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Hi guys, this is going to be my first AMD build. I was asked by a family friend to build a computer from about $500-$800 - including the OS, monitor, keyboard and mouse. I think a 1080p monitor is the absolute minimum these days - regardless of build price.

The primary use for this is Photoshop (fairly intensive work), Illustrator and Flash (Basically the entire Adobe Master Suite with the exception of the video-related programs). No gaming is to be done on it, but a decent graphics card would be nice. IIRC, Photoshop does have GPU acceleration, so I'm thinking something along the lines of a 550Ti

I've tried speccing it out myself, but it comes out to about $950 - which is completely out of range. The motherboard can be either mATX or normal ATX. I'm also thinking that 8GB of ram would server this purpose quite well.

What can you guys come up with for me? Since I live in Canada, I'd prefer prices from Newegg.ca, Tigerdirect.ca, MemoryExpress.com, or NCIX.ca

Thanks in advance for any help.

EDIT: HDD doesn't have to be particularly spacious - a 500GB drive should suffice. They have alternate methods of storing data so internal space is not much of a concern.
Edited by shinigamibob - 3/6/12 at 7:11pm
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post #2 of 11
can you add
DirectCanada
Buy.com Canada
Canada Computers
because i have something like this in 850$
CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $224.99 -$15.00 promo $209.99 @ Newegg Canada ($15 off w/ promo code CEMCNHHA36, ends 3/6)

Motherboard
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $108.71 @ DirectCanada

Memory
Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.88 @ Canada Computers

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99 @ Buy.com Canada

Video Card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card $119.99 @ NCIX

Case
BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Canada Computers

Power Supply
Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply $39.99 @ Canada Computers

Monitor
BenQ G2222HDL 21.5" Monitor $119.99 @ Canada Computers

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) $99.99+$5.93 shipping $105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada


Total: $849.45 SHIPPED

Hope you like it redface.gif
Edited by Tarun - 3/6/12 at 9:18pm
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Yeah, website doesn't really matter. So long as they ship anywhere in Canada, and as long as the build stays under 850.

Problem is, I can spec out the parts quite easily, but the monitor and OS add a significant cost to the overall price. For example, the image below is basically my best attempt to fit the bill...which unfortunately it doesn't tongue.gif

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Yeah, website doesn't really matter. So long as they ship anywhere in Canada, and as long as the build stays under 850.
Problem is, I can spec out the parts quite easily, but the monitor and OS add a significant cost to the overall price. For example, the image below is basically my best attempt to fit the bill...which unfortunately it doesn't tongue.gif
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COOLER MASTER PSU ARE TRASH doh.gif
HAVE A LOOK HERE
Hope that helped thumb.gif
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COOLER MASTER PSU ARE TRASH doh.gif
HAVE A LOOK HERE
Hope that helped thumb.gif

Was just gonna say that lmao
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That really helped. Thank you very much. I didn't know that CM PSU's are that bad TBH. I have a 600W CM one on my Q6700 machine right now - its been running fine so far. Guess its just a matter of when it'll eventually blow up XD

Anyone have an AMD alternative? The i5 build is VERY attractive, but I think I can shave some costs by going AMD.
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That cooler isn't necassary is it? The 960T should come with the stock AMD heatsink + fan right?

I ask this because my "client" isn't going to be doing any OC'ing - so the cheaper the better.
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post #9 of 11
Have you considered an APU build? It should be more than enough for Photoshop IMO...
post #10 of 11
550 ti isnt worth the price. Grab a gtx 460 or 6850/6870.

For motherboard id grab the asrock p67 pro or asrock z68 pro3-m for around 100 bucks off amazon or newegg. Cheaper and better quality with less VRM failures.

Everything else looks good.
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