Last check- 625$ desktop for Photoshop/Video Editing (No games)

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Hey guys, most likely I'll be purchasing in a week (I doubt the hardware will change much between now and then lol, so I figure its ok to ask).
I don't need a keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers, or OS (planning on using Windows 7 RC, if anyone objects advise me if I shouldn't use an RC as the main OS).

Trying to keep the budget around 625$, and its primary use will be to transfer/print/edit photos and videos, & browse the web.

My only concern is the video card- I don't need anything too special, so I really just want one that works right away with no issues. From reviews, people are claiming the e4650 has some driver issues, so if I could, I'd like to avoid that.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=10569992

If you need anymore info, I'll respond ASAP.
:D Thanks guys. :hello:
 

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I think you would be better served with a Phenom II 940 instead of the Q8400. Benchmarks show it ahead of most Intel CPU's under the Q9400, the extra cache of the 940 will help out a good deal. You can also get it on the 790GX chipset, which will mean you don't need a GPU, the HD 3300 should be enough to do what you need.
 

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Although if you would rather go with the Intel build, you don't need that motherboard. Its pretty expensive for what you are looking to do. The GA-EP43-UD3L would be a better option I think for you, you could maybe afford the Q9400 or Q9450 if you did that instead. You don't need 2x PCIEx16 slots and crossfire support, so don't pay for them.
 

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Lol, I would really love to get an AMD 940, but unfortunately this person is dead centered on an intel chip (I tried to convince them otherwise, but it seems they had some kind of nightmare with a Dual Core AMD in the past).
So, they're kinda stubborn. Thanks for the advice though (if this was my build I'd probably get an AMD lol). :(
 

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Replied exactly as I made the second post lol.
Yeah, changed out the mobo, plus I prefer Gigabyte. Will I have to change out the RAM, the memory standard is Memory Standard DDR2 1200(O.C)/1066, can I just throw in DDR2-800?
 
I would recommend DDR3 now, because prices are dropping and DDR2 prices are rising. If you want more RAM later, you'll get it for less.

Gigabyte UD3R (DDR3) board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128364

G.skill DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231200


Now that I've said that, you would get better performance with an AMD build:

Phenom II and 790X combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.190732

However, since that CPU doesn't have a DDR3 controller you would be stuck with DDR2.
 

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Errrr, DDR3 seems over the top. If they ever need it, I'll add it later when I update the Motherboard.
The Micro ATX is a bit more expensive, so I don't think the extra airflow/space is really worth it. The case should be able to fit everything OK, so I don't see any problems with that.
I would like to OC the Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 to around 2.8/3.0 if possible, can anyone recommend a nice CPU cooler that would fit in a Midtower?