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My dad is looking to upgrade his PC at home to something better than an old Athlon 2 dual-core. If possible I would like to get him onto an i7 for under $750. He is primarily using photoshop but is going to start doing some video editing as well. He may end up getting the full Master Suite which supports GPU processing in which case he would need a PSU that can handle it. As for a case, he has liked his Antec Three Hundred so a mid tower with a simple design (nothing fancy) is all good.

Since AMD is my forte, any build suggestions would be much appreciated.
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My dad is looking to upgrade his PC at home to something better than an old Athlon 2 dual-core. If possible I would like to get him onto an i7 for under $750. He is primarily using photoshop but is going to start doing some video editing as well. He may end up getting the full Master Suite which supports GPU processing in which case he would need a PSU that can handle it. As for a case, he has liked his Antec Three Hundred so a mid tower with a simple design (nothing fancy) is all good.

Since AMD is my forte, any build suggestions would be much appreciated.
GPU needed?
*EDIT*
Also anything he can re-use from his current build?
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The current build will be going to my mother, minus the H5450 that is in it. While I know that GPU isn't supported in any meaningful way its still better than integrated graphics, or was at the time. As for needing a GPU right now, no. Down the road he may need one which is why the PSU needs the overhead to run a GPU.

Sorry if this isn't all that clear, I'm busy at work and posting while juggling other projects. thumb.gif
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Ok here we go.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xHXB
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $703.92

Ok so I decided to go with a Xeon instead of an i7 mainly because this will use less power, its just as powerful as the 4770 (non k) and this was you can drop down to an h87 motherboard without any issues. Speaking of which, there is an H87 motherboard which supports 32GB of ram and dual video cards (just incase). I found a 240GB SSD and a 1T in the budget. Also that 450W capstone should support a GPU without issues.
Any questions just ask!
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Amd build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xIop
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xIop/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xIop/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.53 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $760.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 13:31 EDT-0400)

Intel build
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY XLR8 PRO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $731.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/24/14 at 11:33am
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Amd build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xIop
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xIop/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xIop/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.53 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $760.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Intel build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xJq3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xJq3/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xJq3/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V3 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($203.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY XLR8 PRO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $690.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Question, and I dont mean to sound like a dick, but do you just copy paste the same rigs over and over in all the threads that have to do with new builds?
This is a photoshop/video editing rig, and while the 8320 would work decently, the i7's/E3-1230v3's and above will work infinitely better for this (the 1220 would just fall flat on its face). Also, OP will more then likely need 16GB of ram or more, since photoshop is a RAM intensive program. GPU really isnt needed at all until he gets the master suite, at which time I assume he will get a quadro or firepro card and the SSD is too small on both rigs. On top of that, a case isnt even needed, OP has one.
Common man, im slightly disappointed in you frown.gif
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Question, and I dont mean to sound like a dick, but do you just copy paste the same rigs over and over in all the threads that have to do with new builds?
This is a photoshop/video editing rig, and while the 8320 would work decently, the i7's/E3-1230v3's and above will work infinitely better for this (the 1220 would just fall flat on its face). Also, OP will more then likely need 16GB of ram or more, since photoshop is a RAM intensive program. GPU really isnt needed at all until he gets the master suite, at which time I assume he will get a quadro or firepro card and the SSD is too small on both rigs. On top of that, a case isnt even needed, OP has one.
Common man, im slightly disappointed in you frown.gif

Maybe I re did an amd build because fits all needs for image editing(up tp 109mb file image)
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Photoshop-CS6-Memory-Optimization-182/page4
109mb image needs 6gb ram ,did you ask which was the worsize with photoshop?no you didnt
Now the cpu the fx 8320 oced out performs a xeon locked to 3.3
And I rechecked the other xeon as I dont use to selected I didnt know that. The difference was quite high

Now about the gpu I thought that they had opencl for video card but as I can see it is cuda only
The case can fit tall heatsinks(maybe the three hundred too and if the old computer was going to be for his mother then they need a case...

But in case he is going for 16gb usage

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xL1C
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xL1C/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xL1C/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.10 @ Amazon)
Storage: PNY XLR8 PRO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $740.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Btw you forgot that the 1230v3 doesnt have igp

Amd build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xL85
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xL85/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xL85/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.53 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.10 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $668.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Edited by PontiacGTX - 4/24/14 at 12:04pm
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Maybe I re did an amd build because fits all needs for image editing(up tp 109mb file image)
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Photoshop-CS6-Memory-Optimization-182/page4
109mb image needs 6gb ram ,did you ask which was the worsize with photoshop?no you didnt
Now the cpu the fx 8320 oced out performs a xeon locked to 3.3
And I rechecked the other xeon as I dont use to selected I didnt know that. The difference was quite high

Now about the gpu I thought that they had opencl for video card but as I can see it is cuda only
The case can fit tall heatsinks(maybe the three hundred too and if the old computer was going to be for his mother then they need a case...

But in case he is going for 16gb usage

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($118.10 @ Amazon)
Storage: PNY XLR8 PRO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $740.01

Btw you forgot that the 1230v3 doesnt have igp
They have OpenCL support for Master Suite dont they? I thought it was added in the newest version.
And woops I mis-read about the case. Yes he would need one, then yes the case you picked is great. But I didn't forget the E3 doesnt have an integrated, OP said he was re-using his 5450, so I took that as good enough for now. But I will say that a 120GB SSD might be kind of useless for OP. They fill up quickly, especially for photo editing and video editing.
Also the 8320 with an overclock would probably out-perform the e3, eventually, with great heat and power consumption added. Thats the reason I chose the E3, lower power consumption and faster out of the box. That way there is no need to create potential instability with overclocking.
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Here's what Adobe says about specs for Photoshop: http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/optimize-performance-photoshop-cs4-cs5.html Adobe continues to add support for GPU based processes and this will only continue. In fact you have to subscribe to the Creative Cloud version going forward as Adobe is not going to market perpetual licenses for PS (they will for Lightroom at least for now). I think you do need to add a GPU for the build; it doesn't need to be a high end gaming one but should have 2GB RAM on it.
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CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.99 @ Amazon)
For reasons already mentioned.

Motherboard: Asus VANGUARD B85 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ SuperBiiz)
The vanguard is workstation quality motherboard well suited to long hard CPU loads like rendering and trans-coding. A good quality motherboard is one of the key features that separates a pre-built and a custom computer. Don't take on the downsides of building unless you take on the upsides to offset it IMO.
(Note: PCPARTPICKER doesn't have CPU compatibility listed for the E3 series with this board. I am pretty sure they ARE compatible, but the Asus website is down right now so I can't check, this will need to be confirmed before using this board with an E3)

Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Low voltage 1600-9 Mushkin memory kit offers ample stability overhead from JEDEC standard speeds. "peace of mind" for a few bucks more than the cheapest money can buy. This stability "headroom" is one of the components you can incorporate into a custom that we don't get in pre-built machines.

Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Either a 120GB + 1TB or just a 240GB to start off with. I figure HDs for storage can always be added later. A big SSD at the core is always a nice start.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Superclocked Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Maxwell offers the highest GPGPU compute performance and efficiency in its price class. Highly recommended. EVGA is sort of the "gold standard" in NV GPUs in terms of support and warranty.

ALTERNATIVELY I advise AGAINST using the HD5450, even temporarily for this build. If it comes to that, get the E3-1245V3 or i7-4770 instead and use the HD4600 instead. The HD4600 has a very powerful fixed function hardware encoder that may be able to replace heavy CPU usage for transcoding, which could actually prove to be more useful than a discrete GPU depending on the situation. YMMV so either way, just don't bother with the HD5450 has it has less performance in every measurable way than the iGPU on a haswell desktop part.

Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
A budget case that has a nice "quality workstation" appearance.

Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Seasonic G. Need I say more? Well... again, the rational here is that we don't want to sacrifice the advantages of building by going with a budget PSU.

Total: $830 SHIPPED ($810 after MIRs)
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Over budget but this is a high quality approach to the whole thing that justifies going through the trouble of building rather than buying pre-built... Top brands and top quality picks in as many places as possible. Note: some of the builds proposed depend on large numbers of MIRs to come through to hit the budget, actual out-of-pocket is even higher than this build.
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Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
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LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
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logitec M235 
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FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
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Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
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Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
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Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
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FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
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Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
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yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
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Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
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Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
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A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
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Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
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LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
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