Photo/Video Editing 1st Build. Is it good?


Jul 27, 2011
Building a setup that needs to be able to run Adobe Photoshop, Light Room and Firefox open at the same time. Are all the parts compatible with each other, and open for ideas for items that work just as good that are cheaper. I've been searching for similar builds and this is what was seemed to fit the best. Let me know.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: ~<800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, Internet, Light Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or anywhere cheaper

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: Will be working with Lightroom and Photoshop and Internet open at same time. Needs to keep up.


Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
Combo with Case (Save $13) total $231

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $119.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $64.99

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $119.99 ($89.99 after MIR)

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $59.99
Do I need a SSD? Trying to decide if it is really worth the extra money.

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Was debating between the Antec 900 but didn't know if the extra cost was worth it.

Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $94.99 ($69.99 after MIR)

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium $99.99

DVD Burner: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM - $20.99

Total - $812.90 - ($55 MIR) = $757.90

This is going to be my first build. I've been reading up on everything for the past week -- looking at other people's build. Hopefully everything is compatible. Just wanted someone to give my build a look over--- see if there's any problems or improvements that could be made. I appreciate any help or input, thanks. If I forgot to include something, let me know. If there is something that will meet my needs for cheaper am all for it.
I think you have nailed the processor/RAM/ mb /HDD part of the build

But your power supply is way overkill . That rig will run happily on a 380W antec psu . Even allowing for some expansion it doesnt need more than 550 watts so you should save money here .
Id spend what you save on a better case . I would probably choose a case for silence rather than gaming air flow . But thats my personal choice since the hum of fans bugs me when Im working

An Antec Sonata 4 with included psu perhaps?
But cases are a personal choice more than any other component

Dont forget a 64 bit version of windows to make use of all the RAM