40 after rebate hardrive $80

    Total: about $670 after rebates and promo codes.

    I recommended the ecs board as it's brand new; should support your trinity cpu without a bios flash and has lots of ports. Just gets the job done. I've had better service from ecs than some of the larger board makers such as asus or gigabyte I recommend you get a 60 gb ssd when it's on sale for less than $50. I don't even use a standard hardrive anymore; it's too slow and noisy.
    December 6, 2012 10:18:53 AM

    This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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    December 6, 2012 12:00:35 PM

    Here's my shout out

    MSI FM2-A85XA-G65 $100
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB $50
    AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz $120
    Corsair Carbide Series 300R $65 if you're able to get the 200R
    would keep the rest the same, comes to about $702(excluding rebates you might get with the parts I've suggested)

    * APU is the best option for you actually as photoshop has drivers/codes written to work better on APU's. Kinda like Nvidia forray with physx tech.
    ** you'll need some large storage options to keep your shopped files+along with a large SSD for scratch disk space.
    December 7, 2012 9:00:34 AM

    10x guys for the advices. Think I'm gonna choose the A8 mainly because there's no main difference and 20-30$ cheaper here. Also gonna include a Samsung SSD. Nice day to you all! :hello: