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
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?
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.
* 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.