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How y'all doin?

Just registered here.

I browsed the forum about a decade ago and configured the system shown below and coincidently found the forum again this time just in time when I want to build another system.

Looking forward to building my new system...

Here's roughly what I have in mind, nothing is fixed at this moment, please comment and edit:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500
MOBO: ASRock H67M
Storage: WDC SATA3 Blue 500GB 16MB
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB 256 Bit DDR5
Ram/Memory: 2x2gb/1x4gb/2x4gb? Corsair/G.Skill/Patriot/Team
PSU: Corsair 500W CMPSU-500CXV2EU Builder Series
Case: NZXT Gamma
ODD: LG DVDRW SATA 24x
Display: LG E2241T
Speaker: Altec Lansing BXR-1221 or VS2620

I'll be using the PC for editing photos and videos (Photoshop & Premiere), occasionally watching movies, but no gaming involve. I want something that would meet my needs with a small comfortable leeway, certainly no need for overkill system.

Not sure whether 4GB of RAM would be enough or I should just shoot for 8GB right from the start.

Not sure whether the 500w is more than enough or should I bump it up a bit to 600W? I figured going with Corsair 500W should be alright compared to going to some other brands' 500/550/600W PSU.

Looking forward for y'all suggestions!
Edited by rokphish - 10/7/11 at 7:46am
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RAM is getting cheaper and cheaper. If I were you, I would up for at least 6 GB.

Oh and 500 watts is enough for that build
    
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Given your usage profile Rok, here's some suggestions:

Intel i3-2100
Asus P8Z68-V LE (integrated graphics, or get a low-end card if you'd like)
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
Corsair - 8GB RAM
PSU - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D
Case - Whatever you like
Optical - Asus DRW-24B1ST
Display - Acer G235HAbd
Speakers - Logitech Z523

Of course, you could also go with something along the lines of a Phenom II X4/Asus M5A88-V EVO combo (integrated HD 4250)...
Edited by jlells01 - 10/7/11 at 5:49am
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do you plan to overclock?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by speud View Post
RAM is getting cheaper and cheaper. If I were you, I would up for at least 6 GB.

Oh and 500 watts is enough for that build
Thank you, 8gb it is.


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Originally Posted by jlells01 View Post
Given your usage profile Rok, here's some suggestions:

Intel i3-2100
Asus P8Z68-V LE (integrated graphics, or get a low-end card if you'd like)
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB
Corsair - 8GB RAM
PSU - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D
Case - Whatever you like
Optical - Asus DRW-24B1ST
Display - Acer G235HAbd
Speakers - Logitech Z523

Of course, you could also go with something along the lines of a Phenom II X4/Asus M5A88-V EVO combo (integrated HD 4250)...
So, you're saying using the integrated graphics would be more than adequate for Photoshop+Premier? I'm under the impression that I would need to use separate vga for those.

Is the Phenom x4 955/965 comparable to the i3-2100?
I also am under the impression that the i5 would be much better. Would the i5 would be too much of an overkill and not necessarily needed?

Based on costs I ended up with 955<965<i3-2100 using the Phenom II X4/Asus M5A88-V EVO and i3-2100/Asus P8Z68-V LE. The 2100 is $5 more than the 965, 2100 is $25 more than the 955. After changing the mobo to Asus P8Z68-V LE, the i5-2500 is $83 more than the i3-2100 (which is about right considering the different price of 2100 and 2500).


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do you plan to overclock?
I might not initially, but perhaps will later on. How would it affect the configuration?
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Originally Posted by rokphish View Post
I might not initially, but perhaps will later on. How would it affect the configuration?
The K version of intel processors are made for overclocking. You should go with the i5-2500K or the i7-2600K if you are serious about graphic editing. The K versions are only like $10 more
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The K version of intel processors are made for overclocking. You should go with the i5-2500K or the i7-2600K if you are serious about graphic editing. The K versions are only like $10 more
Exactly. Also, 4 ram modules can put additional stress on your processors memory controler which can limit overclocking potential so if you want to go with 8 gigs of ram I would suggest 4x2 as opposed to 2x4.
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So, you're saying using the integrated graphics would be more than adequate for Photoshop+Premier? I'm under the impression that I would need to use separate vga for those.
The addition of those programs certainly changes things up a bit, but don't worry...I'll explain.



As you can see, an i3 outperforms the X4 by 50%, so it's most definitely the way to go between the two...

As well, Photoshop and Premier support GPU acceleration: http://www.nvidia.com/object/adobe_photoshop.html

You don't need to go crazy with a high-end card, though...

Edit - Here's the i5-2500 on the same benchmark for comparison:

Edited by jlells01 - 10/7/11 at 7:27am
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Originally Posted by mystiksinner View Post
Exactly. Also, 4 ram modules can put additional stress on your processors memory controler which can limit overclocking potential so if you want to go with 8 gigs of ram I would suggest 4x2 as opposed to 2x4.
i'm assuming you meant to say 2x4gb is better than 4x2gb, right?
is pairing better than having just a single module? that is, 2x4gb is better than 1x8gb?
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wow, thank you jlells01!

according to the link, the photoshop/premier favors nvidia card compared to radeon, is it correct? or it doesn't really matter nvidia/radeon?

you said not to crazy with high-end cards, so, which would you recommend? there's just so many out there even with the same types/series.
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