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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2012, 07:13 AM - Thread Starter
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Alright guys the wife OK'd the build but only due to the fact that she also needs a new computer for Photoshop since she is in desperate need of an upgrade. So of course I am going to combine the build for a HTPC and Photoshop. There will be little video editing, a lot of surfing the web, and no gaming. This is my 1st build ever, so any input is greatly appreciated.

Living Room Set Up
I have an Onkyo receiver hooked up to a 58" Panasonic Plasma. So running HDMI is not an issue, but the wife would like a mid tower at a workspace close to the living room. We currently watch ALOT of movies and TV Series, mostly MKV's thru my Xbox...but since the Xbox hates MKV's, I have to convert them to MP4's and throw them on an external to watch them and its getting old.


Motherboard
ASrock Pro4-M_1155_mATX_Intel_Motherboard $109.99

Processor
Intel Core_i5_3570K_34GHz_LGA_1155_Processor #169.99

I was going to get them at Microcenter because of there bundle deal...hopefully it is still around

SSD
SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC128B-WW/dp/B0077CR60Q/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1352581601&sr=8-4&keywords=samsung+ssd $89.99 price went up to $96 on Amazon

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache Bare/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD30EZRX $139.99

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $39.99

Cases
I am stuck on cases as I have never built a CPU before, but I am looking for a Mid Tower
I saw this one but I see a lot of people go with the Silverstone
Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case $29.99

Silverstone-Micro-ATX-Mini-DTX-Mini-ITX-PS07B/dp/B006L6ZHAU/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8 $78.99

Help is greatly appreciated...if anyone could just point me in the right direction that would be great.
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Am I going to need a Video Card?

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Mercury Graphics Engine supports:

- CS5: CUDA (NVIDIA cards only)
- CS6: OpenGL and OpenCL (Intel, AMD and NVIDIA cards); CUDA is not supported any longer (but still supported by Premier Pro and After Effects)

So it depends on the version of Photoshop. Reference:

- Adobe Hardware Performance White Paper
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