If you had $1500 to $2000 to spend for a desktop for CS6, what would you choose.?

Started Dec 26, 2012 | Questions thread
andrewsf Contributing Member • Posts: 603
Re: If you had $1500 to $2000 to spend for a desktop for CS6, what would you choose.?

Building a PC is really quite easy but there is definitely potential to screw things up resulting in costly repairs or replacements.

Here is what I bought back in May 2012 for mainly photo and video editing. it's rediculously fast. I often have DPP, Lightroom, and CS5 open at the same time, playing music and sometimes even running a linux VM. No worries.

Nexus Real Silent 120mm Case Fan     $18.00

CoolerMaster Elite 430 Black with window     $49.00

Antec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply HCG-520     $79.00

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit with SP1 OEM     $139.00

LG CH12LS28 12X BD-R Blu-ray DVD Combo Drive     $55.00

Corsair CMX16GX3M4A1600C9 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3     $115.00

CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler     $39.00

Intel 520 Series 120GB SSD     $195.00

Intel Core i7 3770K    $379.00

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Motherboard     $185.00

I subsequently upgraded to a 256GB Samsung 830 SSD, installed another 3TB HDD in it and was given an old graphics card.

Already had a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Plus a few external drives for bulk storage.

I've got the CPU running at 4.2GHZ using a mild overclock and with the Hyper 212 cooler, the temps are quite low, even on a hot day. I got that to keep noise down as the fan barely even needs to speed up in every day use.

All up, it cost me about 70% of what it would have if I'd bought a pre-built system so you can save some cash doing it this way. By doing a fresh install of windows, you know you're not getting the manufacturer's unnecessary software installed.

If you can get something close to these specs, you'll be doing fine. You probably don't need an SSD or a K processor if you're not overclocking.

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