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So my friend's dad needs a new PC and we thought it would be fun if he built it himself! He needs a good workstation PC for programs like photoshop, sony vegas, etc. Looking for an intel build, and he has a budget max of $1000 (would prefer around $800) and he's the kinda guy where he just needs the basic hardware with no bling, so reliable but nothing pricey. Thanks ahead of time

And if you can find a good newegg combo, that would be great too.
Edited by kyle7412 - 7/19/11 at 11:55pm
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If I built a PC for video/image editing software I would make sure I put in a good CPU, something like the 2600K and OC, because it really is a great bang for buck, specially if you OC it which this processor does very well

I would probably stick a 6950 into it and 8GB of RAM?
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The i5-2500K is just 100 MHz less, 2MB less of cache, no HT (but not a big deal), and nearly $100 less, sometimes even more than $100 less. I have my i5-2500K overclocked to 4.8GHz right now. Bang!

Although, for someone who has absolutely zero interest in overclocking and nothing fancy, the i5-2310 in the ASUS P8P67 or P8P67 LE might be a good way to start.
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Originally Posted by kyle7412 View Post
So my friend's dad needs a new PC and we thought it would be fun if he built it himself! He needs a good workstation PC for programs like photoshop, sony vegas, etc. Looking for an intel build, and he has a budget max of $1000 (would prefer around $800) and he's the kinda guy where he just needs the basic hardware with no bling, so reliable but nothing pricey. Thanks ahead of time

And if you can find a good newegg combo, that would be great too.
Building it himself is fine but - he should do research before he builds. He should be sure of which components have been tested together (RAM+MB, for instance) so he can help negate primary causes of instabilities.

Also, if he's concerned with it's need to be functional like a true workstation (meaning heavy use 24/7, so-to-speak), he should really look into workstation hardware, not just high-end component hardware.

Anyways - I'm not suitable enough to offer opinion on products from the Intel side but I did want to throw out my two cents to you!
    
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My suggestion:
RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
mobo: ASUS P8P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131705
CPU i5 2400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115074
GPU GTX560 Superclocked:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130662
Hard Drive Samsung F3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
Optical CD/DVD RW:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136238
NZXT GAMA case, cheap but a great case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146061
ANTEC 750 watt PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371049
Windows 7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986

Total price shipped: 992.67 After rebates $927.67

I'm an AMD guy, but I went with nVidia because most reviews and benchies show that nVidia GPU's do much better with photo/video editing.
    
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