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December 12, 2012 10:40:27 PM

Hello, this is my first build and I'm looking for some advice/tips/feedback

I'm looking to build a decent mid-range PC, my primary use is for Photoshop, I do lots of digital illustrations which involves images with huge resolutions and on average 100+ layers easy, so I'm looking for something that will perform well with Photoshop CS4. That's my primary concern, I also do some light gaming (GW2, SWTOR, CIV V Etc..) watch HD videos etc, web browsing the usual stuff but not as important.

Things I don't need: Monitor, Keyboard, PSU (OCZ Stealth Stream 2 700W), Graphics Card (ATI Radeon HD5750) the card is a little dated but I figure it should hold up well given my primary concern isn't gaming, and even then it should be able to handle whatever is thrown at it as long as I don't go crazy with it.

This is my currently selected build, I was looking for some feedback if this will run well, and some better (cheaper alternatives)

CPU: AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX ($119)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is the big one, I know Intel does better with Photoshop, but I couldn't get it below $500 without sacrificing my SSD, will this perform well enough with Photoshop, would it be better to opt out of the SSD and get the i5 instead?

Mobo: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is this an alright motherboard, I figured couldn't go wrong with an Asus, also USB 3.0 is irrelevant to me. I heard that it could support 16gb ram, although it only lists 8 as max, anyone have experience with this Mobo?

Memory: SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MV-3V4G3D/US ($34.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheap figured I couldn't go wrong with Samsung

SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT060A3K5 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great deal decent size, but would it be better to opt out of the SSD to go for an Intel Processor and mobo?

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($59.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I figured this is a pretty good case, I'm looking for good airflow and easy to work with, if you guys have any recommendations for cheaper cases with good airflow lemme know

Misc: Windows7 64bit ($100), Anti Static Wristband ($5.99) necessary no but it will help me sleep at night, 4 pack 120mm case fans ($11.99) for some extra cooling, Mouse ($5.99) current ones busted.

Total: $457.91

What do you think, pretty decent for a budget Photoshop build? Any advice/tips/feedback/criticism?

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December 13, 2012 2:34:14 AM

This is a overall better build.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sg1q
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sg1q/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/sg1q/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($66.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $475.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 23:32 EST-0500)
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December 13, 2012 6:53:49 PM

AMD build
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($37.77 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $485.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:53 EST-0500)
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December 13, 2012 6:55:15 PM

intel build, slightly better than previous one
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $476.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-13 15:54 EST-0500)
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December 13, 2012 8:17:09 PM

Best answer selected by kagedin.
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December 13, 2012 8:18:58 PM

Thanks for the info guys, I went ahead and went with nix327's build, I went with a different case, aesthetic reasons, and left out the SSD for now, but planning to add it later, with the addition of a couple accessories it came out to be $497.97. Thanks for all the help guys
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December 13, 2012 8:33:45 PM

kagedin said:
Thanks for the info guys, I went ahead and went with nix327's build, I went with a different case, aesthetic reasons, and left out the SSD for now, but planning to add it later, with the addition of a couple accessories it came out to be $497.97. Thanks for all the help guys


You are welcome..best of luck with the build..and thanks for the best answer.
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