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As per title -upgrading while downgrading in size.
Is this a sound choice for under $600?
Using it for photo editing & digital art. May crossfire in a month or so for games.
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Is the ram enough for the programs you want to run? 8GB is usually plenty but some graphics editing programs def benefit from much much more ram. You don't want to run 4 sticks of ram so it is best to get what you need now. Also if you are going to be using the APU graphics then faster ram does have an affect on the FPS but it doesn't actually matter if you end up buying a dedicated card later.

Main thing I would point out is simply if that is enough ram for the program you plan to use.

If you are using photoshop it can use a TON of ram so I would recommend you grab 16GB and then go and change the settings for the amount of ram that photoshop can use. It is set to use 60% of the systems available ram. While this number would probably be a good number if you only had 4GB of ram once you have 16 well you systems doesn't need 40% of 16 it needs more like 15% so set photoshop to use 85%.

That is all I can really recommend to you.

I should also mention that in photoshop and other similar programs it is game over if you run out of ram and have your swap file on a traditional hard drive so if you have an SSD then it isn't that bad to run out of ram but with a normal HD photoshop sucks if you run out of ram.
Edited by givmedew - 9/17/13 at 10:53pm
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I have never had issues with the RAM, and I'm only running 4gb now so I figured be on the safe side and get 8gb. 16gb would be over budget.
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If you have no problems now then you won't have any unless you significantly increase the size of the image you are working with. If a new camera is in your future it may matter but if not then I wouldn't worry about it then.
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So everything else is ok? I'm wondering about the psu. Is it sufficient if I replace the fans and add an AIO cooler and a 6670 to hybrid crossfire with?
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That PSU is plenty... if anyone tells you different they just don't know what they are talking about.


This is a hypothetical build using a 7970 video card

System Type: 1 physical CPU
Motherboard: Regular - Desktop
CPU Socket: Socket FM2
CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4100 MHz Richland
CPU Utilization (TDP): 90% TDP

RAM: 2 Sticks DDR3 SDRAM
Video Card 1: AMD Radeon HD 7970


ATTENTION: FOR PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY


IDE HDD 7200 rpm: 2 HDDs

Flash SSD: 1 Drive
Blu Ray BD-RE/DVD/CD: 1 Drive

Fans
Regular: 4 Fans 120mm;
Water Cooling Kit: Corsair Hydro H100

Keyboard and mouse: Yes

System Load: 90 %



Minimum PSU Wattage: 397 Watts
Recommended Wattage: 447 Watts
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