- 54 months ago
I spent about 1,000USD on my current system 5 years ago and still love it, but I need a second machine so I'm hoping to get something pretty similar but with more updated parts for a lower cost. My ideal new system only needs to be slightly more powerful (maybe just more ram would help? my current doesn't have much...) to handle my huge paintings more smoothly. Double bonus points if it's a quiet machine. Someone also suggested going for mini-itx, but all the suggested builds I found I think are overkill. Definitely over budget.
For reference this is my current set up:
CPU: Intel i7-950 3.06 GHz
Mobo: gigabyte x58a-ud3r
GPU: gtx 460 1gb
Memory: 6gb - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
PSU: Corsair gold 850 modular. It's overkill but it was the only thing I could get on short notice when my old one died.
Budget for new build: 500-700USD
Use: Photoshop CS5 for Photography/Painting (editing large RAW files, painting on large canvas 3000~50002 x anywhere from 10~80 layers) Some After Effects
Peripherals required: None
Operating System required: Windows 7