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George Crum Mar 28, 2013, 05:42pm EDT Report Abuse
$600 budget, be able handle photoshop cs5, run dual monitors, all thats needed is the puter itself no peripherals and need Windows 8. Here is what I have

thoughts? changes?

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Naveen Goud Mar 28, 2013, 06:17pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Need to build a budget office PC
Hello George,

In my opinion your budget is too low. I would prefer to go for a i5 or i7 processor with a minimum 6GB RAM and a 320GB HDD. Rest all is good, if you feel your MOBO is sufficient for your activity.

Think about it as this is just a suggestion from me....Good Luck!




George Crum Mar 28, 2013, 06:20pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Need to build a budget office PC
i doubt i can go over $600 otherwise they will stick me on a $400 Dell turd.

john albrich Mar 29, 2013, 09:22am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Need to build a budget office PC

You didn't list keyboard and mouse (Don't know if that's what you meant by "no peripherals" needed).

Re: your specified configuration, it depends on any requirements you have to balance high performance or high-capacity local storage. Since you specified a 128GB SSD, I'm assuming you are relying on networked or "cloud" storage? 128GB is not very much storage these days. It also doesn't provide for any ability to backup your system and project data unless you're using networked (or removable) storage media.

Re: performance considerations...if you don't have a need for blinding speed while images load and/or redraw you can make do with a lower performance CPU and/or slower (usually less expensive) and lower amounts of RAM (although I'd consider your specified 4GB the absolute minimum). The savings can be invested in a higher capacity drive or multiple drives and the ability to include local backup capability.

You may also consider leveraging your requirements so you can invest more in a keyboard with user-definable macro-keys like Microsoft Sidekick X4 (a new X4 can be sometimes found on sale for as little as $50, (on sale at places like or similar. Macros can be very useful on graphics packages. A keyboard with the ability to define and record macros "on the fly" (without having to access any macro-writing software) can also be a plus.

Personally, I like the X4's tactile "feel" and macro software. Others don't. A perk is that it's illuminated so is easy to use in low-light areas...which can be encountered when doing graphics production work.

A "decent" mouse can also set you back about $50. A mouse, especially when doing graphic work, can be a VERY key element of productivity and comfort. Again, my personal preference is to NOT use a mouse with a lot of user-definable buttons. I prefer setting and using keyboard macros, as I find using a mouse with more than 7 "buttons" difficult. However...strictly a matter of user preference. You may also want to use a mouse with selectable that can make switching between general graphic work and "fine" graphic work a bit easier.

George Crum Mar 29, 2013, 11:44am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Need to build a budget office PC
no mouse and keyboard needed, just a tower, this pc will be used mainly for general office work and basically just cutting out photos in photoshop. I chose an SSD for the speed and because we have network storage but maybe the hdd speed on such a lower end rig like this isnt worth it?

George Crum Mar 29, 2013, 12:03pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Need to build a budget office PC
this isnt a personal rig jsut one i would like to build for use at work instead of them buying me a $400 dell



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