Originally Posted by Ben the OCer
What program does he use for photo editing because the two other tasks are pretty basic and can be served by pretty modest hardware. If you end up going with an Ivy Bridge i3 just stay away from the i3 3220 and 3240 because they only have HD2500 graphics which is substantially less powerful than the HD4000 graphics in the i3 3225. Unfortunately Intel uses the HD2500 in almost everything below the i5 3570K, besides the i3 3225. I'm just not real fond of the price of the i3 3225, it seems over priced to me.
Have you considered the CPU + discrete GPU route. For example, you could get a Pentium G860 for 70
and HD7750 for 105
. Just throwing ideas out there, as this would give you still good enough CPU performance but a much faster video card. You could even go really cheap with the Celeron G540 for 45
and HD6670 GDDR5 for 83
. Then with LGA1155 you are open for upgrades to a quad-core CPU in the future. Personally, in my HTPC I have a Celeron G540 and Asus HD7750 that do awesome for the money.
Some photoshop and corel draw.
I know , only the i5 3570k and the 3225 have the hd 4000 graphics... I am not that sure about a dedicated gpu, I think an integraded is better for this build
(he won't game at all)