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