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Graphic artist with dying computer

I have been reading and re-reading the forums here over the past few days as my computer begins to hint that it's time to take it out back and give it the Ol' Yeller.

I'm pretty damned poor and need some advice regarding the components I've chosen and if I'm going overboard (or somehow not overboard enough?) on some of these.

The goal is to get this down to between $600-700. The main goal is to make a fast, workhorse computer that is going to be reliable and upgradable in the future. It should be able to handle large Photoshop files and play newer games at fairly full throttle (1920x1080 max) without noticeable frame-dropping.

And, if it matters, I only use one monitor.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220
CPU cooler: Whatever shows up in the i3 box
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 (bundled with 8GB RAM)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB
Hard Disk: Western Digital Blue 1TB 3.5", 7200RPM Sata 6GB/s
SSD: Crucial m4 64GB 2.5"

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FRX0 link for part specifics

The total is coming to about $770 right now, buying from Amazon and Newegg.
I went with the WD Blue because the price difference between that and the black was pretty big. The difference between the 7850 1gb and 2gb was only $20 but again, I'm trying to shave off as much as I can.

Thanks for taking a look.
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  1. No PSU?
    If budget is an issue, then this is probably the best option.
    Corsair CX500, 80+ Bronze. $50 ($20 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Youv got a non-overclocking CPU, so no need for an overclocking Z77 board. The AsRock H77 Pro4 will do just as fine a job and is significantly cheaper, to the point where you can buy your own RAM kit.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157302

    A kit like this would be fine.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    Pull the side panel off your old computer, if the Optical Drive is SATA then there's no need to buy another. Can also re-use any HDD's in it, though would still buy new ones as performance will be much better. Just use it as a storage drive.

    Otherwise looks good.
  2. This should be pretty suitable for your needs, had to lose the SSD to bring it into the budget you wanted and include for the parts you hadn't listed.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $680.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 06:45 EST-0500)
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    Or an intel alternative.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $689.38
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 06:51 EST-0500)
  4. Thanks for getting back to me! I guess I should've put all the specs for my build. I tried to only put what was essential and not bore you guys with the case and the PSU and the OS but here's the full list that I've got (including some of your suggestions)

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.84 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: I've actually got one ready to go; a 600W Coolmax which is in the tower I'm using now.
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $640.27
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 15:34 EST-0500)

    I'd like to eventually get an SSD so that I can start my computer up and open CS5 very quickly, but you're right, there's just no way to get this under $700 with that SSD in there. Thanks again for the insight and the thoughtful responses.
  5. Best answer selected by geoffreymonster.
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