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Budget Photoshop build

ducktoller
  • 57 months ago

ETA - I have gotten money help. The new budget is $1500. :)

Hi everyone!

I have been looking into building my first PC since my current laptop is on its last legs. I am a graphic design/illustration student looking to run Adobe CS5 (mostly Photoshop and Illustrator with some InDesign). I'm in Atlantic Canada and hoping to spend $600 Canadian (might be able to stretch to $700). I tried, in my complete inexperience, doing a part list which ended up coming at $1100, which is just too big of a stretch at this point.

Something with at least 8GB of RAM would be the goal. I sometimes work with fairly large PS files, 300mb, so the more RAM the better. I was thinking doing a small SSD for OS and installs and larger HDD (500GB would probably be enough). 64bit OS would be great since Photoshop can utilize that. No optical drive needed, though might be nice to have the option to add one later.

I will also need to buy Windows (probably 7 64bit), a keyboard (can be crappy and cheap) and a monitor (can be cheap and small, though 1080p would be nice. Can you even get lower res monitors any more?). No other peripherals needed right now. Given my novice status as a PC builder, I'd like to avoid overclocking if possible, but I'm willing to try if need be. In terms of form factor, smaller would be better but a full sized tower is okay.

Is this possible on my budget, or do I need to save up some more? I am willing to wait until later this year for holiday sales. Thanks so much!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I suppose this will work. It's really hard to get in the $600 budget. Even choosing all the cheapest acceptable parts, I could only get it to $588, but it used an entirely unacceptable processor and no graphics card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $91.98 @ NCIX
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-DS2H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $59.94 @ shopRBC
Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $54.99 @ Memory Express
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.50 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card Zotac GeForce GT 730 1GB Video Card $60.48 @ shopRBC
Case Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case $33.49 @ DirectCanada
Power Supply Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply $36.53 @ Amazon Canada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $107.92 @ shopRBC
Monitor Acer UM.WV6AA.B01 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $125.50 @ Vuugo
Keyboard Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99 @ NCIX
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $685.31
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-18 10:28 EDT-0400
  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much fellway! I spoke to my parents today and they are willing to chip in some money. $1500 is the new budget, which I believe is much more reasonable for my needs? If possible with the extra money it might be nice to swing for a nicer monitor, maybe even an IPS? If you have any ideas for that price point, I would be very appreciative.

...and to clarify "nicer monitor", in my case colour and contrast is more important than response time.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this is a significantly better machine. It has the latest i5, so it will be competent for quite a while. I upped the GPU to a 750ti, but I'm still not entirely convinced it will be fully utilized. The build is in a microATX form factor with a great little case, and it has a nice 23.8" IPS monitor. All in the new budget constraint with some money to spare

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $330.16 @ shopRBC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $43.85 @ Newegg Canada
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $148.97 @ DirectCanada
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99 @ Memory Express
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Canada Computers
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $56.39 @ Vuugo
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $163.50 @ Vuugo
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $75.59 @ DirectCanada
Power Supply SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.98 @ Newegg Canada
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) $107.92 @ shopRBC
Monitor LG 24MB35PU-B 60Hz 23.8" Monitor $179.00 @ Canada Computers
Keyboard Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99 @ NCIX
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1345.33
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-09-18 12:28 EDT-0400
  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that looks great, thanks for the quick reply! I'm curious to learn more than anything else, is there a reason you went with DDR4 over DDR3?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Because with the Skylake processor era (the newer processors on the lga-1151 socket), the standard ram support is for ddr4 rather than ddr3. It's a bit faster, especially for workstation-y stuff, so it fits better anyway.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. So much stuff to learn! Thank you.

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