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A friend of my asked me to make a build for him, it would be used primarily for Photoshop, and Aftereffects but also gaming.
I am from Serbia so for some parts we do have limited options. The budget is around 900-1000 euros. So i thought of three options but i do not have much experience with Adobe applications so it would be nice that someone who does tells me which option is better and if some parts are unnecessary or if i am missing something. Also if 90% of parts are wrong for these programs i wont get mad if you give me a whole build that would be better
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So i was thinking:

cpu: xeon e3 - 1240v2 or 3770k for 1155 option, or a 3820 for the 2011 socket.
Mobo: gigabyte z77 - d3h, or ASROCK X79 Extreme4
CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 612
RAM: 2 x CORSAIR 8GB (2x4GB) 2133MHz DDR3
GPU: GAINWARD GeForce GTX 660 2GB
PSU: SEASONIC SS-520GB 520W
SSD: KINGSTON 120GB SSD SATA600 HyperX 3K
HDD: 2 x WESTERN DIGITAL 1TB 64MB 7k SATA600
CASE: CM Storm Scout 2

In every part combination this is still over the budget ( that is with prices here ), so i would like if you kinda tell me what can i remove or replace to get a lower price but still keep most of the performance/utility.
 

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for those applications you might be better with something like an AMD FX-8320 and then 16GB of ram and then pair it with a HD 7850
 

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If i do go for the AMD option, do you think i should with the extra money get more SSD storage, faster HDDs or try to squeeze a 660ti or 7950 in the build. Also, i know that the fx-8350 is a good cpu ( a other friend has it and it flying in most games ), but is it as fast as the i7s or the Xeon in Aftereffects?
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($61.19 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1096.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 08:56 EST-0500)
 

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i found that an overclocked FX8350 is on par with most of the i7s however because it costs less it makes it worth it
 

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Why even bother with the SSD's? Adobe programs don't need it, plus a couple of them would fill 120GB in no time anyway, not to mention any game installs. Skip the SSD, save $93.
 

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Originally Posted by PwndN00b View Post

Why even bother with the SSD's? Adobe programs don't need it, plus a couple of them would fill 120GB in no time anyway, not to mention any game installs. Skip the SSD, save $93.
just basing it on what the guy originally put
 

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The SSD is mostly for the OS anyway, and since the build wthenshaw posted is around 850 euros, it is even under budget so it really doesn't hurt to have faster boot time and a more responsive system. I have a 7870 and it overclocks well and is pretty fast so maybe one of those is a good addition to the rig. Now they aren't that more expensive then the 7850 so i think it might be worth it.
I did forget to mention that he has a 2560x1440 monitor so that is why I am worried about the graphics card.
 

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Yea it kinda is so the Sapphire 7950 is good, or a gigabyte one i will compare the prices, this build is probably happening the next weekend so i will keep you guys informed, and tell you the final outcome.
 

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the gigabyte cards normally have a higher stock clock and the coolers are very effective and quiet
 
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