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Need to get my mom a 2nd comp.

Her current rig is an i7 920 that I built awhile ago.

She mostly uses Photoshop/Illustrator.

Was playing around with the idea of just getting her a Mac but than costs hit me.

So any ideas will be appreciated.

Still checking Mac prices (though cost of software might kill budget, we already have a legit Windows version).

Just get her an i7 2600k?

Would also need suggestions for monitors this build. She wants to try multi monitor.
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Whats the reason for the upgrade?

Edit:

PS benchmark with 2600k and i7 920.

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Edited by silvrr - 3/9/12 at 8:23am
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Originally Posted by silvrr View Post

Whats the reason for the upgrade?

I was thinking the same thing, an i7 920 is still really good doh.gif OC that baby if you havent!
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Doesn't really have to be an upgrade but I would like it to be.

She hired a part-timer for her business and sharing computers for doing graphic design really slows down production.

Just need a 2nd comp. I would like it to be faster than her current rig so my mom could use the new system. Than she could let her assistant use the old rig.

Was toying with the idea of a Mac since I can shove the comp troubleshooting to their customer care.

The i7 already running at a measly 3.6 ghz. These chips are hot, don't really want to push it since I have to take a day off to trouble shoot for her if anything happens.
Edited by evilferret - 3/9/12 at 8:23am
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Ahhh, what's her/your budget? is graphic design what she does for a living or a hobby or both? Dual monitors is easy, Photoshop doesnt even need a good GPU. tongue.gif
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I can swing 2k budget (its going to be my gift) but would like it to be less (obviously). Realistically would like to spend 1.5k.

2k if I find a nice dual monitor setup for her.

She runs a print shop so its for business.
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Originally Posted by Ironman517 View Post

I was thinking the same thing, an i7 920 is still really good doh.gif OC that baby if you havent!

You won't see a lot of gains in overclocking, shorter times for bulk processing but no change in the 'feel'.

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This is on my sig rig and comparing to the laptop in my sig rig. The difference between the sig rig at stock and the lap top is night and day. The desktop has no lag in anything I run in lightroom. However, overclocking the CPU, even up to 4.7 now, I could not tell you what clock it was at when I am working on shots.

OP, I think you would need to see changes in minutes in benchmarks before you would really see a difference in the upgrade. Possibly if the old rig has 5400RPM disks it could benefit from and upgrade but overall your not going to see a lot of difference.
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I can swing 2k budget (its going to be my gift) but would like it to be less (obviously). Realistically would like to spend 1.5k.
2k if I find a nice dual monitor setup for her.
She runs a print shop so its for business.

With a $1500 budget, you might be able to pull a i7-3930K out of it, but imo it will not be a huge increase from a 2600K. You might want to wait for ivy. If not, Ill see what I can come up with.
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