An affordable but fast Photoshop machine?

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An affordable but fast Photoshop machine?
Sep 8, 2006

Encouraged by the great threads here on building one's own PC (thanks again Steve and others) rather than ordering something overpriced from Dell, I asked my local computer store to design a good bang-for-the-buck Photoshop machine. (This never would have dawned on me were it not for the discussions here.) Here's what the owner proposed to order and assemble for about USD$1750, which is about all I can afford. I have an external Maxtor 300 GB hard drive that i would add to the system.

CasEdge TS-01 mid tower case (black/silver)
Enermax FMAII 535W dual fan power supply
ASUS P5WD2E-P mainboard
Intel Core2Duo E6400 CPU
Coolermaster Hyper L3 CPU cooler
Crucial 2GB DDR2-800 Ballistix memory kit
MSI nVidia 7600GT 256MB PCI-E video card
Western Digital 250GB SATA2 16MB 7200rpm hard drive
Vantec all-in-one internal memory card reader (black)
LG H10N 16x DL DVD+ -RW drive (black)
Microsoft or Logitech basic keyboard & optical wheel mouse bundle (black)
Microsoft Windows XP Home (oem)

I welcome any comments on how well these components mesh with one another and whether a few extra dollars on one or two pieces would yield a substantially better machine. I'm also interested in this configuration's ability to be moderately overclocked.

Many thanks in advance.

Bill

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