Solved Advice required for new PC Build for web/graphic designer

Adobe Photoshop cs6
October 31, 2013 at 09:19:39
Specs: Windows 7
Hi Everyone,

I am a web / graphic designer. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Chrome almost every time.
Sometimes I use some basic features of Adobe Premier, 3D Max Studio (very rarely), etc.

I am building a new computer but I have a very tight budget ($1000 ~ $1300 USD)

I am planning to get the following components.

1. Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23" LCD Monitor
2. Intel i3 3220 Processor
3. Corsair Neutron Series 64 GB SSD
4. Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB RAM
5. Western Digital 1 TB HDD
6. Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Motherboard
7. Cooler Master N300 Cabinet Case
8. Asus EN210 1 GB Graphic Card
9. Cooler Master Thunder 450W PSU
10. LG DVD Writer (SATA)
11. D Link WiFi PCi Card

Please advice if these components will serve my purpose and provide a smooth work environment (without halts and slow downs)

I would be grateful to receive your valuable advice.


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October 31, 2013 at 18:59:20
Skip the SSD for now and partition a 120GB partition for your OS and programs from the 1TB WD drive. Waiting until you can afford the right SSD would help you be able to purchase the more important core components you will need. This will save you a big expensive mistake and make you a system you can grow with and be proud of.
Look here for one of the bundles with the Gigabyte Z87X motherboards, preferably the i5 4th Gen (at least the i3 4th Gen which you could change out later). Look:
http://www.microcenter.com/site/bra...
If you shop carefully, mostly on Newegg.com, you can afford more than you think you can. You will find some good Acer monitors that are probably better priced than the Dell you listed, which should also help. The other advice above on memory is on point and look for at least a GTX-650 or better graphics card (GTX650 Ti or Ti Boost if you can swing it).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
October 31, 2013 at 10:54:13
You going to have to do better on the following:

CPU - at least an i5
SSD - at least 120GB
RAM - at least 8GB DDR3-1600
Motherboard - get one based on one of the newer Intel chipsets
Graphics - get a card with 1GB GDDR5 128-bit, the EN210 is very low end
Power Supply - choose a different brand & pay attention to the specs - look for 80 plus certification, Active PFC, single +12 rail at 30A or better, 3-5 year warranty


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#2
October 31, 2013 at 11:37:48
Hi riider,

Thanks for your response.

As I mentioned I am on a low budget so I dont have much choice at the moment so I have compromise at some area at the moment. Can you suggest which parts would be best to purchase at the moment and which i can upgrade later (e.g. I can go for a 64 GB SSD as my boot drive right now and upgrade later to 120 or 240)

Also regarding mobo, I saw Z77, H77 and B75. I am confused, If I go with a i3 processor and a basic GPU, which Mobo chipset would be best to go with?

Thanks again for your response :)


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#3
October 31, 2013 at 11:56:07
I would suggest getting a regular hard drive as well for storage of graphic and video files. I also use Photoshop and Premier, you will fill up a 64, 128, 240 gig hard drive in no time. Get yourself at least a 1 TB drive.

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#4
October 31, 2013 at 12:23:09
I already have included that (Point# 5)

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#5
October 31, 2013 at 12:50:32
Ahh, so you did, sorry.

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#6
October 31, 2013 at 14:54:22
The power supply appears to have the specs and 5 year warranty. Not a bad price at the link below.

You could skimp on the graphics card or even get by with on board graphics for a while if necessary.

The smaller SSDs are not as fast as the larger ones. You could try partitioning the 1TB drive and using it for the OS. See if that works.

Your case selection appears to be a bottom mounted PSU, which IMO is not a good as a top mounted one. That is probably why they have all the cooling options. Not sure if it comes with ANY fans installed. I suggest you find a case with no bottom , side, or top vents. Only need front air inlet and 120/140MM rear discharge fan plus the top mounted PSU which also discharges out the rear.

The graphics card you selected comes with a low profile bracket. Verify it also has a standard bracket included.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#7
October 31, 2013 at 18:59:20
✔ Best Answer
Skip the SSD for now and partition a 120GB partition for your OS and programs from the 1TB WD drive. Waiting until you can afford the right SSD would help you be able to purchase the more important core components you will need. This will save you a big expensive mistake and make you a system you can grow with and be proud of.
Look here for one of the bundles with the Gigabyte Z87X motherboards, preferably the i5 4th Gen (at least the i3 4th Gen which you could change out later). Look:
http://www.microcenter.com/site/bra...
If you shop carefully, mostly on Newegg.com, you can afford more than you think you can. You will find some good Acer monitors that are probably better priced than the Dell you listed, which should also help. The other advice above on memory is on point and look for at least a GTX-650 or better graphics card (GTX650 Ti or Ti Boost if you can swing it).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
November 9, 2013 at 06:08:56
Thanks everyone for your valuable answers. I am thinking of dropping the idea of having a cheap graphic card and SSD as suggested. I can buy them later on when I have a better budget.

(P.S. It was had to choose a 'Best Answer'. All of them have helped a lot. Thanks a lot)


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